Sossus Dune Lodge

Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge

Good(89%) From 123 travellers
Excellent
72
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 123 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 and Mrs P. from Australia
Arrived on: 2-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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See Deadvlei before the crowds arrive

Staying at Sossus Dune Lodge allows you to be in the national park long before the crowds of tourists arrive. The lodge will take you into Deadvlei by first light (or you could drive yourself if you have a 4x4). Great deck with desert view to have a sundowner or a meal. One of the better National Parks camps in Namibia.

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Mrs S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 14-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good for short visit

We stayed here 2 nights - but one would have been enough as there is nothing to do except to visit the dunes which are 60k away (tarmac road) and further few kilometres which are only possible by 4WD. A shuttle is available for the last bit tho it doesnt start until the coaches arrive. The lodge runs a jeep trip to the dunes (start at 4:30) but this is basically just for the transport & at around $600 pp we thought it expensive & it gets back to the lodge for breakfast. We followed it down in our 2WD and were lucky to get a lift for the remaining bit as the shuttle was not yet operational. We saw Big Daddy & Dead Vlei - impressive - but then were best by a sandstorm so returned to the lodge earlier than expected as conditions were most unpleasant.

Lodge was comfortable tho it is quite a long walk to some of the chalets. Set menu, tho costed by the course so you dont have to have alll 3 courses (although we didnt find this out until the 2nd night as there were no prices on the 1st night's menu - odd !)

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Mrs B. from Gabriola Island, Canada
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune was great

The lodge was beautiful, rooms huge and spotless.

We did the sunrise tour to Big Daddy and breakfast with a good guide.

Had issues with broken fan in our room that was fixed promptly when we asked.

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Mr B from London
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

The rooms are spacious and comfortable and there is a lovely pool.

The big advantage of staying here was to get to Big Daddy dune at dawn ahead of people staying outside the park. The guide who took us was very knowledgeable and set out a delicious breakfast afterwards.

We were in one of the rooms furthest from the central bar/dining area. This had the advantage of privacy but it was over 5 minutes brisk walk to the bar which would not suit everyone.

The staff was friendly and helpful. The car park was a little way away from the reception but we were very impressed by the way that the staff looked out for guests arriving back and rushed down to the car park to collect them in the lodge van.

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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
Overall:
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Rooms:
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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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