Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Namibian Safari, Southern African safaris
Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary desert wilderness.
Situated in Namibia's ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast empty spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the remoteness and clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most extraordinary landscapes.
The suites in this luxury safari lodge, situated in this extremely beautiful landscape are spacious and serene, wrapping guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a well-placed skylight over the bed for late night star gazing. This is the stuff Namibian safaris are made of.
For the more active, quad biking safari adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding area and satisfy your need for an african safari adventure.
Guest areas expand into distant desert views, also appreciated from our wraparound verandas. Cool water fills the refreshing lodge pool where you can dive into the cool water from deep within the earth. Later on, you can make your choices in the walk-in wine cellar before enjoying dinner by lantern light on the open dining veranda or in a surprise location in the nearby dunes. Our resident astronomer can reveal the mysteries of the southern sky for you in our state of the art observatory.
Large windows in the suite, open onto the wide desert where you can appreciate the beauty of the desert from the comfort of your private veranda. This luxury lodge offers you Namibian safaris that surely must rank with the best African safaris.
With only ten stone-and-glass villas, guests can enjoy this remote landscape in luxurious privacy. Suites are equipped with both air conditioning and cosy fireplaces to enable guests to guard against the daytime heat as well asthe nighttime cold of the desert.
Morning Nature Drive
The early morning drive is a true Namibian safari experience, We share the unique landscapes, plant and wildlife of the NamibRand Nature Reserve on a scenic drive with you in the company of a knowledgeable guide.
After this early-morning drive, we return you to the lodge for a truly African safari breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes.
After breakfast, take a short walk on your own near the lodge, and if you would like to you can ask your guide to take you to a cave with San Bushman paintings before you return in time for lunch, served on the wraparound verandas.
Experiencing the paintings will take you back in history to the times when Africa was inhabited by these wonderful little people before "civilization". A little African safari as a sideshow of your visit.
Cool off in the pool or enjoy a siesta before afternoon tea.
Quad bike trail
In the afternoon, after lunch, you may undertake a drive-around on a quad bike trail, accomapnied by an experienced guide - another little African safari as a sideshow of your visit.
A mouthwatering dinner awaits back at the lodge or in a dramatic desert location. After dinner, a resident astronomer unlocks the secrets of the southern skies at the lodge's observatory. End your night looking up into African stars through the skylight positioned above your king sized bed.
Wildlife at Sossussvlei
The majestic oryx (or gemsbok) is the iconic antelope of the Namib Desert. With its bold black and white facial markings, sweeping horns and ochre coat, this striking animal is an unforgettable sight against the breathtaking setting. Herds of up to thirty appear on the open plains or amongst the dunes. Uniquely adapted to their desert home, oryx are able to live without water by extracting sufficient moisture from their diet.
Often spotted standing atop the highest dunes, the antelope maintain this photogenic pose in order to lose heat stored in their bodies in the slight breeze. Another animal that has adapted to the harsh desert terrain is the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, which digs beneath the earth’s surface for its drinking water. The springbok, which gets its name from its habit of leaping off the ground with all four feet, is also characteristic of the arid Namib Desert.
Offering an experience that encompasses both sandy dunes and rocky outcrops, guests to the NamibRand are guaranteed to view a variety of desert habitats. The harsh environmental conditions that exist here have led to the evolution of numerous plant and animal species that are specially adapted to survive in the desert.
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is set in the far northern part of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast area of over 440 000 acres that lies between the endless dune fields of the Namib Desert and the jagged mountains of the escarpment. Offering an experience that encompasses both sandy dunes and rocky outcrops, guests to the NamibRand are guaranteed to view a variety of desert habitats. The harsh environmental conditions that exist here have led to the evolution of numerous plant and animal species that are specially adapted to survive in the desert.
The world’s largest bird, the ostrich, does superbly in the arid habitat of the Namib, where it rarely seeks shade or water. Aardwolf, bat-eared and Cape fox, as well as porcupine spend a large portion of their lives underground, emerging at night, when temperatures have dropped.
Sossusvlei Hot Air Ballooning
As the sun’s first rays peek over scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloon drifts slowly upward revealing the undulating landscapes of Sossusvlei. This soul-satisfying journey offers excellent photographic opportunities and lifelong memories!
Set out on a quad bike trail through the dunes, led by an experienced guide. Enjoy the solitude and majesty of the desert as the trail winds over the dunes and rocky outcrops. As the day winds to a close, stop to enjoy a chilled sundowner as a dazzle of stars slowly comes to full, blazing life in the velvety night sky.
Scenic drives in open 4x4x safari vehicles on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Closed air conditioned vehcile excurisons to Sossusvlei and the Sesrien Canyon (at an additional cost). Guided nature walks and marked hiking trails. Stargazing from the lodge's sophisticated observatory and hot air ballooning and scenic flights over the desert (at an additional cost) are all examples of some of the activities available.
Set off on a scenic drive to the fascinating petrified dunes, a frozen landscape of endless undulating waves or choose to explore the massive boulders of Bushman’s Koppies, haphazardly strewn one on top of the other like a giant’s building blocks. Stop to admire the thousand hues of a desert sunset before returning to the lodge in the evening. Scenic drives offer an opportunity to encounter a variety of desert-adapted animals such as gemsbok, zebra, springbok, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal and jackal.
The lodge’s observatory provides the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky, with the resident astronomer on hand to point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations.
Children are welcome at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Should parents wish to share a room with younger children, the lodge is able to accommodate a limited number of triple rooms, where an additional bed is set up in the parents’ room for children 16 years or younger. Children aged six to 11 can participate in most lodge activities at the lodge manager’s discretion, although quad bike (ATV) excursions are limited to those over the age of 16. While children younger than six cannot participate in scheduled lodge activities, childminders can be arranged during activities and at meal times at an additional cost.
&Beyond's WILDChild Programme
Designed especially for children visiting &Beyond’s lodges, WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival at &Beyond Sossusvlei Derert Lodge, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.
Fully inclusive rate per person per night. Currency - NAD
High Season: 1 to 6 Jan; 1 Jun to 31 Oct; 21 to 31 Dec 2016 - NAD 8,855
Mid Season: 7 Jan to 31 May; 1 Nov to 20 Dec 2016 - NAD 5,515
Three meals daily
Local brand spirits and beers
Teas and coffees
Refreshments on game drives
Guided nature walks
Quad bike excursions in the NamibRand Reserve (subject to availability)
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
1 excursion to Sossusvlei
Safari shop purchases
All items of a personal nature
Premium brand spirits and cigars
Government bed levy and landing fees
All rates are inclusive of VAT and in Namibian Dollars (NAD).
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing.
Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room.
Children under the age of 16 sharing with 1 or 2 adult are charged 50% of the adult rate. This is subject to the availability of triple rooms.
All pricing is indicative and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
&Beyond Trading Terms apply