This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Skip to main content

Talk to an expert 1-800-242-2434 Lines open now

User menu
Desert Camp
Desert Camp
Desert Camp
Desert Camp
Desert Camp
Desert Camp

Desert Camp: Our full report

Desert Camp is an economical self-catering option situated about 5km from the Sesriem entrance gate to Sossusvlei.

With spacious en-suite chalets, it's ideal for independent travellers and makes a good base from which to explore the Namib Desert, one of Namibia's major attractions.

Desert Camp's main area is a cluster of tented buildings set around a manicured lawn and pool. Close to reception is a partly open bar with a large-screen TV, where you may be able to watch major sports events. The bar is open 2.00–10.00pm daily, but we are told that guests can get drinks from the staff at anytime.

The adjacent swimming pool, complete with ornamental fountain, is surrounded by paving and overlooks the desert landscape and a small waterhole, which is often visited by oryx. To one side, two communal 'bomas' –traditional southern African firepits – form a focal point for groups travelling together to enjoy a meal. Each boma also has facilities for meal preparation and washing up.

Desert Camp has 28 self-catering chalets, all built from stone and canvas. Although simple, the chalets are spacious and appear comfortably furnished, with a well thought-out room layout. Each can sleep a family of four, with twin beds and a double sleeper couch suitable for smaller children; there's also hanging space, an en-suite bathroom and separate toilet. Two of the rooms are wheelchair accessible with ramps and adapted bathrooms. These bathrooms are of a wet room style with the toilet and shower rooms knocked together giving more space, they also include handles.

Flanking the room is a small shaded veranda with kitchenette and wooden picnic table. This has a washing-up area, two-plate hob and under-counter fridge. Utensils, cutlery, firewood, firelighters and ice are available, at an extra cost, at Desert Camp's reception for travellers who'd like to cook for themselves. Desert Camp can also provide food stuffs from meats (for the BBQ), salads, bread, breakfast products and tea and coffee sachets, at an extra cost, for those who haven't made it to a supermarket. Each chalet also has a barbecue and its own parking area. Visitors not wishing to self-cater can reserve dinner at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge, next to the Sesriem gate and about 5km from Desert Camp.

It is also possible for guests at Desert Camp to book many of the activities available from Sossusvlei Lodge, including excursions into the dunes, quadbiking, scenic flights and more. You will need to make your own way to the lodge, as their vehicles will not come to Desert Camp to pick you up. From the camp there is a short walk that takes you up a nearby kopje: a perfect spot to watch the sun set, though you need to make sure you are back in camp before it gets dark.


Our view

Desert Camp is a comfortable, affordable option within easy reach of Sesriem and the dunes at Sossusvlei. A self-catering option, it works well for families and groups of travelers who enjoy their independence, although staying here does require more forward planning than staying at the catered properties in the area.

Claire Scott

Claire Scott

Namibia expert

Geographics

Location
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
Stay at least two nights with time to comfortably visit the sand dunes at Sossusvlei and nearby Sesriem Canyon.
Directions
Desert Camp is situated 5km from Sossusvlei Lodge and the Sesriem gate, on the left hand side of the D826.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Room Only

Children

Attitude towards children
Desert Camp welcomes families.
Property’s age restrictions
There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services
None
Equipment
The sofa in each chalet converts into a double bed suitable for smaller children.
Generally recommended for children
Yes, but see ‘notes’ below.
Notes
The pool is unfenced and unguarded so we recommend that children are supervised at all times.

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator in case of power failure.
Communications
Free WiFi is available in the main areas of camp.
TV & radio
The bar has a TV with satellite channels.
Water supply
Borehole

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
No
Medical care
There is a clinic in Sesriem, and those in need of urgent medical care would be airlifted back to Windhoek.

Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Desert Camp. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Security measures
The chalets are lockable.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers outside in the kitchenette area outside each chalet.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Helicopter

    Helicopter

  • Hot air ballooning

    Hot air ballooning

  • Quad-biking

    Quad-biking

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Not included.
Money
Each chalet has a small safe for valuables. Sossusvlei Lodge has money-exchange facilities for foreign currencies and a cash machine.
Accepted payment on location
Desert Camp accepts cash payments in Namibian dollars and South African rand, and both Visa and MasterCard.

Other lodges in Namib-Naukluft National Park

Alternative places to stay in this same area.


Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge offers comfortable rooms with fantastic views of the Namib and a private gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park - a bonus on guided excursions.


92% (328 reviews)
BullsPort Lodge & Farm

BullsPort Lodge & Farm

Bullsport is a cattle and game farm with thoroughbred horses offering warm hospitality and a genuine rural experience.


89% (176 reviews)
Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge offers a high standard of accommodation, delicious food and excellent service in a stunning, peaceful setting just 22km from Sesriem.


97% (154 reviews)
Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge

One of only two properties inside the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge has a superb location, for visiting the dunes.


89% (138 reviews)
Desert Homestead

Desert Homestead

With great-value accommodation in a lovely setting, Desert Homestead is a great base for exploring Sossusvlei.


91% (98 reviews)
Zebra River Lodge

Zebra River Lodge

Zebra River Lodge offers a range of hikes around the Tsaris Mountains from a comfortable and homely base.


91% (94 reviews)
Little Kulala

Little Kulala

A high-end lodge with spectacular views, Little Kulala, makes a great base for visits to Sossusvlei or a balloon ride over the Desert.


98% (62 reviews)
Rostock Ritz

Rostock Ritz

The igloo-style chalets at Rostock Ritz offer exceptional desert views and make a convenient stopover between Swakopmund & Sossusvlei.


90% (41 reviews)
Barkhan Dune Retreat

Barkhan Dune Retreat

Barkhan Dune Retreat is a welcoming lodge close to the impressive Spreetshoogte Pass, majors on hiking and relaxation.


93% (37 reviews)
Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge is one of the larger options in this area. However, it occupies a convenient location next to the Sesriem gate into the Namib-Naukluft Park.


92% (34 reviews)
Desert Homestead Outpost

Desert H-stead Outpost

About 30km from the gate to Sossusveli, Desert Homestead Outpost is a great base for exploring the dunes and surrounding attractions.


97% (19 reviews)
Corona Guest Farm

Corona Guest Farm

In central Namibia, north-east of the Namib-Naukluft, Corona Guest Farm offers a traditional farm stay and rugged hiking.


97% (7 reviews)
Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge can be used as a base to visit Sossusvlei. It offers comfortable accommodation and facilities in the desert.


70% (6 reviews)
Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp is an economical option self-catering, well located for access to Sossusvlei.


100% (5 reviews)
Namib Naukluft Lodge

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Namib Naukluft Lodge offers clean, comfortable rooms with pretty views, although it's 60km from the Sesriem Gate into the Namib-Naukluft Park.


80% (3 reviews)
Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge is a good budget option in the Namib-Naukluft although, it is further from Sossusvlei than we'd typically suggest.


100% (2 reviews)
Le Mirage Lodge

Le Mirage Lodge

Le Mirage Resort and Spa offers accommodation and a range of massage and beauty treatments in a Moroccan-style building in the desert.


80% (2 reviews)
Solitaire Country Lodge

Solitaire Country Lodge

Solitaire Country Lodge is a good stop-off on the way to Sossusvlei and can be used as a base to explore the Naukluft Mountains.


70% (2 reviews)
Desert Hills Glamping Camp

Desert Hills Camp

Conveniently located for the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei Desert Hills Glamping Camp offers a simple but comfortable tents in picturesque surroundings.


90% (2 reviews)
Dead Valley Lodge

Dead Valley Lodge

Dead Valley Lodge is inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park, affording guests almost unprecedented access to the dunes.


100% (1 review)
Desert Grace

Desert Grace

A stylish offering giving access to the famous dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park as well as to activities on a private nature reserve.


100% (1 review)
The Nest at Sossus

The Nest

Designed to emulate the appearance of a sociable weaver nest the opulent Nest at Sossus is arguably the most exclusive private property in the Sossuvlei area.


No reviews yet
Sonop

Sonop

Away from the hustle and bustle of the area immediately surrounding Sossussvlei, Sonop offers a luxurious stay in a remote part of the Namib Desert.


No reviews yet
Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus

Camp Sossus is a offers top notch guiding in a remote wilderness area of the Naukluft Mountains with easy access to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei.


No reviews yet

Login to Expert Africa

Sign in with password

Sign in with email link


New to Expert Africa? Create an account

Forgotten your details?

It's free & quick to set up

  • Order a brochure
  • Save your wish-list
  • Send us an enquiry
  • Pay online for your trip
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Give us feedback on your trip
  • Full site benefits of the site

Need some help? Talk to our team

Africa