Accommodation in Sossusvlei

The Desert Homestead lies three kilometres northwest of the C19 and D854 roads junction, approx. 32km southeast of Sesriem. The wide grassy valley is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west.

In this exuisite position, we offer simple but stylish accomodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at our lodge.

Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab river, and is only 22kms from the Sesriem entrance to Sossusvlei, and is an ideal location to visit Sesriem Canyon, the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei on to the Namib Naukluft Park.

Hoodia are a group of succulent plants from the family Apocynaceae it is traditionally used by the San people of as an appetite suppressant, thirst quencher and as a cure for severe abdominal cramps, haemorrhoids, tuberculosis, indigestion, hypertension and diabetes. More recently Hoodia has sprung to international attention as the magic cure-all diet product. However dieting will be the last thing on your mind when you visit the restaurant at Hoodia Desert Lodge which offers exquisite international and traditional cuisine. All meals are from a set menu.

Sundowners and night-caps can be enjoyed in the bar with it's deck pool, a great spot to jump in and cool off from the hot, Namibian desert sun. Fine dining should be accompanied by fine South African wines, from their very own underground wine cellar, day or night.

Accommodation at the lodge consists of 12 single or double luxury tented bungalows. They are all equipped with a private open-air en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, tea/coffee station, in-room safe, shaded porch and stargazing platform.

The main activity in this area is the Sossusvlei Excursion and other game / scenic / sundowner drives are available. Guided bird and plant tours can also be organized.
Kulala Wilderness Camp, in the 37,000 hectare private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, commands a panoramic view of the valley and mountains beyond.

Accommodation at Kulala Wilderness Camp consists of 10 comfortable "kulalas" (meaning "to sleep" in Oshiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas built on elevated platforms for that spectacular view. The main area is raised to take advantage of the endless vista and comprises a lounge and bar under thatch. Meals are taken on the deck and guests can cool off at the sparkling pool.

Activities at Kulala Wilderness Camp are focussed on exploring the nearby world-famous Sossusvlei - an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous red sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes - the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45 - have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously refashioning the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it transforms into a spectacular turquoise lake.

On the edge of the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, wildlife around Kulala Wilderness Camp is fascinating in its adaptation to the harsh conditions. Sparse, yet thrilling to see, are springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, the rarely seen aardwolf and many small fauna. Excursions to the incredible dunes of Sossusvlei are a must. As are guided walks and scenic nature drives.


Thaleni Desert Camp's affordable luxury accommodation comprises twenty units, each with en-suite bathroom, twin beds, fold-out and shaded verandah with kitchenette.

Each accommodation unit sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years. No other persons are permitted without prior arrangement and approval. All accommodation must be paid for in advance. All accommodation units must be vacated by 10H00 on the day of departure. For late departure arrangements, please enquire and arrange with reception. Keys must be returned to reception when checking out.

Tasteful interior decorating reflects the special hues of the Namib Desert. Each accommodation unit has power points for hairdryers and shavers (220V) in the room as well as an external power point, own barbecue facility and vehicle parking. Guests are requested to switch all lights off that are not in use in order to save energy. The unique Desert Camp bar is constructed from carved wood and has a large screen television for viewing news and sporting events. The bar opens at 14H00 daily until late. Ice and soft drinks may be obtained between 08H30 and opening time on request at reception.


Thaleni Sossusvlei Lodge - Sossusvlei Lodge comprises 45 en-suite rooms. Each of the en-suite rooms sleeps two in adjoining three-quarter beds. Adobe walls are shaded by canvas roofs, almost Berber-like in their covering of the slate floors beneath.

A chlorinated fresh water swimming pool available for use by guests 24 hours a day. Pool towels are available on request from Reception (guests are requested not to use room towels at the pool).

The Bar is open from 08h00 until late for soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages. A wide variety of mineral waters and cocktails are stocked to quench a 'desert thirst', as well as an extensive range of Southern Africa's finest wines. Well known Namibian and German beers and schnapps are also stocked. The service area includes the bar itself and area around the adjacent swimming pool.

The Curio or Souvenir shop is located at the base of the observation tower adjacent to Reception and is open from 08h00 till 17h00 daily. The shop stocks informative books about the area, peoples & animals, postcards, African art jewelry (including Bushmen signs & paw prints), Sossusvlei Lodge clothing & caps, films, camera batteries, sunglasses, sunscreen amongst other interesting items. Items purchased may be charged to the guest's room account or may be paid for in cash or by credit card (Diners Club, American Express, Mastercard and Visa accepted).


Namib Desert Lodge sits at the foot of a red sandstone cliff, which consists of the fossilized dunes of an ancient Namib. It is situated just 60 km north of Sesriem, and is the gateway to Sossusvlei, and only 5 kms from the main road. It is in the Gondwana Namib Park, and borders Namib Naukluft Park.

The name Sesriem is Afrikaans and means six belts. Early settlers attached six belts together, (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 (fossil) dunes overlooking the lodge are 20 million years old and contain fossils of the ancestors of the modern day Ostrich. They are evidence that an earlier Namib existed. As the climate changed, gradually getting wetter, the additional moisture caused the sand to solidify into sandstone. Then some 5 million years ago, the climate reverted to the desert conditions found in the Namib today, allowing the formation of a new sand sea.

Namib Desert Lodge is set amongst tall trees and palms. The main building has a reception, bar and a large verandah with outside seating for guests to admire the surrounding scenery. There are also 2 swimming pools. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style and a small selection of light lunches can be ordered on request. Their cozy bar is well-stocked with South African wines.

Accommodation is in 76 rooms, including 5 family and 2 single rooms. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a fan and mosquito nets.