Reviews of Sossus Dune Lodge
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Sossus Dune Lodge good for photographers
As photographers, wanting the early morning and late afternoon light, this was the place to stay as they offer longer hours in the park, though I must wonder if the Kulala Lodges with their private gate, and location much closer to the dunes, might also be able to provide this service? There were many cars out very early and very late (way more than from Sossus Dune Lodge), possibly from the campground, but the dust cloud rising from the camping area, makes it not very appealing.
Our request for a distant room was not heeded, but given the amount of exercise we had climbing dunes this was maybe a blessing, though the noise from the bar and the clomp-clomping of people on the boardwalk and especially of running children, made only the wee hours of the morning peaceful. Our room did overlook a small lighted waterhole allowing us to watch a few animals stop by to drink.
We found the shuttle service to the parking area to be very good, walking only once when they had a large group arriving. Probably because we planned to tip at the end of our stay--so weren't tipping with every drink and dinner--our dinner service worsened with every night. The food itself was edible, but lacked flavor and texture, making me believe it was all prepackaged or canned. In future, I will try to learn how each camp/lodge operates on arrival, so we can tip accordingly.
When requested the night before, large packed breakfasts are placed on a table available for very early departures.
Whilst at Sossus Dune Lodge these travellers took a scenic helicopter flight over the dunes. Here's what they said about it:
Wow! Standing next to or on the dunes, gives you a feel for their size, but from the air you see just how large the expanse is, and the magnificence of the ever-changing shapes and patterns!
Our pilot was a bit of a hotshot, maybe fun for some the thrill of racing low over the dunes and causing the oryx to run, but not what we desired as photographers or with respect for the thin gemsbok, already stressed with low food and water. So I have really mixed feelings--the aerial perspective is fantastic, but I also feel flights should be banned if they are disrupting the wildlife, especially if it's intentional.
We felt it was not very professional when the pilot showed up for the flight with his booking girl, supposedly for weight and balance. My husband and I mentioned sitting on the same side, hoping the pilot could accommodate us with favorable light, and no mention was made during our preflight meeting that this would be a problem. As it was, he and the girl got the favorable light, and it was difficult to get his attention as he spent his time talking primarily with her.
Fantastic desert location in the park
The lodge was very nice. We have seen some comments about the distance of some rooms from reception. We were in the penultimate lodge, and it really is not an issue (unless you are infirm or very lazy).
It was very windy when we were there, and one minor grumble was that the restaurant door was constantly being opened for staff to bring and clear food, resulting in cold draughts and quite a cold room - it was June and temperatures outside were low single figures in the evenings.
That was the only grumble we had over the two nights we were there.
Being in the park was a great advantage, as we could be at Sossusvlei at sunrise, and also be out at the dunes at sunset - not possible if you stay outside the park.
We did the sunrise trip to Sossusvlei, which was brilliant - the strong winds and blowing sand added positively to the experience! Paulus, our guide, was very knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humour.
Sesreim Canyon was well worth an hour or two.
Finally, being out at the dunes at sunset was delightful.
Sossus dune lodge
Although expensive this is the place to stay if you want to get to sand dunes for early morning photographs as inside the park. Fantastic setting with wonderful views.
Very luxurious accommodation in separate cabins with restaurant int he middle. As other reviewers have mentioned it is a long walk from end to end - nearly a KM on wooden walkway, but could be an issue if you have mobility issues. No real communal area, but you could sit on restaurant terrace, but we found rooms very comfortable to relax in for a few hours in the middle of the day, with nice terrace. Shower is fantastic and very spacious.
Food is good, but heavy on the sauces. Second night we asked for no gravy and that worked well. Service adequate. We drove ourself to dunes, but our friends did morning trip with lodge which they thought was very good. A lot of driving as still 60km to main dune area, although corridor in is also fantastic. We did this twice a day - early morning and mid afternoon. Very comfortable beds and large shower.
Very Good Stay Inside Namib-Naukluft Park
We stayed here six years ago and returned because it is the only lodge inside the park gates, but based on our previous visit our expectations of the food and service were low. So we were very pleasantly surprised to find that the Sossus Dune Lodge has really got its act together and our stay was very enjoyable.
Sossus Dune Lodge review
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Sossus Dune Lodge
Great location to be in the Dunes for Sunrise. Good packed breakfasts.Read more about the whole safari
Amazing place. Great service.
We loved that place. The rooms are excelent, in a unique location.
Very nice personnel.
Breakfast in the Dunes brilliant!
Could not have a better location and being able to see the sunrise before other people in the dunes was a privilege.
The guide for the Sunrise tour was excellent and the breakfast amongst the dunes an experience never to be forgotten.
Also went to Dune 45 for sunset - spectacular!
The staff generally could not have been more helpful and friendly. Luckily all our luggage was taken to our room as it was a bit of a hike on the boardwalks as we were in one of the furthest rooms. The room itself was a joy and the stars at night spectacular.
A very special place, would have liked to stay longer.
Sossus Dune Lodge review
This is the only place to stay if you want to get to the dunes early. That is all I need to say in this review. If you want to get the shot of the Deadvlei in the shade and the dune lit like the Franz Lanting shot...then put off the trip until you can stay here.
We loved our room. The meals were excellent. The thing we disliked the most was the parking area was below the lodge. You were dependent on walking or having someone come down and pick you up by car and take you up. THe problem was that the person picking you up also took people's luggage to the room. So if you were unlucky to arrive at the wrong time...no one was there to pick you up. So we had to hike up with all our luggage. I think 50% of the time we had to hike the distance. That is really unacceptable. They desperately need a dedicated person.
We saw Oryx on the way into this lodge but never saw any animals at the watering hole here...but this is not why you are here. I wish they had a better map. I am very good with maps and assume they are accurate in orientation. Their map was not and I made some decisions based on it that were not accurate that cost us valuable time. I think something more organized to reference that described the hikes nearby and options of things to do would have been nice.
In the area, we enjoyed the hike at the Ses Reim Canyon very much. We hiked up Dune 45 and loved Hidden vlei and its serious hike and Dead vlei. Elium Dune was ok but we didn't hike to the top ...so maybe I didn't give it enough. I strongly recommend the helicopter ride to deadvlei for serious photographers. Our hot air balloon ride was cancelled but after some discussion we decided the helicopter was really the better option for us anyway. If you have a car, there seems to me no reason to do any activities with this lodge.
Sossus Dune Lodge review
Pricey for the value, but travelers have no other choice! We had two wheel drive car, so we had to depend on the shuttle to take us to the dunes.
They told us to park at the 2wd car park and wait for the shuttle which will come by around 6:15am, in time for the sunrise. They didn't come till 6:45am, way AFTER the sun rose by the time we get to the dunes! The shuttle driver claimed that he was not contacted by the Dune lodge to take us up there. Who knows what's the truth. It is annoying to spend that much money and stay in the park, THEN MISS THE SUNRISE.
We were also given a room stuck behind a pile of rocks, while there were other empty rooms in the lodge.