Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia09/02/2012
Sossusvlei Desert – NamibRand, Namibia
Style: Exclusive Desert Lodge
Setting: Heart Of The Namib Desert Wilderness
Perfectly Placed For: Desert & Wilderness Experience, Southern Sky Stargazing, Sand Dune Adventures, Secluded Escapes
Nightly Rates From: NAD 770 (around NZ$120)
One of the oldest, driest and most pristine regions on Earth, the Namib Desert, Namibia in Southern Africa is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes and jagged mountain heights.
The largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 445,000 acres of this unspoiled desert wilderness. The vast dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, tower over a dry pan. High and constantly twisted and shaped by the wind, these breathtaking dunes are among the highest in the world.
Cradled against mountains, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge boasts a location that is at once dramatic and serene. Fantastically formed rock formations vie for attention with massive sand dunes as the shifting rays of the sun bring the landscape to life. With just ten villas constructed of stone and glass, guests can enjoy the solitary splendour of this remote landscape in privacy. Suites are air conditioned against the searing heat of the day and cosy fires ward off the chill of winter nights. In this spectacularly beautiful location, the spacious suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night star gazing.
Elements of bone, slate and stone create a dramatic, yet entirely natural look, while rough timberwork, twiggy chandeliers and wooden sculptures call to mind the craggy mountains. Massive windows in the split-level bedroom and sitting room, as well as the ensuite bathroom, open onto the wide plains where you can’t help but lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the desert from the comfort of your private veranda. The dusky pink colours of the natural rose quartz that Namibia is known for provide a fresh contrast to the creams and greys of the interiors.
Cool water gushes from an underground spring into the refreshing lodge pool, while an extensive walk-in wine cellar provides refreshment of a different sort. Mouth-watering dinners are served by lantern light on the open dining deck or in a surprise location in the nearby dunes. When night falls, the resident astronomer reveals the mysteries of the stars.
The utter tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes and, if you’re up for something more active, quad biking, hikes and walks will let you explore the awe-inspiring scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.
• Twice daily nature drives – track down unique desert-adapted wildlife in open vehicles
• Admire the fascinating and varied terrain, and learn more about the desert fauna and flora
• Explore mysterious fairy circles, where vegetation refuses to grow
• Dune walks – guests are free to explore the areas surrounding the Lodge on foot
• Experience the tranquility of the desert and marvel at the exceptional plant life, such as the quiver tree
• Quad biking – explore the desert on already established trails on a quad bike
• Stargazing – each evening resident astronomers give fascinating presentation on the stars and constellations
• Picnic excursions-guided tours (additional cost) of the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon
• Hot air ballooning and scenic flights over the Namib Desert (additional cost)
• Cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in an afternoon siesta before afternoon tea