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SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated in the heart of the Namib Desert on the farm Vreemdelingspoort, which is one of 11 farms that make up the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This pristine reserve, one of the largest in Africa, is a massive 180 000 hectares and shares a common border of some 110km with the Namib-Naukluft Park in the west and is protected by the Nubib mountain range in the east. The special attraction of the NamibRand is the captivating beauty and diversity of its landscape, which changes from expansive gravel plains to undulating dune seas, rugged canyons with towering walls of volcanic rock and distant mountain ranges. Namibia's wild, frontier character permeates its vast, wide-open spaces, with fire-coloured dunes merging with an endless sky. These mountains of sand are most magnificent at the remote desert moonscape called Sossusvlei, home to the world's tallest standing dunes. Namibia is named after the 80-million-year-old Namib Desert, one of the driest places on earth. The ancient dunes span the entire Atlantic coast, covering the 800 mile-long, Skeleton Coast.
At a Glance
Ten stone and glass desert suites combine unprecedented sophistication with the stark beauty of the desert landscape. The air-conditioned and spacious rooms are designed to capture the splendour and solitude of the desert. Spaced well apart, each suite is a private haven with a shaded deck overlooking the far horizons of the Namib Desert.
The split-level suites are located at the foot of a mountain overlooking an expansive Namib grass plain leading into a sea of orange sand dunes. Each suite is equipped for the climatic extremes of the desert. There is a fireplace in the split-level lounge for winter evenings. For the hot desert days, there are showers in the en suite, glass-encased bathroom. There are also outdoor showers for starlit bathing.
Game drives occur in the cool of morning and evening, the resident naturalist will take you in four-wheel drive open vehicles to explore the open grass plains, fossilised sand dunes and orange sand dune belts of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
In the desert, many of the real attractions are small and well-camouflaged, and may easily be missed. Guided walks are available or you may explore on your own along marked walking trails.
From the height of a hot-air balloon ride, the view of the orange dunes and seas of dune grass is unparalleled. This bird's-eye view of the desert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hot-air ballooning over the Namib is an optional extra (weather permitting). More exciting optional extras are a guided 4x4 excursion to spectacular Sossusvlei, site of the highest sand dunes on earth. You may also choose to go on guided 4x4 excursions to Sesriem Canyon or the famous Sossusvlei pans, resting place of the Tsauchab River. Excursions on ATVs (automatic, all-terrain, four-wheel motorcycles) are also available. For stargazers, the crisp, dry desert air provides unrivalled opportunities to be mesmerised by the Milky Way. Tribute to its prime position is Sossusvlei Desert Lodge's own observatory, housing the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory. Knowledgeable field guides will direct you through the southern skies and tell of the expanding cosmos.
This area hosts some animal life unlike that found anywhere else on earth. Mammals include springbok, Hartmann's zebra, baboon, hartebeest, Grant's golden mole and the silent dune sentinel, the clown-like oryx (gemsbok). Local predators to look out for are hyena, cheetah, jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, aardwolf and African wildcat.Over 115 species of birds occur in the area. These include Ostrich, Lappet-faced Vultures, Black Eagles, Booted Eagles, Martial Eagles and Sociable Weavers, the haphazard architects of the largest bird nests in the world.
Child Friendly. Children (sharing with adults)
0 - 5 years = free of charge
6 - 11 years = charged half rate.
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.