South of Windhoek, in the Namib Naukluft Park, is the red dune sea of Namibia, the Namib Desert. At sunrise, you will experience an imposing play of light and shadow, which is also the favorite motif of many photographers. The Sossusvlei is home to the most photographed dune in the world, the dune 45, is a giant of about 80 meters in height. In Deadvlei, the dry river bed, you’ll find dead acacia trees that stand surreal in the glistening white salt basin and the mighty dunes of the Namib be framed. In this unreal area especially the big Oryx antelopes (also called gemsboks or ibexes) adapted to the difficult living conditions and are surprisingly common. For children and adults, the dunes are equally an adventure sand box of the special kind.
Your Hot Destination
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated alongside to the oldest desert in history: the Namib Desert, also known as “the living desert”. The Namib Desert is famous for its dramatic displays, untouched wilderness and out-of-view horizons. The Sossusvlei Lodge is located in the Northern foothills of the privately owned Namib Rand Nature Reserve, which extends on 184 000 ha.
The natural design of the buildings correlates harmoniously with the views. A wooden deck gives the perfect setting for meals, disregarding the vast plains, far mountains, and vacant wildlife. Ten opulent glass villas and stone are put against the Rocky Mountains, facing the stark desert areas. A fireplace for unwinding evenings and air-conditioning system for fiery days guarantee a pleasant stay in the extreme desert setting. Modest décor and massive windows append to the elegant experience of the rooms. Each unit stars a split-level bedroom with a king- sized bed, repleted with a fanlight for star-gazing and a powerful telescope. The glass-encased en-suite shower has both an indoor and an outdoor shower. A private balcony is perfect to lie back and watch the passing wildlife.
Meals are saved at both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The fine Pan-African fare is entirely made up of a walk-in cellar. The outdoor dining compartment is set on a convex deck facing the desert and mountains far. On-demand, dinners, and branches can be tasted in a dramatic desert location, away from amenities. The milieu plains, dunes and mountains beckon explorers to experience the silent tranquility of the desert where inmates can escape the searing heat of the day in the beautiful pool, which is fed by a natural spring. A charming and wellness therapists are available for a surplus dose of recreation for fans of a massage. On sunset, a frizzling fireplace warms the balcony. Guests can be told more about the night sky from the resident experts at the lodge’s observatory area, which highlights the country’s second-most powerful electronic telescope.
Game drives and guided nature walks are organized late afternoon and early in the morning. For those who like adventure so much, the desert can be explored using a hot-air balloon or on quad bikes. In addition to that, visits to the Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei dunes are some of the bonuses offered. For photo lovers, experts photographers are available.
The desert hosts a rare set of fauna and flora uniquely adapted to the desert. A large diversity of animals live there. This includes more than 115 bird species, such as black and martial eagles, sociable weavers and the dune lark. Mammals include Cape fox, aardwolf, ostrich, Oryx, springbok, hyena, bat-eared fox, Burchell’s Zebra and Hartman’s Mountain Zebra.
- Children are welcome at Sossusvlei Desert LodgeNo discrimination
- An surplus bed for children can be added on requestYour comfort counts for us
- However, children under five cannot participate in safari activitiesFor their own safety
WHERE TO STAY
Kulala Desert Lodge
Located at the foot of the iconic Sossusvlei Dunes, Kulala Desert Lodge is the nearest place to Sossusvlei (via a gate particular to Safaris-able vehicles). Picturesque nature walks and drives are offered. In addition to a fantastic desert experience with a soaring hot air balloon flight over the dune field, electric bikes are also available to explore the open plains in a more fun way.
The camp is made up of 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas”. That includes two family units; each is built on a wooden setup, with a flat rooftop. The main area comprises a pool and wraparound terrace overlooking a waterhole.
Note: A ride in the balloon comes at an extra cost, and it is not available on 25 Dec and 1 Jan, and from mid-Jan to mid-Feb.
1. Nature drives – The 37 000-hectare private Kulala Nature Reserve provides visitors a particular wildlife experience which includes the likes of gemsbok (Oryx), bat-eared fox, brown hyena, and birdlife. Enjoy a coffee or sundowner stop in scenic parts of the reserve as a highlight.
2. The sundowner tour – set out in the late afternoon for a nature drive and complete your excursions in a remote and dramatic spot on the reserve, sipping a gin and tonic while experiencing the sunset over the distant mountains or dunes.
3. Visit Sesriem Canyon – This fascinating geographical formation is the result of millions of years of water carving its way across the topography. At three kilometers long, the views from the top of Sesriem Canyon are breathtaking while walks through the gorge reveal distinct geographical layers which were laid down over aeons.
4. Sleeping under the stars – Sleep out under starry, starry skies on the roof of your Kulala, lulled to sleep by the peaceful, nocturnal sounds of the Namib Desert.
5. Walking safaris – here the focus is placed on being absorbed in this remote location, as well as its spectacular beauty and the captivating and surprising a diverse bunch of rodents, insects, and reptiles. Tsauchab River Trail covers a stroll along the dry riverbed close by the camp.
6. Visit Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei – the famous Sossusvlei is both the name of the area in general but also an enormous clay pan, flanked by immense dunes. Nearby, at the foot of some of these dunes, the skeletons of trees dominate the landscape where once water flowed. This is known as Dead Vlei.