Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
10 chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (99%) From 18 reviews
Children
Best for 14+.
Open
All year

The luxury Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (formerly known as Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge) is located in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, about half-an-hour’s drive from Sesriem. Guests benefit from unspoilt views across the desert and can participate in a range of activities.

On our last visit to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge we were greeted on arrival by cheery and welcoming staff with cold towels and a refreshing class of homemade lemonade. Just what we needed after a hot and dusty journey. We found the service here to be excellent, the staff were helpful, friendly and alway willing to help

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has ten chalets, each constructed from stone and glass, they are decorated in soft neutral tones. The split-level rooms have many comforts, including a glass-panelled bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning and well-stocked minibars.

All the rooms are spacious, with their own comfortable lounge areas and sliding glass doors that can be opened on to the desert. Through these doors are two terraces, one with sunloungers and the other with a table and chairs – a good spot to peruse your personalised welcome pack or to enjoy the complimentary bottle of sparkling wine that is presented on arrival.

Each room can be either twin or double and one can also be converted into a triple room. Above each bed is a skylight, which makes the rooms feel light and bright during the day, and at night allows you to star gaze in comfort.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge's main area incorporates a bar and lounge with impressive views over the desert. Meals are served in the adjacent dining area, while the air-conditioned wine cellar doubles as a location for private dinners, perfect for anniversaries or honeymooners.

Up a short flight of stairs from the bar and restaurant is a second spacious lounge whose terrace, being higher up, affords more distant views than from downstairs. There's also satellite TV up here, as well as a small selection of books.

In front of the dining area, and slightly lower than the rest of the camp, is a circular swimming pool, fed by water from a spring The pool has fabulous views of the camps water hole, the plains beyond and the distant mountains

There's a real interest in astronomy at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, which has its own observatory with a computer-controlled telescope that guests can use. There is even a resident astronomer who can explain the constellations and talk to you about the night sky. The NamibRand is designated as an international dark sky reserve, meaning that there is little or no light pollution and the stars can be seen clearly. To comply with the rules of the reserve, pathways are lit at night with red light (although guests are also given torches).

Activities at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge include excursions to Sossusvlei (with breakfast), guided nature walks, scenic nature drives, a waterfall trip (although note that there isn't always water flowing here), birdwatching, an exhilarating quadbiking trip around some local dunes (over 16s only), and a very rewarding if a little tiring walk to a Bushman cave with rock paintings. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.) It is possible to hike up some of the nearby mountains with a ranger, while guests who would like to go for unguided walks on their own are given a radio. For those looking for something less energetic, the lodge can book massages for you in your own chalet, although these are at extra cost.

Our view

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a well-designed lodge offering perhaps the ultimate in desert luxury. Along with a lovely setting, beautiful views and a range of activities, it maintains high levels of service and comfort, and is well worth a stay if your budget can stretch to it.

Geographics

Location: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and can be accessed along the C27, approx 30 minutes south of Sesriem. Please note that the road surface here can be very poor, as it was on our last visit in June 2016.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Lodge chain

Staff: Paolo Lillo - manager

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: On our last trip here we found the food quality and variety was excellent.

The restaurant at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge serves tasty food from an à-la-carte menu for breakfast and lunch, they are severed 06:30-09:30 and 12:30-14:00 respectively.

Dinner served from 18:30 to 21:30 and is a set menu with a choice of two main courses, generally one meat and one fish/vegetarian. On our last trip the menu was read to us by the chef and consisted of Curried Butternut Squash Soup to start. For main there was a choice of Beef with red wind sauce or Kingklip with a lemon sauce for main with sides of polenta and mixed veg. The whole meal was then rounded off beautifully with a sticky toffee pudding and home made ice cream.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Further dining info: Room service can be provided on request. Private dinners in the wine cellar can be arranged, perfect for celebrating a special occasion.

Special interests

Honeymoons: The red dunes of Sesriem and Sossusvlei are very romantic. For a memorable honeymoon to Namibia, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a perfect choice; romantic sleep outs under the stars can also be organised on request and massages can be arranged for you in your own luxurious room.

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Riding holidays: Whilst most lodges near Swakopmund offer quad bike rides at extra cost through an agent, at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge it is free for its guests over 16. A guide ensures that the drives are exciting, and un-invasive to the environment.

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Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.

Property’s age restrictions: here is no age restriction but children under 5 cannot participate in activities.

Special activities & services: There is a painting set that children can use.

Notes: As the pool is unfenced, there are some steep stone steps and some large drops around the lodge we suggest that children should be supervised at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Generator

Communications: There is no cellphone coverage here but there is WiFi in the main areas. In an emergency there are lodge phones that guests can use.

TV & radio: The lodge has a satellite TV in the upstairs lounge.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The closest doctor is in Mariental, but in an emergency, patients would be flown to Windhoek.

Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: The lodge is in a very remote location, and each chalet is lockable.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in each room, as well as smoke detectors.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included.

Money: There is a small electronic safe in every chalet for valuables.

Accepted payment on location: Card payment may be made via Visa and MasterCard. Alternatively, cash is accepted in Namibian dollars, South African rand, US dollars and euros.