Desert Homestead

Desert Homestead: Our full report

Rooms
20 chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (90%) From 77 reviews
Children
Fine for all ages
Open
All year

Just over 30km from Sesriem, Desert Homestead offers affordable accommodation in a lovely valley setting, with panoramic views of the Naukluft Mountains and rocky desert landscape. One of the better-value lodges in the area, it is both comfortable and unpretentious.

The lodge is made up of a long row of 20 large, thatched chalets – 19 twins and one for a family – connected by sandy pathways. On our last visit in May 2016, building was underway to add a further five twin chalets.

  • 19 twin chalets at Desert Homestead are built of brick with thatched roofs and concrete verandas. From a small veranda, glass patio doors lead into the bedroom, with views of the desert from the bed. Plain white cotton linen is softened by beige-coloured cushions, while blue headboards and various decorative carvings add touches of colour. A long mirror above the desk reflects light into the room. Ceiling fans cool the rooms, although when we stayed in 2010 we found these ineffective when the mosquito net was down. One of these chalets has a window seat in the bedroom that can be converted to a third bed for a younger child.

    The long, narrow bathroom has a shower, washbasin and flush toilet, with a selection of handcream and soap dispensers. Lack of lighting can make the bathroom seem quite dark, but the facilities are perfectly adequate.

  • The family chalet has the same clean modern feel, but comes with one double and one twin bedroom separated by a shared bathroom. There is a lounge area off the master bedroom with leather armchairs and a coffee table, a great space to shelter from the sun in the middle of the day. Outside the shared patio with wooden table and chairs is an ideal spot for a sundowner.
The main lounge at Desert Homestead offers views of the surrounding desert through large glass windows and from the adjacent veranda. Comfortable sofas and colourful, overstuffed scatter cushions are enticing places to relax, and bar stools line the rustic wooden bar. Tea and coffee are on offer all day, with homemade cakes in the afternoon.

In balmy weather, homely meals are eaten on the wide veranda, with lanterns under the stars; on cold evenings, candle-lit dinners are served in the romantic indoor dining room, warmed by a fire.

Steps from the lounge and veranda area lead down to a small and sparkling pool, sheltered behind rocky outcrops and surrounded by sunloungers. Come here to cool off at the end of a hot day, while taking in the views.

The Desert Homestead offers a range of activities, with a particular focus on horseriding. The sunrise horseriding trip was great fun, even for a novice rider, with beautiful scenery and an informative guide. If horses are not your thing, consider sundowner drives, guided walks and excursions to Sossusvlei and the Naukluft Mountains. Desert Homestead can also book ballooning and scenic flights, as well as quadbiking.

Our view

If you’re after a good-value, comfortable lodge from which to explore Sossusvlei, and don't mind being slightly further from Sesriem than other lodges, look no further than the friendly Desert Homestead.

Geographics

Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Desert Homestead is accessed from the C19, 9km north-west of the C19/D854 crossing.

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

Key personnel

Owner: Ondili Namibia

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: The food at Desert Homestead has a home-cooked feel, and the menu is varied and appealing.

Breakfast is a choice of healthy muesli and yoghurt or a full English breakfast.

on our last visit we don not have a change to eat here however on a previous visit we enjoyed a three-course dinner. The food was delicious and well-presented, focusing on a variety of game meats with sauces cooked in a homely style. For dessert, chocolate mousse was a particular favourite.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10

Drinks included: Not included; to be paid for locally. We are told the borehole water is safe to drink but there is plenty of bottled water that can be purchased if preferred.

Further dining info: No

Special interests

Riding holidays: Desert Homestead is one of the best places for horseriding in Namibia, offering a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

See more ideas for Riding holidays in Namibia

Children

Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Cots can be provided on request.

Notes: The pool is unfenced and there are steps around the lodge so children should be supervised at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: Generator back up

Communications: There is a central phone in the main area which guests can use and pay for locally. There is good cellphone reception at the lodge. Free WiFi is available in the main areas.

TV & radio: No

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: All the bathrooms include flush toilets and hot and cold running water.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Windhoek or Swakopmund. In an emergency, patients would be flown to Windhoek.

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: The lodge managers live on site, and each room has a foghorn to raise the alarm in case of emergency. Each of the chalets is lockable.

Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher in each chalet.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at a charge of N$50 (£2.50) per load (correct May 2016).

Money: Currency exchange is available.

Accepted payment on location: Cash payments may be made in Namibian dollars and South African rand; Visa and MasterCard payments are also accepted.

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