Sossus Dune Lodge

Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge

Good(89%) From 119 travellers
Excellent
70
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 119 of our travellers who have visited Sossus Dune Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B - Brooklyn
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Sossus Dune Lodge is amazing because you get to stay within the actual park and are able to visit the Dunes by sunrise and until sunset before having to leave. This was one of the highlights of our trip.

The service was pretty poor at this lodge. For example, we stayed in the Honeymoon Chalet which is a very very long walk from the main lodge/the exit and were told someone was coming to help us with our luggage upon check out. This person never came until we had already made the 10 minute walk and were steps from the end of the walk. You also park away from the lodge and a shuttle takes you up to the main area, otherwise it is a hot walk uphill. This service was very slow several times and we had to walk halfway up the hill before the vehicle arriving then driving us back to where we started to turn around and go back up.

The rooms are lovely and the view gorgeous. We loved spending time on our balcony. The pool was very refreshing. The rooms do let in quite a few moths and bugs as the windows don't seal well, but with the mosquito netting around our bed it wasn't an issue. In my opinion, it is essential to stay at Sossus Dune Lodge if visiting Sossusvlei!

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good

Sossus Dune Lodge review

We were pleasantly surprised by a lodge that exceeds the normal low standards of government hotels. The staff were excellent, friendly and efficient. The food was good though sometimes slow to arrive. The portion sizes were too big. The length of the walkway to the rooms is a drawback but it did provide exercise after too much time sitting in vehicles. The rooms are very hot. However if one ignored the the warnings about baboons (which were conspicuous by their absence) and opened both front and back doors and all windows the afternoon heat was manageable. At night all windows remained open as there were no mosquitoes.

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Mr E & Ms S - Sweden
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great place!

It's just a nice place, right there for the sunrise and sunsets in the desert.

Perhaps they could remove the piles of earth and dirt in front of the cabines?

Would make the view into the flat desert a bit nicer, looks unfinished right now.

Whilst in the Namib Desert, these travellers took a scenic helicopter flight. Here's what they said about it:
Great pilot (Richard)

After a slow start we got going to a great flight across the desert.

People need to understand that if they need to be at place, ready to go at 0545 hrs, it's 0545 and not 0600 hrs.

There are other people depending on you getting your ass at the right place at the right time, with the right gear.

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Mrs J. from Bristol
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

A beautiful location and well worth it for the chance to get up early and be at dead Vlei/ the dunes for the sunrise.

As we didn't have a 4 wheel drive we went on a trip organised by the lodge- it's an hours' drive to the dune so it was lot less stressful. The guide Semmy was knowledgeable and friendly and really took trouble to make the experience good for us.

There is no air conditioning in the rooms and it was extremely hot - no shade on the terrace and the metal doors were so hot you couldn't touch them.... The pool is lovely. Building work was being undertaken while we were there which was quite noisy until 2pm (two large diggers right outside the room). But worthy it for the location.

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Mr O from London
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

The rooms are very spacious and comfortable although the communal spaces are somewhat utilitarian and without atmosphere. Service and food somewhat typical of NWR lodges with little extra effort put in. The lodge is an absolute must, however, in that its location within the gate enables one to reach Sossusvlei long before the majority arrive or watch sunset on Dune 45 long after everyone has left.

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The K family from Bath
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Beautiful location.

Early access to Big Daddy was something special well worth the early morning.

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Ms C. from London
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

It was fine, casual rather professional staff, though always helpful. Food was reasonable, though Ruth being a vegetarian was a challenge for them!

Our room was supposed to be a Dune View, but as it looked out directly onto the large pile of rocks behind the car park, the view was limited! As we were not in the room much it was not a major problem but I think the Trades Descriptions Act could definitely have been invoked!

It was good to be within the National park and we were able to drive ourselves to and from the dunes with ease so we did not take part in any of the activities run by the lodge.

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Mr & Mrs C from Droitwich
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Good to be able to stay inside the park so that we could get out for sunrise etc. I think we had the best lodge opposite the water hole which was good.
Staff were helpful although never quite sure whether things were going to happen, but they did so no problems.
Nearly missed the Balloon flight due to high winds for three days but got it on the morning we were due to leave for Swakopmund.
Wonderful experience, not to be missed.

Both the lodge and we were surprised that you had only booked us B&B. There was nowhere else to go for a meal so why not half board and save us messing around having to queue up to pay.

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Expert Africa comments

We were surprised to hear that the staff at Sossus Dune Lodge expressed their concern at us booking on B&B basis, as this is the only board basis available to pre-book here. We would be delighted to book Sossus Dune Lodge to include dinner, as we agree this would make so much more sense given the fact there is nowhere else to go and eat, but unfortunately we do not have this option available when booking.

Mr R. from Frome
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dawn access to Sussusvlei

These lodges were located inside the park so we were able to head out to get pictures of the early light on the dunes before the park opened to other travellers. They were also the first lodges we stayed in where the walls were canvas and the roofs thatched which together with large window areas and large private balconies helped us feel more in touch wit the environment. The lodges are raised off the ground on stilts to reduce environmental impact and the simple shower in the en suite simply drained through the wooden floor into a tray below.

Access to the lodges from reception was via raised walkways. As with several of the lodges there were two basins in the en suite, but unfortunately one of the taps sprayed everywhere soaking you and there was only one plug anyway. Otherwise however everything was perfect, reception and dining areas large and airy overlooking a small water hole at which we saw Oryx and Springbok.

We found our own way to the dunes on the night of arrival and again early the next day so did not make use of any of the organised activities, however once at the end of the metalled road we took the shuttle into the dunes proper rather than use our 4WD car because probably due to our lack of experience we found ourselves getting stuck in the deep sand when we tried ourselves.

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Mr & Mrs B - East Yorkshire
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Faultless stepping stone for the dunes

Efficient and of its type hard to better

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