Desert Camp

Desert Camp: Our full report

20 Units
Traveller's rating
Excellent (93%) From 14 reviews
All year

Desert Camp is an economic self-catering option situated about 5km from Sossusvlei Lodge and the Sesriem entrance gate to Sossusvlei. With spacious en-suite units, it's likely to be ideal for independent travellers and makes a good base from where to explore the Namib Desert, one of Namibia's major attractions.

Desert Camp's main area is a cluster of tent shaped buildings set amongst a manicured lawn. There is a reception where guests check in and can purchase ice and fire wood. Nearby stands a partly open bar with the frame and stools constructed from natural tree logs. There is a large screen TV in the bar which may show major sports events. Next to the bar, the swimming pool, complete with ornamental fountain, is surrounded by paving and overlooks the desert landscape. To one side stands the communal 'boma' – a traditional southern African open fire pit around which groups travelling together can sit around to enjoy a meal. The boma also has meal preparation, dining and washing-up facilities.

Desert Camp has 20 self-catering units, all built from stone and canvas. Although simple, the room layout is well thought out and seems to be comfortably furnished. Each unit, which can sleep a family of four, has twin beds, a sleeper couch for children, hanging space and an en suite bathroom. Flanking the room is a small shaded verandah with kitchenette and wooden picnic table. This has a washing-up area, 2-plate hob and under-counter fridge. Utensils, cutlery, firewood and firelighters are available at the camp's reception for travellers who'd like to cook for themselves. Visitors not prepared to self cater can buy meal packs at reception or book to enjoy dinner at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge. Each unit at Desert Camp also has a barbeque and allocated parking area.

Our view

Desert Camp is a comfortable, affordable option for couples, groups or families who may want to self-cater and be located close to Sesriem and Sossusvlei.


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 road.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Desert Camp is owned by Taleni Africa Tourism Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Room Only

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Outdoor Dining


Attitude towards children: Desert Camp welcomes families.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.

Notes: Each room sleeps two adults in twin beds and two young children on a sleeper couch.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: Desert Camp does not have internet facilities but visitors are welcome to make use of facilities at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge.

TV & radio: The open-air bar has a TV with satellite channels.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care:

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


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Not included.