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Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge stands at the base of a majestic red sandstone cliff, part of the fossilized dunes of the ancient Namib. The lodge lies just sixty kilometers north of Sesriem in the Gondwana Namib Park and is the gateway to Sossusvlei.

The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means “six belts.” This originates with the legend that early settlers of the region had to tie six oryx hide belts together to reach the water in the bottom of the canyon. The fossil dunes overlooking the lodge are twenty million years old and contain fossils of the ancestors of the modern day ostrich, evidence that an earlier Namib existed. As the climate changed, gradually getting wetter, the additional moisture caused the sand to solidify into sandstone.

The Sossusvlei itself is a clay pan in the midst of star dunes in the central Namib Desert and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high red sand dunes that surround it. They form part of a sand sea that stretches from just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220 meters. Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, is watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay.

In Gondwana Namib Park the fossilized dunes of the ancient Namib meet the active ones of the young Namib. To the west, a sea of dunes extends as far as the eye can see; to the east, vast plains reach out to distant mountains. Watch solitary gemsbok, springbok, and ostrich on the plains.

Breakfast and dinner at the lodge are served buffet style, and a small selection of light lunches can be ordered on request. The cozy bar is well-stocked with South African wines.

Sixty en-suite rooms make a stay at Namib Desert Lodge very comfortable—all are equipped with a fan and mosquito nets. The restaurant and bar, an inviting terrace with views of the fossilized dunes, and two swimming pools make you want to stay and enjoy. Oryx, springbok, and many bird species can be seen at the illuminated waterhole.

Activities in the Gondwana Namib Park include dune drives into the Namib, hiking on a variety of walking trails, and excursions to Sossusvlei & Deadvlei.

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