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
- Accommodation - Capacity - 20 guests
- 10 stone and glass desert suites
- spacious lounge
- Showers in the en suite, glass-encased bathroom
- Air-conditioned and spacious rooms
- Outdoor verandah, barbeque areal
- Game drives
- 24 hour electricity
- A true african safari
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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.
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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
0 - 5 years = free of charge
6 - 11 years = charged
There is 24 hour
electricity to all rooms.