Desert sunsets and some of the best star-gazing in the world.
Amongst the spectacular Sossusvlei dunes (some of the highest in the world) in the ancient Namib desert.
The 10 generously spaced glass and stone villas give the feeling of being totally alone in the desert. In the mornings you can watch the dunes burn red in the rising sun, and at night you can lie in bed and gaze up at the Milky Way. Everything is minimalist so that the surroundings are the focus, and even simple activities – like having a shower outside – feel wonderfully alien.
Dining at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is unforgettable, whether it’s a picnic in the dunes, or a private dinner at the lodge. In the afternoons, there’s a large pool to cool off in.
Once you’ve got over the extraordinary feeling of solitude and clarity of light here, you can hit some of the highest dunes in the world on quad-bike and 4x4. Having encountered the ocean of sand (best appreciated from a hot-air balloon), you’ll discover that the desert isn’t quite as un-inhabitable as it seems... On morning nature drives, you’ll find out how plants and animals have adapted to the environment, including porcupines, aardwolves, and bat-eared foxes.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is one of the only lodges with a team of astronomers, so be sure to make the most of their knowledge in the open-air observatory.