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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

A free-spirited lodge oasis in the African wilderness of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge provides an unforgettable safari experience where guests can reconnect with nature. As a refreshing retreat in the middle of the desert, the lodge overlooks spectacular sand dunes and stony outcrops.

The main lodge area has been carefully crafted from stone and glass materials. An underground spring provides cool water for the lodge pool, and the walk-in wine cellar supplies refreshment for guests. Enjoying chef-prepared meals on the lantern-lit dining deck or at a surprise location in the dunes is a highlight of a visit to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. At dusk, the resident astronomer guides guests through the lore of the stars in the modern observatory.

Each stone and glass guest villa is kept to the highest standards, and a private veranda opens to reveal stunning, panoramic views of the remote desert landscape. The décor blends natural colors and fabrics with elements of bone, slate, and stone to create a dramatic ambiance. Twiggy chandeliers, large windows, and skylights over the bed (also perfect for late-night stargazing!) provide perfect lighting. Air-conditioning provides comfort during warm days.

Of course, the main attraction in the area is the sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Dune walks around the lodge, as well as to the nearby San caves, provide opportunities to enjoy the tranquility of the desert. Using already established trails, guests also enjoy quad biking adventures led by an experienced guide. Twice-daily game drives in open vehicles allow guests to track and photograph wildlife such as oryx, zebra, cheetah, kudu, baboon, steenbok, and the occasional leopard. Picnic excursions, dune drives and other scenic drives all make for a memorable safari adventure.

For guests desiring additional activities (for an additional fee), Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers a Sossusvlei excursion to see some of the world’s highest sand dunes and petrified dunes. Driving through increasingly difficult terrain, guests arrive at the Dead Vlei parking area. From there, it is a one-mile walk over the dunes to reach Dead Vlei, said to be one of the most magical places in the world. Dead Vlei is a dry lake surrounded by the incredible reddish sand dunes of Sossusvlei, but the combination of clear blue sky, orange-red sand dunes, white clay pan, and stark dead trees makes for a striking finish to an exciting excursion.

For the adventurous guest, a scenic airplane flight or hot air balloon flight affords magnificent views of the desert landscape and nearby Skeleton Coast.

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