Desert Homestead

Reviews of Desert Homestead

Excellent(91%) From 87 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 87 of our travellers who have visited Desert Homestead, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms L. from Heathfield
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good location for exploring Sossusvlei

We enjoyed our two nights at Desert Homestead. It is about 25 km from Sossusvlei along a very rough gravel road.

Our hut was quite small, but well appointed with a lovely bathroom and great views of the mountains. The staff are maybe not as friendly as some we have encountered but they provided everything we needed. The food was very good and there were lots of options for tables outside or in.

We went horse-riding, which we wouldn't really recommend highly as the guide wasn't very talkative and the horses seemed rather tired. The walk up the mountain from the Homestead is worth doing, especially at sunset.

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Mr & Mrs T from Bucks
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sundowners and Dunes in the Desert...

Stunning location and super rooms - we had two new 'huts' 24 and 25 furthest from the main centre of the camp but worth it for the location and view. Do climb the nearby hill for a view back over the camp and the mountains.

We did the sun-downer drive which was simply amazing. Completely isolated stunning view as the sun went down with drinks and nibbles - a very special memory.

Use this as a reasonably close location for the dunes - we did the drive to the Sestriem gate and then into the dunes with breakfast included. The trip was a little long but absolutely a highlight of our Namibia trip. Very knowledgeable guides with great ability to find snakes and spiders...

Rooms are super and the beds wonderful - and what a view to wake up to. Sky at night is awesome too.

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Mr & Mrs S - Wellington
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Homestead review

Drive from Swakopmund to Desert Homestead. A long hard drive. Took more like 8 hours. Not a good road altho very scenic. Wished we had stayed somewhere en route - there looked to be some interesting/ attractive places.

Desert Homestead. Suggest that on the separate page about this place it says that it is 22 kms south of Sesriem. It seemed to be endless getting there. (Later I saw on our itinerary that it is “just over 30kms from Sesriem”). Also there are two parts to the Desert Homestead, both signposted separately from the road. We guessed - correctly - we were in the Lodge but it may help to say exactly which part is booked.

It was a lovely spot - again good food, really attractive chalets. We went with the lodge guide to Sossusvlei - a good choice. Another day here would have been very nice too - to walk around a bit or relax by their pool. The setting was very scenic - made up for it being further away from Sesriem for visiting Sossusvlei.

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Mr &a Mrs G. from Ringwood
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Homestead review

Staff were very friendly and happy to assist when asked although not that proactive. Unlike other lodges we stayed at, no one offered to help carry our bags from the car to the room (I later saw a note in reception saying that if we wanted help moving luggage to please ask). Facilities were good and rooms comfortable. We found the evening meal choice very average although the staff tried very hard to entertain us with their singing.

However, we did find that it was a little too far away from Sossusvlei especially considering that there is still a long drive once you get to Sesriem gate to access Dune 45, the Deadvlei, etc. Next time, depending on costs, I would consider somewhere located closer to Sesriem gate as the sightseeing in the park/reserve was our main reason for visiting the area.

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Mr M. from London
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Homestead review

Fractionally less luxurious than some other lodges, but exhilarating sense of space and adventure and particularly enjoyed sundowner ride out ( crazy gallop ) and interaction with the staff

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Mr JM and family - Portugal
Arrived on: 3-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent value for money.

Very friendly and helpful staff.Nice sundowner drive with very knowledgeable guide.

Great food and ambiance. Reasonably close to Sossusvllei dunes.

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Mr H. from Portsmouth
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location for Sossusvlei

Food was excellent, particularly enjoyed the savory tarts served with afternoon tea. Nice room with lovely decor and a big bathroom.

Good base for Sossusvlei dunes -an easy drive. No need to pay for a guide from the hotel We ordered a breakfast package from the lodge and arrived at the dunes for 6am when the gates open.

Small pool with a variety of shaded and un-shaded seating.

Great views from room and main lodge. We did the short walk up to the rocky Hill to watch the sun go down which was worth doing. Also did the horseback sunset ride which was fun but not as good as the other activities we had done as they forgot to let the stables know we had booked on and prepare our horses in time and we had to ride back in the dark.

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Mr J. from Floral Park
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nice view, rooms were great.

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Ms B & Mr C - Maryland
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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the Desert was amazing

This was a really lovely portion of our trip and was a great place to see the stars.

Oryx walked right up to our room!

It was hot all night long here.

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Mrs S. from Brentford
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great stay at Desert Homestead

A beautiful place, lovely detached chalets with verandahs, quirky bathrooms with great shower.

We varied between us on our opinions of the food at dinner although we agreed that the self-service afternoon tea + cake was very good. The outdoor restaurant and lounge area were beautifully presented. Our first sundowner drive of the holiday - with a spectacular sunset!

Our self-drive excursion to Sussusvlei was easy though longer than we expected. We had a wonderful day exploring the remarkable & unforgettable landscapes and took some stunning photos....it would be difficult to take a poor one of the stark beauty and contrasting colours. The lodge provided us with a substantial and tasty picnic lunch.

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