Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge: Our full report

21 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (70%) From 6 reviews
All year

The Elegant Desert Lodge (previously known as Betesda Lodge) is about an hour's drive from Sesriem. The lodge was taken over and re-named from 1st November 2016.

We haven't visited this lodge since it was taken over. We understand that they're planning a soft refurbishment to start off with, then later a much more comprehensive refurbishment and upgrade. Ask us for the latest on these.

This is what we know about Elegant Desert Lodge from our previous visits when it was still Betesda:

Betesda Lodge has 17 twin rooms and four family rooms with lovely shaded verandas, as well as 15 camping pitches with braai facilties and hot water. The room are built in a single line with one long terrace at the front and veranda at the back, from which its sometimes possible to watch antelope such as oryx wandering past.

Communal facilities at Betesda Lodge include the stone swimming pool with its shaded sun loungers, a shady lapa/boma with braai surrounded by seats and a bar, and a curio shop. There's also a small raised terrace which gives good views over to the mountains, and is popular for watching the sunrise and the sunset.

Activities offered by Besteda Lodge include quad biking, hiking, sundowner drives to a nearby mountan and trips to Sossusvlei in an air conditioned 4x4. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.) The lodge can also book scenic flights and hot air ballooning, as well as a tour of the Neuras Winery.

Our view

We hope that the new management and refurbishments will bring Elegant Desert Lodge to a much higher standard than it was previously - ask us for the latest on this lodge.


Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights

Directions: Betesda Lodge is located 5km along the D854 from the turnoff from the C19, 40km from Sesriem.

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

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Betesda Lodge.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no ages restrictions at Betesda Lodge.

Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.


Power supply: Solar Power

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care:

Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Betesda Lodge. 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: Low Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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