Driving northwards on the C27 to Sossus Gate in the Namibian Desert, you scratch your eyes. Is that a fort standing defiantly in front of the mountains. Yes it is. Le Mirage is a lodge and spa situated in a desert garden, and the concept is that of a Dutch builder, who has pursued this dream over ten years.It comprises a central block of a dining room, bar and facilities, partly rendered to match the colours of the desert, and a further block of bedrooms which is furnished in rough stone. You enter through the fort gate and there is an oasis of gardens and swimming pool in front of you. The bedrooms are huge and well furnished. The staff are very attentive and helpful, and in the evenings after dinner entertain guests with their singing and dancing. Each evening at 6.30pm sundowners are served at an outside bar with log fire and views across the desert to a waterhole where oxyrx gather.
There are many activities available including quad biking, balloon flights and the massive dunes at Sossusviei some 24km distance.It seems churlish to criticise - when the sheer logistics of this enterprise are mind blowing - but the restaurant is a little disappointing and needs a more experienced hand in the kitchen. Nonetheless this is a memorable experience and I rate it highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa is one of the most unique establishments in the Sossusvlei area. It is situated at 21 km from the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei. This makes it one of the lodges closest to the Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Mirage Desert Lodge And Spa
- Le Mirage Desert Hotel Namib-Naukluft Park
- Le Mirage Desert Resort
- Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park