Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Reviews of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Excellent(98%) From 26 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 26 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.
Ian & Vivienne
Arrived on: 14-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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You must go here.

What a wonderful lodge this is with careful attention to detail,luxurious facilities and a very high ratio of staff to guests which makes for an unforgettable stay. Don't worry about the drive into the dune area, you won't really miss anything by arriving just after sunrise as the dunes cannot fail to impress at any time of the day or in any weather (we visited and walked up Big Daddy in a sandstorm).

The butler/dedicated waiter or waitress and the appointed driver for your stay is a very nice touch which we appreciated. The food is really excellent ,again,considering how remote this region is, but we thoroughly enjoyed high quality food and wine here.

Do go on the sundowner quad bike ride as it is fun, the scenery at sunset is unforgettable and the experience was very different and unforgettable as numbers are kept small.

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Mr & Mrs. P. from Seattle
Arrived on: 28-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Splendid luxury in the desert!

We had a truly memorable stay during our honeymoon at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Having never stayed in such an extravagant lodge, we did not know what to expect, but from the moment we arrived, we felt like absolute royalty while there. We were greeted by several staff members, with friendly smiles, a cool drink, and cold towels. From there, we handed over our vehicle keys to the incredible Paolo and staff for car/luggage assistance while we were whisked away to go over our stay with our very friendly host, Prinella.

Our guide, George, was tremendous. His knowledge of the area combined with his sense of humor made each activity very unique and fun. The activities were all great: from the trip to the Sossusvlei sand dunes to the game drive in the reserve. We also visited the observatory with the astronomer, Petra. We got very lucky with a new moon night so the sky visibility was absolutely amazing. She showed us so much and explained it all very well. This was definitely another highlight of our time there.

The rooms were impeccable, particularly because of the work of the housekeeper Hanzina, who also left little, creative notes for us along with treats each time we left and returned from an activity. The bed was very comfortable and the skylight was a nice touch, but we did not use it that much as it was difficult to close/open and it was a little bit dirty on the outside, obscuring the view. It's the desert, though, so we're not knocking them for this!

Although we missed one dinner due to a bout of heat exhaustion (drink lots and lots of water during activities!), the food was quite delicious throughout our stay. Our "butler", Frans, was a pleasure and always seemed to know what we were doing that day and made sure to ask about it.

The only sense of a negative encounter came at the very end of our stay and afterward, as we had a difficult time interacting with a staff member called Annah. She did not seem very happy when she was assisting us with checking out, then we happened to leave a couple items behind and she was very abrupt on the phone, not being particularly helpful or sympathetic to our situation. The lodge was able to assist us in getting our items returned all the way back to Seattle. Paolo and the others were great in helping us resolve an issue that was ultimately our mistake, but I did feel that this particular guest service experience was out of line from the rest of the stay and thus, warrants mentioning.

If you stay here, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! Everything while we were there was first class: the views, the room, the guides and activities, the food, and the service. It was a truly incredible stay.

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Mrs B. from Lancs
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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excellent in every respect. rooms were the best we have stayed in anywhere
service was exceptional ...they made us feel special and went above and beyond was we expected
drives were first rate and had dinner under the stars in the desert one night...what more can you say
pool lovely
food ex

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Mr & Mss from Brussels
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great experience

Top lodge with stunning views and beautiful rooms. But the experience is also made by the people and the current team is excellent.

George as a guide is just a brilliant guy, but also Franz, the dining manager is a top guy, such as the entire motivated team.

Best service experience of all the lodges, we visited that week

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Mr & Mrs - Bath
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge was fantastic

Our 3 nights here were absolutely fantastic - definitely the best accommodation of the whole trip.

Welcoming friendly staff and our safari guide was excellent.

The location is superb and we really enjoyed all the activities, especially the balloon trip!

The only negative was that there was no longer an astronomer in residence so we couldn't learn more about the amazing night sky!

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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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Dr K & Dr B from Ontario
Arrived on: 27-May-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Jewel in the Desert!

We have travelled with &Beyond many times and have always been thoroughly pleased with their planning, guiding, service, food, and accommodations. So, I knew that if we were ever to travel to Namibia, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge was a must. The scenery is breathtaking, the villas large and luxurious, the activities well planned and very enjoyable, the food mostly excellent, and the staff very personable and attentive. Some reviews mention the lodge's distance from the park gates as a disadvantage but in fact, we thought it was quite an advantage. Yes, we had to rise half an hour earlier on the days we went to Sossusvlei and did the balloon ride, but that was a small price to pay for the privacy, isolation, and fantastic vistas enjoyed from the lodge.

I mentioned that the food was mostly excellent: On one evening, one of the meal choices - there were always two options - wasn't very good. Every other meal we had was fresh, delicious, and of superb quality. But, that one meal was rather poor.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge usually has a resident astronomer and we found his knowledge and enthusiasm infectious. There are very few places in the world where you can enjoy such excellent conditions for star gazing and having David as our teacher and guide made the experience even more amazing. An unexpected treat!

The manager, Paolo, mentioned that Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is up for refurbishing within the next year or so. That came as quite a surprise because the accommodations and public spaces are in very good condition. Not absolutely brand new but certainly not tired in any way whatsoever. That just goes to show you the high standards maintained by &Beyond.

We highly recommend that if you go to Namibia, you must go to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge!!

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Porky from Perth
Arrived on: 27-May-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Enjoy the Namibian Desert!

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a quality &Beyond facility which pretty much ticks all of the standards of this quality group. The Lodge itself is really well located at the head of a rising valley with a splendid outlook over a desert plain, bordered by mountains with a view towards the first line of the famous sand dunes. It is really quite special to sit on your patio or in the lounge area and just absorb the "emptiness" of the desert surrounds and yet be surprised by the arrival and movement of various animals which surprisingly thrive in the tough environment.

The individual lodges are really well presented and have all modern conveniences with an excellent bedroom, really comfortable sitting areas and modern, quality bathroom. There is efficient air conditioning and expansive picture windows which enhance the feeling of belonging with the surrounds. I was told that the Lodge is due for a programmed renovation and on close inspection there were a few small issues such as the door not closing properly and some light switches not working which were a little surprising to find in an &Beyond property - this is why they renovate!

The lounge and guest facilities are really comfortable with more of the great views combined with quality food and drink services and friendly and efficient staff. Paulo and his team work hard to make your stay effortless and enjoyable.

The Lodge is well place for the "Soussusvlei" adventures of the dunes, "dead vlei", some wildlife sightings on drives, balloon ride, quad bikes, walking and just enjoying the desert feel. There are enough things to do here to justify a stay of two or three nights. I do not think that one night would do justice. During my visit there was an additional attraction of a guided astronomy experience which by all reports was well worth attending.

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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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