We stayed here for three nights in early July 2014. The main purpose of the trip was to visit Sossusvlei. This isn't the most obvious option, since Solitaire is nearly three hours drive to the north, but it had the distinct advantage of being cheaper than the closer options which were available. It was also on the road to Walvis Bay, which was our next destination.
The guest farm is set around 6km off the main road,. We stayed in one of a series of rooms which appear to have recently been built, which are set a short way back from the original complex. The room was large, with a good bed and high ceilings. the bathroom was solid, although like nearly all places in Nambiia only had a shower, not a bath. There was also a patio, which had a lock which was in a state of disrepair, which was odd given that this appears to be a fairly new build.
One of the advantages of the Ranch is that both evening and morning meals are included. This model can be found in a number of places in Southern Africa, and the food is generally of relatively low standard. On this occasion, however, we were pleasantly surprised. Although the cooking isn't necessarily gourmet cuisine, it is significantly better than could have been expected under the circumstances, and compares very favourably with similar offerings elsewhere in the region.
The wifi is solid, although only accessible from the main complex, which meant we didn't have it in our room.
- 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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