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About Sossusvlei

15km along the paved road from Dune 45 there is a general parking area for those wanting to visit Hiddenvlei, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Visitors must travel a further 5km along a sandy 4×4 track in order to reach Sossusvlei. Should you not have a 4×4, or should you not feel comfortable navigating through the soft sand, there are shuttles that run from the car park to Sossusvlei.

Exploring the area is done on foot and is self-guided, unless you have hired a private tour guide. Always remember to take enough drinking water with you, as it gets very hot in the area.

What to Expect

Hiddenvlei
Hiddenvlei is a 2km walk from the end of the 2×4 track and the route is marked with wooden polls. This vlei is the least visited of all the vleis letting those who make the journey enjoy some solitude in the beautiful desert surroundings.
During your walk to Hiddenvlei, look closely at the sand to examine the various tracks of the animals that occupy the area. You should be able to distinguish the tracks of Gemsbok and Springbok quite easily. However, on closer inspection you will be able to see the tracks of the smaller animals that generally live underneath the sand, for example the little Namib Gecko.

Big Daddy
Big Daddy is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area. This magnificent dune is situated between Sossusvlei and Deadvlei and at 325 meters it dwarfs the other dunes. Should you want the ultimate bragging rights, take a lot of water and trek to the top of Big Daddy where you can look down onto Deadvlei.

At 325 meters, Big Daddy may be the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area, however it is not the highest in the Namib Desert. This honour is given to Dune 7, which has been measured at 388m. Dune 7 earned its name by being the 7th dune along the Tsauchab River.

Deadvlei
Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.

Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers as the contrast between the pitch-black trees and bleached-white pans, and the rusty-red dunes and deep blue sky make for incredible images. Deadvlei is at least 1km walk from the parking lot so be sure to take drinking water with you..

Solitaire
A tiny settlement at the intersection of the C14 and C19, Solitare started as just a single cottage in 1948. Christoffel van Coller and his wife Elsie built the cottage and aptly named it Solitaire due to its remote location. Over the years a few more facilities were added and today you will find a filling station, a small shop, accommodation and Big Moose’s Bakery.

Solitaire is only 83km north of Sesriem Gate and, if only for a taste of Big Moose’s Apple Strudel, is well worth a visit! Take a seat outside of the bakery, in the shade of the trees and feast on this exquisite treat, while ground squirrels and weavers fight over the crumbs that escape your fork.
There is a range of accommodation available in and around Solitaire.

Accommodation Options

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Cradled against the ancient mountains &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge provides guests with the opportunity to experience definitive luxury while overlooking the stark yet enchanting Namib Desert. With only 10 villas, guests are invited to enjoy the solitude and serenity of the desert.

The main lodge area’s walls fold away to provide uninterrupted views over the desert. The lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and Safari Shop. The pool, fed by water from an underground spring, provides the perfect refuge from the midday heat.

Guests dine by the light of lanterns and are served exquisite meals complimented by a fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar. After dinner, enjoy exceptional star gazing from the fully equipped observatory or from the comfort of your bed through the star-viewing skylights above.

Accommodation is provided by 10 climate-controlled villas, dotted along the curve of the escarpment. Each stone and glass villa has only the finest décor that allows you to feel part of the nature that surrounds you.
Guests are treated to their own private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. There is also a discrete music system and a custom-stocked personal bar for your enjoyment.

Highlights
• Climate controlled
• En-suite
• Outdoor shower
• Safe
• Private veranda
• Custom-stocked bar
• Discrete music system
• Skylight above the bed

Kulala Desert Lodge

Tucked away in the 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala treats guests to the unmatched desert luxury.

Guests are welcomed to an elegant entertainment area where they can make use of the library, wine cellar and craft boutique, or they can sit back and relax in the lounge. The expansive Arifican night sky makes dining under the stars a spectacular way to spend your evenings.

Taking its inspiration from the surrounding environments, Little Kulala describes itself as an organic camp making use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. The interiors are adorned with pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes, creating a mood of cool serenity.
Kulala Wilderness Reserve has its own private gate into the Namib-Nakluft National Park, which makes it the closet camp to Sossusvlei providing guests with splendid views of the red dunes.

Accommodation is provided by 11 climate-controlled villas, which blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. Each thatched villa has a private bleached deck complete with its own plunge pool. They also each have both indoor and outdoor showers. The interior décor of natural fabrics and textures allow guests to truly experience the serenity of the area.

Guests are invited to take advantage of the night-sky on their own private rooftop “skybed”, where they can indulge in some romantic stargazing and sleep under the stars, should they wish.

Highlights
• Climate controlled
• En-suite
• Outdoor shower
• Safe
• Private balcony
• Private plunge pool
• Rooftop Skybe

Little Kulala

Tucked away in the 37 000-hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala treats guests to the unmatched desert luxury. Guests are welcomed to an elegant entertainment area where they can make use of the library, wine cellar and craft boutique, or they can sit back and relax in the lounge. The expansive Arifican night sky makes dining under the stars a spectacular way to spend your evenings.

Taking its inspiration from the surrounding environments, Little Kulala describes itself as an organic camp making use of neutral colours, gorgeous textures and natural light reproduce the soothing pastel tones of the desert. The interiors are adorned with pure linens, cottons and mohair dyed with natural vegetable dyes, creating a mood of cool serenity.

Kulala Wilderness Reserve has its own private gate into the Namib-Nakluft National Park, which makes it the closet camp to Sossusvlei providing guests with splendid views of the red dunes.

Accommodation is provided by 11 climate-controlled villas, which blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. Each thatched villa has a private bleached deck complete with its own plunge pool. They also each have both indoor and outdoor showers.

The interior décor of natural fabrics and textures allow guests to truly experience the serenity of the area.

Guests are invited to take advantage of the night-sky on their own private rooftop “skybed”, where they can indulge in some romantic stargazing and sleep under the stars, should they wish.

Highlights
• Climate controlled
• En-suite
• Outdoor shower
• Safe
• Private balcony
• Private plunge pool
• Rooftop Skybed

Hoodia Desert Lodge

On the banks of the Tsauchab River, surrounded by majestic mountains, is Hoodia Desert Lodge. Only a 20-minute drive from the Sesrium Gate, the Hoodia Lodge provides guest with an ideal base from which to explore this magical area.

The restaurant at Hoodia Desert Lodge offers exquisite international and traditional cuisine, from a set menu, which is complemented with South African wines from the lodge’s very own underground cellar.

Guests will be enticed to relax on the deck outside of the bar, next to the sparkling pool, and to enjoy the splendid views that surround the lodge.

The lodge is family-owned and managed by Thomas & Henreza Becker, who will ensure that your stay is marked with a personal touch.

Accommodation
12 single or double, tented bungalows provide guests with luxury accommodation. Each air-conditioned bungalow is equipped with a private open-air en-suite bathroom with a generous bathtub, a shaded porch and stargazing platform.

Highlights
• Air-conditioning
• En-suite, open-air bathroom
• Safe
• Private veranda
• Mini bar
• Tea and coffee station
• Stargazing platform

Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa

Located only 21 km from the Sesriem Gate, Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa is one of the closest lodges to the infamous Sossusvlei and surrounding attractions. Iconic in the area for its distinct architecture, Le Mirage Desert Lodge brings together luxury and nature, offering guests a magnificent view of the Namib Desert from each room.

For visitors looking to truly relax and unwind, Le Mirage has a world-class wellness centre where one can enjoy a range of beauty treatments and massages. Or, retreat to the courtyard to escape the desert heat next to the pool. And for those feeling adventurous Le Mirage offers a variety of activities to experience during your stay.
Accommodation

Le Mirage Desert Lodge and Spa accommodates guests in 25 luxurious, air-conditioned rooms. Each room has a large plush bed, en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a private balcony where one can enjoy the magnificent view over the Namib Desert.

There is a spacious restaurant in the courtyard where guests can enjoy a wonderful meal.
Highlights
• Air-conditioning
• Safe
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Mini bar
• Private balcony

Moon Mountain Lodge

Ideally situated in the Naukluft mountains, only 50km from the Sesriem Gate, the four star Moon Mountain Lodge provides ultra-luxury accommodation for those looking to explore the dunes of Sossusvlei.

The lodge’s 46 –seater Nebula Restaurant offers guests delicious traditional Namibian Cuisine. Guests are also welcome to enjoy a drink at the Cosmos Bar, a fully licensed bar with a large adjoining sun deck from which you will be awed by the view of petrified dunes during the day and from which stars can be gazed upon at night.
Although there are no TVs in the rooms, the lodge has a small cinema, complete with large flat screen TV, surround sound, DVD player and DSTV. This room is suitable for small conferences of up to 17 people.

Moon Mountain lodge caters for weddings for up to 60 people, and because of its stunning natural surroundings provides an exquisite venue to have your wedding.

Accommodation is provided by 17 tented-chalets – 11 luxury suites and 6 executive suites – each offering breath-taking views of the surrounding Namib Naukluft area. All of the rooms are en-suite and spoil guests with a private deck and splash pool.

Highlights
• Air-conditioning (some of the luxury suites)
• En-suite bathroom
• Telephone
• Fridge
• Private deck
• Private splash pool

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Situated in a private nature reserve spanning 25,000 ha from the Namib Desert to the Naukluft Mountains, the Namib Naukluft Lodge is a unique and peaceful place that offers guests a great desert escape.

The Namib Naukluft Lodge is a nature-lover’s dream. Game has wondered freely on this land since 1993 and guests are likely to see Oryx antelope, Kudu, Springbok, Steinbok, Klipspringer, Mountain Zebra, Ostrich and Baboon. In the evenings, the bat-eared fox and the Aardwolf are common visitors. On occasion a spotted or brown hyena and predators like African wildcat, leopard and cheetah have been spotted walking freely over the vast plains. There is also a bird-hide within walking distance from the Lodge.

The main Lodge building offers guests a comfortable lounge, decorated with items created by local artists. In summer, cool off in the sparkling pool and in winter, one can warm-up at the cozy fireplace after an adventurous day.

Accommodation is provided by 16 tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms. Each room is en-suite and is fitted with a fan to provide relief from the desert heat. Each unit has its own spacious, private patio treating guests to spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Highlights
• En-suite bathroom
• Fan
• Private Patio

Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge is nestled against the low-lying mountains in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, providing guests with breath-taking views across the plains to the surrounding dunes. Built in a village style, the lodge blends in with its surroundings and was built with the utmost care paid to the environment. Falling under the Namibia Wildlife Resorts umbrella, Sossus Dune Lodge is the only lodge that is situated inside of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This allows guests the benefit of being able to reach Sossusvlei before the sunrises and to leave after the sun sets. After an adventurous day of exploring the area you can sit back and relax in the utmost comfort under the large, expansive African Sky.
Accommodation
Accommodation is provided by 25 chalets, spread out in an afro-village like fashion. The thatched chalets are connected by a network of walkways and each chalet is beautifully appointed, built with predominantly natural materials. Three of the walls are made of canvas, shaped by wooden frames while the remaining wall is made completely of glass, allowing guests to take-in the incredible surroundings. A combination of wood and leather furnishing gives the chalets a luxurious, African-colonial feel. Plush beds and suede lounge chairs treat guests to the ultimate in desert comfort. Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom, complete with eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and body lotions and creams.

Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.
The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views.
Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.
The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Quad Buggy Nature Drives, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Desert Camp

Self-catering at its best! Desert Camp is situated just 5 km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Nestled under centuries old thorn trees, Desert Camp has an unsurpassed 360 degrees view over the desert landscape and surrounding mountains. An absolute must for the nature lover and photographer.
Twenty affordable eco-friendly self-catering accommodation units under canvas with adobe-style walls are available. Each twin bedded unit has a spacious bedroom with a fold-out sleeper couch where two small children (under 12) can be accommodated free of charge if shared with two full paying adults, en-suite bathroom equipped with a shower, toilet and wash basin, patio with fitted kitchenette, barbeque, lights, power points and an adjacent parking area.
Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked and serviced bar with big screen television, a sparkling swimming pooland 2 communal bomas with cooking and wash up facilities which are perfect for groups traveling together.
Meals and adventure activities may be booked at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge. Fresh food supplies can be ordered dailyfrom reception for self-caterers and even private Chefs can be provided on request.
A fuel and service station, stocked utility shop and Internet café is available at Sossus Oasis a mere 5 km away.

The Elegant Desert Lodge

Elegant Desert Lodge (previously called Betesda Lodge) is situated on beautiful farmland and is located 38kms from the gate to the NamibNaukluft Park. Guests are guaranteed a friendly, warm welcome just an hour’s drive from Sesriem. An early start is required if you want to watch the sunrise on the way to Sossusvlei. Stay in well-maintained value-for-money desert accommodation, ideal for families with small children.
The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means “six belts”, since the early settlers had to attach together six belts (made of oryx hides), in order to lower buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water, from the pools that were inaccessible to their livestock. The entrance gate to the Namib Desert and the dunes at Sossusvlei is at Sesriem, and so anyone visiting the park needs to pass through this point.
Sossusvlei is a clay pan – set amid huge piles of sand known as star dunes – in the central Namib Desert, and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Fed by the Tsauchab River, it is known for the high, red sand dunes which surround it, forming part of the sand sea, which stretches just north of Luderitz to the Kuiseb River. Some of these dunes reach as high as 220m. Vegetation, such as the camelthorn tree, is watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay.
Sossusvlei is one of 4 clay pans in the area, the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei. A 60km tarred road runs along the Tsauchab valley, and access to the valley is from Sesriem. The road ends 4kms short of Sossusvlei, but 4×4 vehicles can go further. There is a shuttle transport service or if visitors prefer, it is safe to walk.
Elegant Desert Lodge has a restaurant/bar and a guest lounge. All meals are served buffet style and Namibian cuisine is the order of the day. There is a swimming pool, laundry service, disabled access and secure parking. Elegant Desert Lodge is also child-friendly.
Rooms were built with flat rocks from the mountains of Elegant Desert Lodge and have wonderful views over the Namib Desert. Overnight in 25 double rooms, some have double and others twin beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning.
Activities include the famous and spectacular sunrise Sossusvlei excursions. On the return journey, guests will take a short drive to walk through Sesriem Canyon. Sundowner drives and quad biking trips can also be arranged, the routes start and finish from the lodge.
Elegant Desert Lodge has it’s own landing strip nearby, for transfers to and from the lodge for it’s guests.

Desert Homestead and Horse Trails

Desert Homestead Lodge, 30km southeast of Sesriem and the entrance to Namib-Naukluft-Nationalpark, is the perfect starting point for tours to Sossusvlei or an oasis for a relaxing rest after visiting the world‘s highest dunes.
The lodge is located in a private nature reserve adjoining the Unesco World Heritage site “Namib Sand Sea”. Desert Homestead Lodge is famous for its horse safaris through the Namib desert which are suitable for experienced riders as well as beginners (under guidance of experienced riding instructors). Several riding tours lasting 1 to 2 days are off ered including all meals. The nights will be spent in a tent camp under Namibia‘s beautiful starry sky.
New in 2015
The lodge was renovated completely in 2014, including installation of Solar Energy powered lighting and hotwater production. All guest rooms have new, separate bathrooms. New Reception area and re-designed Restaurant.
Accommodation
Accommodation is provided by 20 thatched chalets. The interiors of the chalets have been luxuriously decorated in cream linens and colonial style dark wood riempie furniture, all of which lends to an old world charm. Ceiling fans help to take the edge off the desert heat.
Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom and a verandah under a canopy with views that extend to the Rotterkaum Mountains.
The main lodge houses a lounge, library, bar and dining room with a fireplace. The building opens up onto a wrap around verandah providing spectacular views over the plains to the dunes and mountains in the distance.
All Rooms offer:
• Private shaded sun decks
• Mosquito nets
• Paved and well-lit access
• Ceiling fan
• Separate en-suite bathrooms

Desert Homestead Outpost

Deep in the 7000 ha nature reserve of Desert Homestead Lodge, adjoining the Unesco world heritage site ‘Namib Sand Sea‘, the Outpost opens its gates and off ers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. Enjoy the impressive panoramic view from the 12 houses or the main house with Restaurant, lounge and pool area, set on the base of a mountain. On the wide open plains there are often cheetahs to observe, roaming the endless grasslands.
Our guests are welcome to take advantage of all activities of the Desert Homestead Lodge. Excursions to Sossusvlei as well as
Accommodation
All Rooms offer:
• Private shaded sun decks
• Mosquito nets
• Outside shower
• Air conditioning from 2016 on

Hammerstein Lodge

Only 60km from Sesriem gate, Hammerstein lodge is situated between the Nubib and Tsaris mountains. A few kilometers from the lodge are a massive outcrop of granite boulders, including one boulder in particular that looks like a large hammer. It is from this area that Hammerstein got its name.
Hammerstein offers visitors a variety of accommodation, including camping, self-catering bungalows or dinner, bed and breakfast lodging.
The main lodge invites guests to enjoy an afternoon next to the sparkling pool, bar and buffet-restaurant. Guests will experience amazing encounters with Hammerstein’s tame leopard, the cheetah, and caracals.
Accommodation
Hammerstein has 3 camp-sites, which may also be used in conjunction with the bungalows to accommodate extra guests.
The comfortable bungalows are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, double or twin beds and fans.
Highlights
• En-suite bathroom
• Barbeque facilities
• Fans

Little Sossus Lodge

Situated just 30km from Sesrium, surrounded by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains, Little Sossus Lodge provides an exquisite location to explore the Sossusvlei area.
Little Sossus Lodge was converted from an old farmhouse ensuring guests a homely, friendly and welcoming base in the unforgettable, tranquil desert surroundings. Guests are invited to relax under the African sky, enjoy a drink of their choice and then experience African cuisine prepared with fresh produce from the Lodge’s own gardens. Decorated with ethnic African décor and comfortable leather sofas, the lounge area is an ideal place to unwind. Guests can also enjoy cooling off around the pool in front of the main building.
Accommodation
Accommodation is provided by 12 chalets, furnished with twin beds and 4 chalets (family units), comprising of four beds each. The en-suite chalets are built from naturally occurring rock in the area.
Highlights
• En-suite bathroom
• Fan
• Mosquito net

Solitaire Country Lodge

Situated in the tiny settlement of Solitaire, Solitaire Country Lodge provides travelers with a welcome oasis in the middle of the Namib Desert. Solitaire originated from a single house and now consists of a fuel station and workshop, curio and basic goods shop and the famous Moose Macgregor’s bakery. Situated just 83km north of the Seriem Gate, Solitaire Country Lodge provides a comfortable base for those exploring the Sossusvlei region.
Solitaire Country Lodge is a perfect stopover for those enjoying a self-drive holiday. Don’t forget to taste Moose Macgregor’s famous apple pie!
Accommodation
Solitaire Country Lodge offers guests affordable and comfortable accommodation. The Lodge has 25 spacious, en-suite rooms (23 twin rooms and 2 family rooms that can accommodate 5 people). Each room is fitted with a fan to provide relief from the desert heat, and faces the central courtyard where the large swimming pool is situated.
Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and bar, which serves a set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Highlights:
• En-suite
• Fans
• Tea & coffee station

Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch

Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch is a privately owned, owner-managed guest farm situated at the foot of the rugged Rand mountain range overlooking the vast Namib Desert. The Guest Farm is focused on low-impact eco-tourism and has partnered with the N/a’an ku se foundation to make their land available for the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre. The Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre promotes the rehabilitation and reintroduction of large carnivores into the area, in particular cheetahs. This provides guests with the opportunity to accompany the field biologists on wild cheetah tracking safaris.
Converted from the original farmhouse, the Guest Farm provides guests with comfortable accommodation and a perfect base from which to explore the Sossusvlei area. Guests are also invited to enjoy traditional Namibian farm cuisine for breakfast and dinner under the thatched lapa.
Accommodation
Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch offers guests a choice of a comfortable en-suite room in the 1950’s farmhouse, or for larger parties looking to enjoy extra privacy, a thatched luxury house that provides accommodation for up to 6 people.
Each African-themed suite is en-suite and fitted with a fan to allow guests to escape the desert heat
Highlights
• En-suite bathroom
• Fans
The luxury self-catering house offers 2 en-suite bedrooms, an outside bush shower, a fully equipped kitchen and dining room, a comfortable lounge and a verandah overlooking the Desert.
Highlights
• En-suite bathrooms
• Outside bush shower
• Barbeque facilities

Namib’s Valley of a Thousand Hills

The Valley is approximately 180km from Windhoek, 165km from Walvis Bay and a mere 165km from Sesriem. Namib’s Valley of a Thousand Hills is located in the Namib on a highland with a panoramic view of the Guab Valley.
The valley is riddled with thousands of hills creating a photographers heaven. This natural scenery creates a fairytale feel to a place otherwise known for its dry and arid conditions. Until recently the Valley of a Thousand Hills was not accessible to the general public but due to some considerable effort and planning, this wonder is now just a reservation away.
This jewel is one of Namibia’s youngest tourist attractions and it proves to be a must see if visiting Namibia.
Namib’s Valley is located on elevated ground overlooking the Gaub valley. This creates a unbelievable view over the Namib. The location is a ideal stopover between either Windhoek and Sossuvlei or Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei. A stay here would recharge your batteries and give you a great oppertunity to experience the depth and spaces that the Namib offers.

Activities range from walking trails, 4×4 trails, and ample of iconic tourist landmarks.
There is plentiful wildlife as most of them can roam free out of the Namib-Naukluft Nature Reserve, abundant birdlife can also be enjoyed. There is also a staircase to heaven in which one can take the pleasure of seeing potholes created over thousands of years of limited rainfall.
The Gaub valley has very limited underground water and as a result of this, the water has to be pumped 5km at a hight(head) of 250m. The pipeline has four separate solar water pumps working in tandem to get the water to the facilities..
All the energy produced at the lodge and bungalows are from pure alternative sources. The energy production mix consists of photovoltaic modules, wind turbines and vacuum tubes for water heating

Büllsport Naukluft Guest Farm

At BuellsPort you will find 14 rooms, all comfortable and spacious.
Dinner is served at beautifully layed out tables in the spacious dining room, which features a large glass sliding door which opens onto the patio and into the garden. You will be treated with a 3-course dinner, accompanied by selected wines. Lively conversation with your fellow travellers and tips on planning the coming day from your hosts Ernst & Johanna accompany the evening.
Experience peace and tranquillity in the garden under big palm trees and enjoy the sparkling swimming pool.

Corona Guest Farm

Corona Guest Farm is an ideal first night stopover for individual travellers, families and self-drivers on a trip from Windhoek to Sossusvlei. Those arriving on an early morning flight into Namibia can make decent headway towards the dunes of Sossusvlei on the first day. This is a fairly traditional Namibian guest farm, set in the centre of a plateau and surrounded by picturesque mountains. Hikers of all standards should consider staying for a couple of nights as the guest farm is the perfect base to climb the Gamsberg Mountain.
Corona is situated roughly half-way between Windhoek and Walvis Bay as well. Take an unhurried journey across the Khomas Hochland and down the escarpment for a slower but almost traffic free alternative from the busy tarred B2 road. Time permitting, many prefer this route through rolling hills and valleys, to enjoy the far-reaching open spaces of the Namib Desertbefore the delights of the coast.
Corona Guest Farm’s main building is well-placed amongst a shady garden full of beautiful flowers and tall trees. High ceilings help bring about a more pleasant, cool room temperature in the summer. Adding to the overall ambiance of the common areas are the collection of old antiques, variety of foreign and exotic memento’s, rugs, animal skins and assortment of carvings.
Well-trained staff and delicious food are waiting for you as Corona Guest Farm pride themselves on their renown cuisine and service. Home cooked and tasty meals are served in an open-plan dining area complemented by drinks from the small bar. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if booked in advance.
Afterwards chill and relax in the comfortable lounge and chat to others about your Namibian travels. A Wi-Fi connection allows you to keep in touch with family and friends. Set away from the main house is a large, sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by shaded sunbathing and lounging space. Other facilities include a disabled access on request and a laundry service.
Corona has a variety of accommodation: There are:
• Deluxe (Family-Sized) Rooms: There are 3 split-level Deluxe Family-Sized Rooms situated in and around the main farmhouse. Entrance is via the main lounge/dining room area. A mini-bar/fridge and a selection of books, lounge area with a sofa, coffee table and a writing desk are standard. Steps lead up to the bedroom which has a double bed and a print mirroring the name of the room. Outside is a private verandah where you can walk around the communal areas of the garden. An extra sleeper couch can be arranged.
• Standard rooms: Set outside the main farmhouse and through the garden are 6 standard rooms. Smaller and more modern than the other suites, they all have an en-suite bathroom with shower, double beds, writing desk and chair. Step outside to a long, shaded veranda.
Activities must be booked in advance. Swim in a decent sized ‘pool with a view’, collect gemstones or trek in search of Bushmen drawings. Scenic game viewing drives often observe kudu, oryx, springbok, steenbok, klipspringer, warthog and the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The more active and energetic might try a hike to the top of the ‘Gamsberg’ Mountain. A variety of other marked trails are available.
There is an 800m private landing strip near Corona.

Namibgrens Guest Farm

The Farm Namibgrens (Afrikaans for ‘bordering on the Namib) has belonged to the Rabie Family since 1940. As the farm sits beautifully near the impressive Spreetshoogte Pass, it is the ideal stopover midway between Windhoek and Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes of Sossusvlei. The pass itself descends steeply from the central interior plateau to the desert floor below.
The property affords numerous views over this escarpment due to this outstanding location, which offer glimpses of truly breath taking vistas. This once small guest house has expanded over the years and today includes a variety of accommodation options with something to suit most tastes.
The accommodation options at Namibgrens are:
Guest Farm – offers a typical old-style Namibian stay. With 11 en-suite rooms, a swimming pool, lots of safe spaces for children to play and the opportunity to see and experience a working farm
Bushman’s Rest – a completely private thatched house ideal for a large family or group of friends. The house comfortably sleeps 6 adults & 2 children in its 3 en-suite bedrooms, each with a private entrance. The communal living area, outdoor cooking facilities, large lawns and crystal swimming pool are ideal for socialising.
Luxury Villas – For the more discerning traveller here the elegant simplicity of the buildings blends harmoniously into nature. Rooms are spacious, en-suite bathrooms, comfortable and private, and include large living and cooking areas.
The NamibGrens farm can be explored by foot or vehicle. Activities for the energetic include a 45km self-guided hiking trail, well-marked and easy to follow. Hikers have a choice concerning the distance and the time they want to spend on the trail, and this can vary from 2hrs to 3 days, overnighting at Granite Rock Camp if required.
Paths and trails meander along granite outcrops and valleys, and lead to picturesque viewpoints on the escarpment overlooking the Namib Desert. There is an abundance of flora and fauna on the way, with plenty of opportunities to photograph the interesting animals and plants encountered, including eland, oryx, kudu, Mountain Zebra, hartebeest, blesbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok and rock dassies. Sundowner trips, 4×4 self-drive tracks, farm and game drives can also be organized.
There is a 900m long gravel airstrip, suitable for light aircraft, with transfers to and from the farm for it’s guests. Fuel is available in close proximity to the guest farm.
English, Dutch, German and Afrikaans, are spoken at NamibGrens Guest Farm.

Ababis Guest Farm

Ababis Guest Farm offers comfortable accommodation and a variety of activities, 250km south-west of Windhoek on the northern outskirts of the Naukluft massif. Both Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon are within reasonable driving distance of the farm. Ababis offers a welcome break on the way to or from Swakopmund. The management pride themselves on their attentive and personal service making this the ideal place to linger for a few days.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Namib desert and the wide open savannah’s from here. Breakfast and dinner are served from their set menu on the verandah. Drinks, including selected wines, can be ordered at meal times or from reception. There is also a shady garden and swimming pool for guests to relax and unwind. Other facilities include a laundry service, guest lounge, disabled access, wireless internet connection and secure parking. Quench your thirst in the small ‘tea room’, which has a fridge and tea/coffee station.
The 32,000ha farm is divided into a commercial farming section and a 15,000ha private nature reserve, which focuses on species protection. It is one of the oldest farms in the south of Namibia and is predominantly stocked with cattle and ostriches. The farm also has areas devoted purely to wildlife including gemsbok, springbok, blesbok, occasional zebra, kudu, and some bat-eared foxes.
As this is not a malaria area, there is no need for mosquito nets or any fitted fly-screens. The rooms are in buildings laid out in rows of 2 or 3. Overnight in either:
• Rooms: Large rooms with en-suite bathroom and shower, personal toiletries, twin beds, bedside tables and lights, table and lamp, 2 chairs and a built in wardrobe. The shared verandah has table and chairs outside your room. Most of the rooms have a view over the pool and gardens.
• Comfort Rooms: 2 of the Double Rooms are fitted with air-conditioning as well as similar fittings and furnishings.
• House at the River: A self-catering house with bed space for up to 5 persons, perfect for a family stopover or a small group. It has a reading room and a large bedroom and facilities similar to the Double Rooms.
Activities from Ababis, include guided trips to the dunes of Sossusvlei, the Sesriem Canyon and hiking trails in the magnificent Naukluft Mountains. The farm has 1 gentle walking trail around the farm which takes a few hours, down to a (usually) dry river, and 1 hiking trail. Afternoon sundowner and game drives, and bookings to fossil dunes can also be arranged. Very popular with guests is the farm’s very own driving academy, for off and rough-road driving skills. Olive and Waterkloof walking trails can also be organized from the farm.
Ababis is the ideal place to explore the Naukluft Mountains where rock pools and evergreen shrubs abound. The harsh landscape, with its specialized wildlife and vegetation, is typical of the inner Namib.
Ababis Guest Farm is a Hospitality Association of Namibia annual Award of Excellence in Silver winner.

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