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Solitaire Desert Farm
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

This was a great place to stay. Good location, excellent food ( some of the best we had in Namibia) great views, big clean rooms and the added extra of the Cheetah drive which was brilliant and with a superb sunset thrown in. Highly recommended !!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We stayed for two nights at Solitaire Guest farm in November. It was our favourite place of all during our two weeks in Namibia! Beautiful surroundings. Friendly atmosphere, lots of animals including half-tame meerkats. Yes a bit long from Solitaire, but in itself a wonderful, quiet, good priced place. Had we stayed longer we would have taken advantage of the Cheetah reintroduciton and done some longer hiking. As it was we went on a guided trip with Sossus on foot and also of course to Sossusvlei.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We camped one night at this farm and were very satisfied.
The night before, we stayed in Sesriem Rest Camp, got up early in the morning to visit the dunes, had lunch again in Sesriem and drove then on to Solitaire. Must have been around one hour over gravel road, through beautiful scenery.

Solitaire itself very small : around 15 houses, a gasoline station with small supermarket, a café and a bakery (which is indeed the great attraction). The entrance gate of our farm was around 500m further and once passed it we still had to drive around 6kms before arriving at the farm / lodge, which was located against a mountain range.

We were welcomed by a very nice lady, who showed us around the restaurant, the bar, the 2 swimming pools... all very clean, cosy and well taken care off.
Although we did not sleep in a guest room, I noticed that some of them were located in the main building, another 6 or so in an annex building (around 200m further with nice terraces) and that there was also a self-catering villa(with a couple of bedrooms) around 500m further. Everything looked great.

The 3 camp sites were 100 to 150 meter away. When we were there, the 2 others were occupied by overlander buses, but since they were quiet enough this didn't bother us.
Each camp site has a little building in which you will find 2 sinks, a separate toilet room and a separate shower room. There were also one or two power points available. Each site provided also a reed-roofed shelter.

We had dinner at the restaurant that evening (I think you better reserve beforehand) which was n$ 150 pp and probably the nicest diner we had in Namibia : a relatively simple starter (filled pancake), followed by a buffet which offered different salad bowls, 'zebra bourguignon', grilled oryx steak and a small desert buffet. Service was excellent : very helpful, friendly, cheerful... and towards the end of the dinner, all personnel came in singing and clapping... fantastic. Other personnel were also around during dinner, asking if everything was alright and happy to chat a the bar afterwards.

Note that they recently started with a project together with Naankuse for relocating 4 cheetahs in the area. While we were there, we joined the cheetah tracing sundowner tour : one jeep, a biologist, the two of us and a bunch of Italians went for about 1,5 hours crusing over the farmlands looking for these cheetahs. Nice nice ! It costed n$ 250 pp, which was good value.

All in all, a very positive surprise: great people, great location and a great cook.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

While passing by Solitaire, we as well decided to stop for a coffee and apple-pie. We enjoyed it, took another coffee and while walking around we decided to see whether we could spend the night in Solitaire.
That turned out to be the only right decision! We went to Solitaire Guest Farm and stayed on campside #1. It is extremely large with your own showers, toilet, sink, light and power. Of course a fireplace and braai as well.
The people are very friendly and help you with all the information you want. The view is just amazing. Thinking back, this is the most special place I have ever been to. Definitely climb the small hill in the evening for the sunset. Sitting there, hearing nothing, high grass moving by the wind together with a great view; it made it the perfect sunset! The best ever.
The area is beautiful to explore by 4x4 and to drive the pass is definitely recommendable. But ask the staff about the details, to make sure you get the best out of it.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

* 70 km from Dunes
*Walter and Simone are top, top hosts
*Enjoy the company of Bocky and other wild animals the just made the Farm their home
*High quality food and accommodation

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

Very nice place! Huge room, huge veranda looking out into the wilderness. Farm animals include Springbok and Oryx, which we could watch from our veranda. The springbok even helped himself to some breakfast - very cute! Very friendly staff, very african atmosphere. Dinner was excellent (Oryx and Mountain Zebra).

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2011

This is a must-visit place when you're in Namibia. During our road trip this was the most beautiful camp site we have visited. Only 3 camp sites are available, so reserve in advance. Sunset is magical, so are the details in the private ablution block and reception area.

Keep up the good work!

Cheers, Paul

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Solitaire Desert Farm

Address: C14 Road | 7 km from C14 and C19 junction, Solitaire 9000, Namibia (Formerly Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch)
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Solitaire
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Solitaire
Price Range: $103 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Solitaire Desert Farm 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Solitaire Desert Farm is a small, peaceful lodge at the foot of the Rantberg Mountains. Guests enjoy hiking, mountain biking and fat tire bike rentals, nature drives and night drives. The farm is rich in free-roaming wildlife and endemic bird species. Our open-air restaurant serves fresh, delicious dinners with a great selection of fine South African wines. We sit at the centre of the Solitaire Land Trust, dedicated to preserving the natural habitat of the Namib desert and bordering grasslands for endemic zebra and vulnerable cheetah populations that historically reside here. ... more   less 
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