Sossusvlei Lodge – luxury at the entrance to Sesriem and Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei Lodge is located at the entrance to Namib Naukluft Park and offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous Sossusvlei Pan, the dried-out black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon.
The superior accommodations at Sossusvlei Lodge have a terrace with a view of the desert landscape, a spacious, air-conditioned twin room and a complete bathroom. The Standard Family Units have two consecutive rooms that are connected by a lockable door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant junior suite has a spacious bedroom, a living area, a terrace with a paddling pool, a large bathroom and an inspiring view.
Experience the true art of hospitality with the attentive staff’s attention to contribute to an unforgettable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner terrace, beer garden, and an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines, and a wonderful view of the illuminated waterhole.
The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Center offers a range of activities, including guided tours to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune hikes, sundowner rides, quad buggy nature rides, hot air balloon rides, scenic flights and much more to explore the natural beauty of the region. More about the activities offered at Sossusvlei Lodge:
Sundowner / Nature Drive
Depart from Sossusvlei Lodge in the late afternoon on a leisurely drive on the Lodge’s private reserve. Watch the shadows lengthen as your guide takes you out to a panoramic location where sundowner drinks will be served as you relax and watch the spectacular sunset. The inner tranquillity that a desert sunset imparts while you sit amongst nature is really something special…
Sossusvlei & Deadvlei Excursion
An early start from the Lodge to enter the Namib-Naukluft Park at sunrise, while the temperature is still mild and when the dune contrasts are at their best. You will travel in one of our all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicles, custom-built in Namibia for the Lodge, with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, animals, plant life and much more with you.
Regular stops are made on the spectacular ±60 kilometre drive through the dune corridor down to the Vlei to gain information or take in the vistas. At Dune 45, we make a stop to view the the world’s most photographed dune. Further along, a gradual 2,6 kilometer round-trip guided walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the healthy visitors. The more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this area! We spend time exploring Sossusvlei before returning to the Lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for lunch.
Quad Buggy Nature Trail
A wonderful and different way to experience the spectacular local surrounds. We depart from the Lodge in the late afternoon with our Quad Buggies for a slow nature drive on our private lodge reserve. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Desert grass plains with occasional photo stops where our knowledgeable guides explain the Desert fauna and flora. We go higher up to the foothills to watch a spectacular sunset whilst enjoying non-alcoholic sundowner drinks and then make our way back to the lodge just before dark. Compulsory: All guests wishing to participate and drive a buggy must have a valid driver’s licence. Child Policy: Children aged 6 – 18 can accompany an adult in the passenger seat.
Elim Dune Nature Walk
The guided nature walk starts at sunrise, departing from the Lodge and takes place on and around the spectacular Elim Dune Belt. Our knowledgeable guides focus on the small things often overlooked – nocturnal animal tracks, plant species and smaller wildlife.
Sesriem Canyon Excursion
Experience the remarkable depths of Sesriem Canyon. Our experienced guides will share the history behind this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River.
Desert Air have a well-maintained 6-seater Cessna 210 light aircraft permanently based on the Sossusvlei Lodge property along with an experienced pilot who also doubles as a trained “aerial” desert guide.
A number of routes are available on request, including:
A 40 minute trip to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon will provide you with wonderful aerial photographs of the Vlei and Canyon.
A longer hour trip to the forbidden coast (Sperrgebiet) and the area known as Lange Wand, which is the coastal area of the Namib Desert, will provide you incredible views where a ‘sea of desert dunes’ meet the Atlantic ocean.
An hour and a half trip over the Sossusvlei area will include Conception Bay, a seal colony, shipwrecks and even old diamond miners camps.
Hot Air Ballooning
“Up, up and away” as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib. Add an exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert. The duration of the excursion is approximately 3½ hours. The Hot Air Balloon flight itself takes about one hour and ends with an exclusive Champagne Breakfast at the landing spot in scenic nature. The Breakfast is followed by a Nature drive back to Sossusvlei Lodge. Due to the desert temperatures this activity is offered in the mornings only. Guests are collected at the lodge ½ hour before sunrise. The balloon rises as the sun rises. The first light hour of the day is known to be the most spectacular, especially in the desert with the rich contrast of colour and shape on the towering sand dunes of the Sossusvlei Area, on the vast desert plains and surrounding mountain ranges.