Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus: Our full report

Best for 16+
All year

Camp Sossus opened in April 2018. It is a semi permanent tented camp in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib area in the Neuhof Nature Reserve. Operating between April and November and available only to book on an exclusive basis, it offers an exclusive and unique experience as a part of a guided trip round Namibia.

Formerly Sossus under Canvas we believe this is an exciting option in the Sossusvlei area. We have long known the experienced team behind it and whilst we have not yet visited ourselves we trust this will be a well-run operation with an emphasis on exceptional guiding.

We understand that Camp Sossus has eight Meru tents including two family units. Each tent will have an open-air en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and bucket shower.
There is a central lounge and dining area and a fireplace where guests can gather. We understand the camp is comfortable but perhaps a little more basic than some other options in the area – the focus here is on a real “under canvas” wilderness experience and guiding rather than luxury.

As a protection from the prevailing east winds, the tents will have natural stonewalls on the eastern side. The roofs will be built from recycled oil drums and recycled wood and metal will be used for the interiors too perhaps lending a more solid feel than the semi permanent design alludes to. The visual appearance of the camp aims to blend in with its environment and to be nearly invisible from a distance.

Using solar power and recycled materials for the construction will minimize the camp's environmental impact. Hence as with its sister camp Huab Under Canvas, Camp Sossus is aiming to be amongst the most eco-friendly camps in Namibia.

Activities at Camp Sossus focus on visits to Sossusvlei and nature drives in the private Neuhof Nature Reserve. A private guide will take guests on game drives and nature walks or arrange some stargazing or desert pool experiences. Further options include trips to a plateau with striking views over the Namib Desert, a multi-day walking safari or a night in the sleep out under the stars. The location also offers great possibilities for hot air ballooning and helicopter or fixed wing scenic flights.

Our view

We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with as many as possible of Namibia's camps, new and old, in order to give you an impartial opinion based on personal experience. While we haven't yet had a chance to visit Camp Sossus, we expect it to be an exclusive and authentic option for your safari holiday. Once we have more information and/or one of our team has visited, we'll post more details here.


Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights

Directions: The camp is only accessible with an Ultimate Guide.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Ultimate Safaris

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included


Power supply: Solar Power

Health & safety

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Khorixas, 90km away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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