Desert Homestead Outpost, Sossusvlei
Desert Homestead Outpost
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places
Our rating: Superior | Property style: Lodge
Set in the heart of a 7000-hectare Nature Reserve, the impressively styled, impeccably maintained Desert Homestead Outpost is a wonderful spot for guests looking to enjoy the attractions of Sossusvlei from a small, intimate property. With just 12 Standard Houses and 1 Superior House it offers guests a wonderfully intimate experience. All of the en-suite rooms have floor to ceiling glass doors offering stunning panoramic views out to the sands of the Namib Desert, and their own private viewing decks for relaxing on during the day. At the main part of the lodge there is a lovely restaurant and bar area which leads out to the swimming pool, sun deck and shaded veranda where guests can relax and enjoy a cool drink. A morning trip out to Sossusvlei is a must-do when staying here, but there are plenty of other excursions to enjoy. Horse riding, nature drives and guided walks are all on offer, a number of self-guided walking routes are available to those looking to head out on their own. Ballooning trips can be booked at an additional cost and they can also over horse trails involving a few nights camping out in the Namib Desert.
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Other properties in Sossusvlei
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei
This lodge is hidden away in the mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River, just 20-minutes from the access gate to the dunes. A very small property, Hoodia is comprised of just 11 canvas and thatched chalets, all of which are air conditioned with mosquito nets over the bed, shaded private decking areas and stunning views to the surrounding area. Indoor bathrooms are available, but the outdoor shower and bath areas are always hugely popular with guests. At the main part of the lodge there is a lovely swimming pool and shaded deck, a lounge with roaring fireplace for the cool evenings, and a restaurant and bar area offering a variety of delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A tour of the dunes at Sossusvlei combined with an afternoon hike to the Sesriem Canyon is the most popular excursion here and a must-do for any visitor. Nature drives, horse trails and guided walks can be arranged around the surrounding nature reserve and extra special activities like taking a hot air balloon or helicopter flight can done for an additional fee.
Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei
Situated at the foot of the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge has beautiful surroundings and is an ideal base to explore one of Namibia’s most iconic sights. Made up of 20 standard and 3 family kulalas, this is a relatively large camp, but the rooms are nicely spread out from one another and the main area of the lodge offers plenty of space to ensure you don’t feel overrun by other guests. The rooms are raised up off the desert floor on wooden decks, allowing them to catch a cooling breeze, and also have flat topped rooves where guests can sleep out beneath the stars. At the main lodge there is an open plan bar and dining area, a sizeable swimming pool and a large veranda which overlooks a floodlit waterhole where a variety of animals can be seen coming to drink. Naturally, guided walks to the dunes at Sossusvlei is the main activity on offer here, but there are a variety of additional excursions that can be arranged; some such as game drives, guided walks and birding trips are all included in the cost of a stay, whilst quad biking trails and hot air balloon rides can also be arranged at an additional cost.