Sossus Dune Lodge

Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge

Good(89%) From 111 travellers
Excellent
66
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 111 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 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
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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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
Overall:
Excellent
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Service:
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Faultless stepping stone for the dunes

Efficient and of its type hard to better

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Mr N & Mrs J - Namibia in February
Arrived on: 7-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Brilliant place- impo inside the nationalpark

Staying inside the park was a great advantage - you could drive befor dawn and after sunset - as it's 20 k to the main dune area from the park gates people staying outside the park can't be in the dunes for sunset or dawn.

We were there for both and both times were very memorably helped on the dawn trip by an excellent guide - even gave us a 15 min lecture on the stars before we set off.

Importantly it was cool too - we felt sorry for the tourists arriving at 9.00 a.m. to climb Big Daddy when the temperature must have already been 30 degrees.

The Lodge itself was comfortable if not luxurious. But service was good, pool fine and food tasty.

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Mr & Mrs F from Ealing
Arrived on: 1-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Did not visit

We decided to cancel this part of the itinerary so as to stay longer at Swakopmund, mainly because we had second thoughts about revisiting Sossus Vlei at such a hot time of the year (we heard the temperature there would be about 40 deg C at that time). So no comment.

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Mr & Mrs. B - London
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Definitely stay within the park, if you want to catch sunrise. The shuttle 4x4 service, annoyingly, was late starting on my first day.

Quality and service close to privately-owned lodges. Comfortable, generous chalets.

While the dunes are the thing, Sesriem Canyon at the Lodge's entrance is not to be overlooked.

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Mr & Mrs C - Colorado
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Great lodge and loved being inside the park

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Mr and Mrs W Devon
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
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Facilities:
Average
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Very good position, shame we had one of the last chalets, long walk.

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Mr and Mrs R from Newport
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Food:
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The best location in Sossus

We really enjoyed our two night stay here. The situation was wonderful with sunset views over the dunes. The chalets were very comfortable, although very hot during the day, and the food was very good.

The highlight of our stay though was the dawn trip to the dunes with alfresco breakfast beneath the "Big Mamma" dune. Our guide Sammy, was excellent and we were lucky to witness a partial eclipse sunrise from "Big Daddy", an unforgettable experience.

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Mrs & Mr H - Ontario
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Excellent
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Service:
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Sossus Dune Lodge - great location

The location in the park is a big plus, enabling guests to get to the dunes by sunrise and visit Dead Vlei before many other people arrive.

You can also climb a dune to watch the sunset without worrying about getting to the park gate before closing time. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy and windy when we were there, but we still enjoyed the early morning trip to Big Daddy and Dead Vlei and the picnic breakfast.

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