Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Reviews of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 19 of our travellers who have visited Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs L from London
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A magical place

The nicest hotel I've ever been to. I loved everything about it.
The staff were delightful and the service felt personal. We were greeted back from every trip with cold flannels and home made lemonade.
The quad biking was a highlight, as were the dunes and Paul the astronomer.
Frans was exceptional. Peter, our guide was also lovely.
I really didn't want to leave.

Hot air ballooning
Rob was wonderful and gave us a fantastic morning.

The views were spectacular but I was a little disappointed not to be nearer to the dunes.

The breakfast afterwards was out of this world.

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Mr P & Mrs L and friends Mr P & Mrs J - Namibia Fly-drive
Arrived on: 18-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge review

Faultless. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge obviously ticks all the boxes in terms of setting, accommodation, facilities, food etc, but it was the attention to detail that made it so special.

You really felt that this was your holiday and everything was built around making it an exceptional experience.

A truly great way to finish the holiday and the only thing we didn't like was having to leave.

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Mr A - Namibia 10 days Fly-in
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful location, excellent service.

Set in a beautiful location, great food and services, convenient for visiting the dunes.

Thoroughly recommend this place.

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Mr J & Mrs S - Namibia fly-drive
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge review

A wonderful place - really helpful staff , amazing location and fabulous rooms. Food is simple but very nice. Guided drives were outstanding. We hadn't focussed on them having their own telescope nor on there being an in house astronomer before we got there but this certainly added another dimension.

If staying at the full moon though cover the roof skylight that lets you look at the stars from your bed as otherwise you end up drenched in light at 2.00am as the moon transits.

Dune buggies are good fun as an alternative to a drive.

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The Icing on the Cake

Wow - what an amazing place - fabulous rooms with extraordinary views that changed with the light during the day, well informed guides, pleasant friendly staff, star gazing with experts, top class food and even some of the local singing - what a way to end what had already been a holiday of a lifetime. (We've had a few of these in Namibia!!)

Arriving by plane a real luxury to be spared the long drive - although we do enjoy the driving - but it seemed to give us an extra day of activities. Game drives, balloon flight, trip to Sossusvlei - I've run out of superlatives - just one of the best places we have ever stayed.

The star gazing too was excellent - both with the telescope being tutored by experts and from our bed when waking in the night.

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Mr J & Mrs E - Namibia in November
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A wonderful treat of a place

This was probably our favourite of all the lodges we stayed in. The staff really had thought of everything and went above and beyond with a particularly lovely surprise on our final night! The accommodation is very luxurious and equipped with everything you could possibly need. There was even a dedicated astronomer on hand throughout the evenings - although unfortunately our stay coincided with the full moon so the star-gazing was not at its best. The view from the lodge is fantastic - we spent hours just looking out to the horizon

The guide assigned to us during our stay, Peter, took us on some very enjoyable excursions, including to the dunes at Sossusvlei and was amiable and very knowledgeable. We had our best sun-downer experiences here - in terms of location, drinks and snacks and company.

The food was excellent - the best we had during our stay in Namibia. We would love to have spent more time at this lodge and would definitely return again.

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Mr & Mrs N from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stunning location and lovely staff!

Beautiful rooms with stunning views, lovely staff, excellent service and very good food (and flexible for vegetarian). The managers Emerita and Paola were fantastic

The excursion to Sossusvlei was well worth the drive and the dawn ballon trip was amazing. As an extra we hiked up a nearby hill with the resident astronomer to a group of quiver trees.

We stayed 3 nights - could have done with another just to carry on soaking up the views and atmosphere. We had high expectations both of the lodge and the desert - if anything our expectations were exceeded.

We flew in from Windhoek - efficient, quick and very scenic...

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Dr & Mr B - Cardiff
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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paradise in the desert

As close to perfection as is possible to be---welcoming, every effort to make you feel special, warm ambience, attention to detail, excellent food with good choices, little messages from staff eg warning -- baboons might attack your laundry!!

Architecture & design elegant ---units spacious, private and sumptuous---stunning views of desert from large picture windows.
Only place which provided booklets on fauna & flora of area in room on arrival. Lots of small touches under the heading of little things mean a lot

Final big unforgettable surprise--last night returned to find in celebration of our wedding anniversary --heart shaped from sand in hall outlined with tee lights, bottle of champagne and every surface covered in candles
A magical place

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Ms H - Texas
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge review

i spent three nights at SossusVlei Desert Lodge.

Pros:
1. Chalets designed so that each one is very private. Paths from main building to each chalet paved and clearly lit at night.
2. Magnificent setting.
3. Excellent food, huge quantities.
4. Lots of personal service. My guide George, and butler Anna, were very knowledgeable and friendly, and so was all the staff. Excellent cooks, too.
5. Lots of attention paid to personal preferences. Each mealtime, my table was set in a slightly different place, and one night it was set upstairs so as to escape a particularly obnoxious child.
6. Every luxury provided in the chalet; the bathroom with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows was a real treat.
7. The activities were diverse, including a game drive, dune drive, hot -air balloon and trip Sossusvlei itself. They were well-organised and included - guess what ? Lots of food!
8. The star viewing platform was wonderful and the resident astronomer very informative.

Cons
1. No ceiling fans in chalet, only air-conditioning, which was noisy as well. A direct counter to the environmentally friendly image that & Beyond cultivates.
2. The stairs from the main floor of the chalet up to the sleeping area are too shallow, and difficult to negotiate.
3. I found the decor very gloomy and depressing - all ivory and bone and cream and grey. The desert has a lot of colour, too; it would be nice to see colour used a bit more.
4. At times, the personal service seemed like too much, and there was a big emphasis on the activities. It was hard to get time to just be alone and do nothing.
5. Too much food. I started to feel sick after a while. I know one doesn't always have to eat it, and I didn't. It's just being faced with it all the time.

Personal comments:

I found the Lodge almost too luxurious for my taste. It seems unbalanced, in that environment of starkness and scarcity, to be wallowing in such excess. That said, I cannot fault their professionalism. It is all extremely well done.



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Mr & Mrs W - Berkshire
Arrived on: 13-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge review

A truly luxurious lodge in a setting which seemed quite out of this world. Two nights was not enough.

Siegfried, our guide was first class.

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