If you want to capture those magical photos of the Sossusvlei dunes glowing rich ochre-red in the early dawn light, then there really is only one place to stay and that’s Sossus Dune Lodge. The only accommodation inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, Sossus Dune Lodge gives you access to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei before the park opens, and again at sunset after all the day visitors have rushed back to the gate.
Sossus Dune Lodge is set right in the desert, on the edge of a vast sandy plain. Each of the thatched chalets has canvas walls and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, creating the feeling of having the Namib Desert right on your doorstep.
After a day on the dunes, wash off the desert dust in your spacious bathroom with its open shower, then get comfortable on one of your room’s suede chaise lounges facing out towards the captivating view with the occasional oryx or ostrich wandering by.
A fairly large lodge, Sossus has 25 chalets spread out along a raised wooden walkway. Ask to stay close to the main building if you don’t want to walk too far or for those that value their privacy we’d recommend one of the honeymoon suites – the last chalet on either side of the walkway.
Each honeymoon suite also has the added luxury of an outdoor lounge or “sala” where you can spend romantic evenings surrounded by the silence of the desert and a magnificent night sky filled with stars.
Start your day with a guided dawn tour to Sossusvlei and the surreal saltpan at Dead Vlei, or if you have a good 4×4 you can simply drive yourself – the staff will organise a breakfast box for you to enjoy on the dunes. You can also walk from the lodge to Sesriem Canyon, as well as go on a guided sunset drive into the desert.
All in all Sossus Lodge has an unbeatable location, spacious and comfortable rooms, and is the best place to catch the full effect of sunrise and sunset on the world’s tallest sand dunes.