Sossus Dune Lodge

Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge

Good(89%) From 137 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 137 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 K from Channel Islands
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

This camp could be so much better, but it has one good point and that's its location and the early start and late finish in the dunes and for that alone, it is a good place to stay.

The staff were not over friendly but tried real hard. The rooms were clean and functional but this is not a place to be staying in your room as there is so much more going on just down the road.

Got engaged in Dead Vlei so possibly one to remember in future years although the lodge may dwindle from the memory much sooner.

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Mr & Mrs D. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Location for Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

What a brilliant place this is.

When we arrived, we had to park the car at the designated parking spaces and pull our cases about 400 meters up a bumpy unmade gravel track. There should be someone in a vehicle to meet you on arrival at the car park. However when we got to the lodge, the man apologised to us for being busy when we arrived.

There are 25 separate chalets in the camp. They are all in a line, with number 25 being the furthest away. You guessed it, we were in number 25. This was just like a route march to get to the room. You certainly were ready for your meal when you had walked all the way back to the dining room. People need to be asked questions relating to age and ability, before being given the higher number rooms.

The food was good but the service left a bit to be desired, the female waitresses were abrupt and rude. When we were in the middle of our meal, a group of guests arrived for their meal. we were then forgotten about and had to wait a very long time to get our next course. The group had been served two courses before we were able to get our next course.

Because we stayed inside the park, we were allowed to go to Deadvlei before the park opened to the outside public. This allowed us to take photos before the sun came up and after, before anyone else even got there.

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Mrs L. from Leatherhead
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Great Lodge to stay at as it's inside the park and you have ....

Similar to other lodges where there is no option to eat elsewhere, it would be helpful to offer a half board option. Delightful staff.

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Ms B from London
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unbeatable View

Great lodge but the service/food was not as great as in the other lodges of the same categories (still good but not great)

activities seem overpriced (we finally decided to do it by ourselves which was a great decision as what they told us we would have done with them was not 100% true based on feedback from some of the travellers)

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Mrs B - family from UK
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great stay at Sossus Dune Lodge

I think this must be the best place to stay for visiting the dunes as you are inside the park and can reach the dunes for sunrise. We had only one night here but on our first day we were able to spend time at the pool (one of the best we encountered in Namibia), walk to the canyon from the lodge and later drive to Elim Dune for sunset.

The next morning we departed for the dunes at around 6AM with a picnic breakfast prepared by the lodge. The checkout was painless - we experienced none of the difficulties referred to by Expert Africa in their guidance notes - we had paid our bill by card the night before after dinner. We spent several hours exploring the dunes, and climbing them in the cool of the morning. We drove all the way to the dunes but did get stuck in the sand, so maybe the shuttle would have been better !

The lodge itself was perfect - we had comfortable spacious rooms with sun-loungers from which to enjoy the great views; the food was very good - a la carte not buffet, and most importantly the staff were all friendly and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs F from California
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Because they were in the National Park, staff really did not provide good service.

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Linda & Paul from UK
Arrived on: 11-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Exceptionally friendly staff and great room

Lovely spacious room and exceptionally friendly and welcoming staff. We were very well looked after even though they also had to take care of several large groups of guests.

The food was adequate but this is an aspect that they could seek to improve, otherwise we would have given it an excellent rating.

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Mr J & Ms D from UK
Arrived on: 7-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossus Dune Lodge review

Much better than anticipated.

No hassle with credit cards as advised in the tour guide.

Friendly staff and great location

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Linda & Paul from UK
Arrived on: 1-May-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Very characterful and wonderful lodges

See comments on previous page

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Linda & Paul from UK
Arrived on: 29-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Very characterful and wonderful lodges

Excellent and very characterful lodges and friendly and helpful staff too.

On arrival we learnt that we only had 5 rooms for the first night and not the 7 that were booked. This was apparently due to a plumbing problem. This meant that 4 members booked into single rooms had to share2 rooms for the first night. The manager was very apologetic indeed and handled the situation well. I agreed a compensation package with her and the 4 people concerned received a refund.

The guide was excellent although he did drive rather too quickly into Deadvlei causing one party member to suffer a back injury. This meant that he could not walk the final section into the salt pan where the dead trees are located. This was a great shame as it was one of the photographic highlights of the trip.

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Expert Africa comments

Sossus Dune Lodge have looked into the incident that resulted in the bruising of this travellers coccyx, to try to ensure that this will not happen again. They have assured us that all of their guides are 4WD trained specifically for these conditions and that all guests are advised to wear a seatbelt. It is unknown as to whether this traveller was wearing a seatbelt or not, though we would urge anyone doing this day trip to make sure that they do so as the roads are very poor in this part of Namibia.

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