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andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
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Reviewed May 18, 2014

It is an amazing place. The villas, scenery and management/staff. We have been there three times and never been disappointed . A perfect place just to wind down. Beautiful location, villas and scenery, I have rated the spa and fitness center due to and error, There is no spa and fitness center but it is nice to just do walk i nye desert and plunge down in the pool afterwards

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

The villas that you stay in are lovely. The views and scenery from the villas and the lodge are spectacular overlooking the red dunes. The villas are large and there was plenty of room for our family of four (1.5 and 3.5 year old).
The drive to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei is about 45 mins. I recommend leaving for the morning session as you will get more time with the dunes and the lighting will be better. If you go in the afternoon by the time the sun starts to set to get the shadows and the really good pics you will need to race to make it out of the park on time.
The surrounding area of the lodge is gorgeous. Make sure to visit the petrified dune, it is a must. Preferably in the morning before it gets too hot.
We stayed four nights but three is more than enough to cover everything.
We liked George (guide) and Ruth (butler) was lovely.
I'm not giving 5 stars for two reasons. As you might have read in previous reviews the food is average at best. It gets pretty old after 4 days.
The other disappointment was the astronomer was on holiday while we were there. That is no fault of the lodge but the star gazing is amazing there and it would have been wonderful to participate with the astronomer if they had been there when we visited.
Also we stayed in Villa #10 and for those that don't care to walk this might be a bit far from the main lodge for you. We didn't mind as the kiddos liked finding "nature" along the walk to the lodge each day and night.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank iamarugger
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Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

Perfect desert location for tranquility. Tented accommodation allows the feel of sleeping outdoors-rooms airconditioned.
Limited wi-fi in reception area.
Excellent buffet with meals prepared personally by chefs.
Easy access to visiting the dune field

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

As with all my reviews, I try to make them as complete as possible as that is what I appreciate in a review.

First, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an amazing property set in a spectacularly beautiful location. It is well managed by Paolo and his wife Emarita with a mostly excellent staff.

The individual villas are well equipped, modern and comfortable with indoor/outdoor showers, double sinks, stocked small refrigerator into which you can have your favorite beverages placed upon arrival, two patios with chase lounges and a table with 2 chairs, a very comfortable bed with skylight window above to watch the stars while falling asleep and a very comfortable indoor lounge. Stone walls at the bathroom end of the pavilion allow for maximum privacy.

There is a great little gift shop —- the only one in two months of travel where we actually found some items to purchase that were well priced, useful, carefully selected and beautifully displayed in a small space.

While the lodge clearly highlights the scenery, there is also some wildlife to see which we quite enjoyed including oryx, jackal, aardvarks, hare, ostrich, aard wolf, zebra, and springbok. If lucky, cheetah and leopards can also be found.

The food is particularly good and the chef is eager to meet dietary restrictions. Belinda, the chef, could not have been more accommodating. Hango, who is a great bartender, always had a warm and welcoming smile and made some killer drinks. Our “butler” Ruth was also wonderful and took very good care of us, especially when it came to making sure our meal tables were always out of the line of fire of smokers.

My husband also enjoyed the opportunity to spend a bit of time with the current resident astronomer to learn about the southern sky and get a picture-postcard look at Saturn and its rings through the top notch computerized telescope at the small observatory. The Lodge is a part of the Dark Skies program and the stars are as vivid as anywhere in the world.

We spent 3 nights here and it seems we always had something to do including a great trip to the huge, red sand dunes, a balloon ride, a walk to an area cave with some petroglyphs, and 2 game drives including a visit to the local “Stonehenge” in the Moringa Valley which was quite spectacular. The vehicles are configured for a maximum of six people, however our experience was to go out with only 4 even when the lodge was full —- this made the drives more comfortable for all. Our game drives included a “sundowner” stop in beautiful locations with excellent mixed cocktails, snacks, sodas, water and juice — all while sitting on camp chairs enjoying the spectacular sunset.

The sunsets and sunrises are more beautiful than anything we have seen as the mountains, dunes and rocks constantly change color until it is dark and then the stars come out in spades —- it is simply breathtaking.

But, as with any property, there are a few things which would have improved our experience. There are 3 opening windows in each villa and two sliding doors to let in the great fresh air, unfortunately there are no screens on them so one is almost forced to use the air conditioning which we don’t like to do. Screens would be a great addition as the air conditioning is quite noisy and enjoying the night air is one of the great joys of Namibia.

If you are afraid of bugs, which we are not, this could present a bit of a challenge as large moths and grasshoppers are ever present at night. We actually enjoyed this as we watched the bats and birds eat their meals. Mosquitos were not a problem but there were other small insects that seemed to like to feast on my husband when we left the windows open at night.

Lastly, while the guides are knowledgeable and most are eager to share their insights, especially Peter, on a few occasions it seemed as if the interests and schedules of the guides took precedence over what we wanted to do. One evening when a drive to a specific area was not planned, we were made to feel a bit uncomfortable for requesting that game drive —- when paying the stiff tariff for a premium camp, that probably should not be the case. It was resolved in the end with the head guide finding a way to make things work and we had a great afternoon drive.

These are small things and did not in any way detract from our enjoyment. This is a great lodge, with an excellent staff and leadership and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank buford33
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

My husband and I just returned from 4 nights at this lodge and we found it to be absolutely wonderful and we had a fabulous time. The lodge itself is gorgeously built and situated in the shade of a hill, so you are protected most of the time from the heat. The chalets themselves are beautifully appointed, with very effective air conditioning, which is very needed. You also have a butler and a guide appointed to you. Our butler was Frans, who was fantastic and our guide was Peter, who was also brilliant and very knowledgeable about the area. Staying in the middle of the desert in such isolation is such a unique experience and it is very worthwhile to visit this lodge. The only reason I have not given it 5*'s, is that the food was quite average and in some cases, poor. The chefs rotate each night and whilst very friendly, there is a severe lack of experience in their preparation and serving of food. The lodge, being so isolated, does rely on weekly deliveries of food, but I just think the chefs need a lot more training to be on the same level as the rest of the staff, who are all excellent.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

easy to be found, really nice view, awesome location, wonderful rooms, very good food, good wine list, really friendly staff, very polite management, wonderful activities...just perfect and worth the (quite high) price

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This lodge is literally in the middle of nowhere. Given this, we were tempted to give it an excellent rating. The meals--all buffet--range from very good to adequate. We strongly recommend trying the grilled wild game. This permits you to sample a wide range of game meat without stuffing yourself. Like many places in southern Africa, service is spotty, but they try hard. If you stay here, we would definitely recommend you take the evening nature drive. The scenery is out-of-this- world beautiful and the likelihood of seeing wildlife is high. The hors de-ouevres and sparkling wine served in the desert at sunset also is a great touch on the drive.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park > Sossusvlei
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Sossusvlei
Price Range: $237 - $1,650 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by rugged mountains and the magical sand dunes of the Namib Desert, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is the ultimate escape. An oasis of peace and comfort in the midst of the world's oldest desert, the Lodge offers a cosy and comfortable refuge in the vastness of this strange and beautiful land. ... more   less 
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