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Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Hoodia Desert Lodge perches on the banks of the Tsauchab River and is surrounded by the imposing Naukluft Mountains. The lodge is only twenty minutes from Sesriem Gate, the gateway to Sossusvlei and its famous red sand dunes.

Sossusvlei is an extraordinarily beautiful clay pan created by an intermittent river that flows through the Namib Desert once or twice a decade. The region is famous for its spectacularly high sand dunes. When it does flow, the river never reaches the Atlantic Ocean but drains away among the dunes of Sossusvlei. The vegetation here, Camelthorn trees for example, are watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay.

The word “hoodia” refers to a group of succulent plants from the family Apocynaceae. These plants were traditionally used by the native San people as an appetite suppressant, thirst quencher, and cure for various maladies. Interestingly, hoodia has recently rose to international attention as a magic diet product.

Hoodia Desert Lodge offers twelve luxury, partly-tented chalets. They are situated well apart from each other to be sure there is adequate privacy and quiet. The chalets have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with generous indoor bathtubs and outdoor showers. A coffee/tea station, mosquito nets over the beds, and a shaded deck with wonderful views over the river and onto the desert complete the picture.

The lodge is owned and managed by Thomas and Henreza Becker and their dedicated team. Henreza is responsible for creating the lodge’s delicious and innovative cuisine. The main building at Hoodia has a shaded lounge deck, a pool, and an indoor lounge with a fireplace. A restaurant with its own fireplace and an elegant bar make up the other rooms amenities.

The premiere activity here is a full-day tour to Sossusvlei, which is led by a professional guide. Wonder at the towering dunes, dry lakes, and desert-adapted flora and fauna. Lunch is served at the dunes, after which a hike through the Sesriem Canyon is a must. Guided expeditions into the Namib Naukluft Mountains are another excellent option. The tour includes some relaxed hiking as well as a delicious “mountain lunch.”

Sossusvlei sunsets are legendary. Enjoy drinks and snacks at a private viewing point as the sun drops below the ageless desert horizon. There a number of additional activities available to those who want to make the most of the time here. These include a balloon safari over Sossusvlei, horse trails in the Namib Desert, helicopter tours, and quad bike (four-wheeler) adventures.

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