Solitaire Desert Farm

Solitaire Desert Farm

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4.5
#1 of 2 ranches in Solitaire
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Sauna
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Car hire
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Seating area
Clothes rack
Bath / shower
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German, Portuguese

Location

C14 Road, Solitaire 9000 Namibia
Getting there
Hosea Kutako Intl Airport
210.8 km
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paullim2016 wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a long drive from Walvis Bay Airport and some parts of the road are really bumpy.

From the main road, you need to take another 5~10 minutes drive to the property. Really gives you the feeling that you are in the desert. The property is very close to Solitaire, a small little place where you can find a gas station, a convenient store, a bakery and a café for food.

Checking in is efficient and we were told that we can drive our call to the room/chalet. Decent size room with a open area outside the room. Room is generally clean but there are no toiletries, so you will need to bring your own shower gel, shampoo etc, including your toothbrush and shavers.

The area outside the room has 2 chairs and a table. Weather was great when we were there and it feels so comfortable sitting there to just do nothing or watch the sunset or just looking up at the stars in the evening. This is the first time, we felt that the stars are so clear and close to us! A fantastic experience.

Dinner and breakfast are provided and for dinner, the food is very good. Highly recommend the pan-fried Hake Fillet. Breakfast is simple. The area where you have your meals looks into the wilderness and offers a good sunset view.

It was very windy on our second night and when we woke up in the morning, we discovered the strong winds have blown sand particles into the room and on our blankets!

The only inconvenience is the strength of the wifi. Can't received any wifi in the room. Otherwise, would certainly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: October 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Roberto R wrote a review Aug 2017
Madrid, Spain
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you cannot stay at Sossusvlei or can't afford it, this is the next best thing, located a few km off the C14. The rooms calm (they are a 2-minute walk from the reception/restaurant area and huge, hut-style with very high ceilings. The bathroom is probably the best we had in our whole Namibia trip and there is a nice terrace you can watch the sunset from. breakfast was also one of the best, and dinner was very good too. There is also a swimming pool, although we did not try it.

It felt like a luxury hotel for the price of a regular place (ie Solitaire desert farm, by the gas station)

I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kate B wrote a review Aug 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The welcome here is fantastic! The camping facilities are amazing with your own personal wash block. The pool has beautiful views and there are fantastic walks in the area. There is a great telescope for viewing the stars. All staff were incredibly helpful and friendly - this is one of the best campsites we have been to!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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wiljovl wrote a review Sept 2023
Duiven, The Netherlands
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice buildings and the people are friendly, but it seems to be missing warmth.
The rooms are big and clean. The beds are 160 cm wide with standard covers that are too small for two adults.
There is a nice swimming pool with deckchairs around it.
There are two waterpoints for (wild) animals and we saw some jackals and (after dark) a group of 30 or so wildebeest. We were told also zebra and wild cheetah frequent the waterpoints.
We booked this location because there was a possibility to rent bikes. On arrival we were told the bikes were not in good condition.
We did do the cheetah tour which was ok. As in other places the cheetahs were born in captivity and do not hunt. They were fed just that morning and were resting. The driver drove his truck towards the cats to get them to move which disturbed me.
The farm belongs to the same owner as the lodge, fuel station and bakery some 7 kms away. Only cash payment is accepted but if needed you can pay with credit card for the Farm at the fuel station. There is also an atm at the fuel station.

All in all a nice location for a night but it could be much better.

PS the bakery is REALLY worth a visit.
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Date of stay: August 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tej_Chau wrote a review Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This accommodation was part of an overland camping tour I was on, on arrival we were blown away with how beautiful the site is. There was 2 pools. a bar, a chill out area. and WiFi as well as a restaurant. When the temperature is 40 degrees the first thing you would want to do is jump in the pool to cool down, which is exactly what our group did. However, we were then approached by the manageress to get out of the pool as this was only for customers who are spending x amount on the accommodation and campers are not allowed to use it, we were also not allowed to use the deck chairs and she was not happy that her towels has been used. I had been on the tour for over 30 days at this point and we have never ever had a problem with using the facilities as we are still customers of the site and we shouldn't be made to feel indigent. Her approach she used was also very rude, she also stated that it was fine for the 2 accommodated to have the privileges but then they wouldn't be able to be with us. We were offered the little pool, as there was so many of us but that was the only reason, and also I think she realised we were spending money on the bar - which she thanked us for later and then told us to go bed. This has been voiced to the overland company I was with because we do not want anyone else to feel like the way the manageress made us feel which was demoralising and infuriating people still think its acceptable to talk as certain customers are beneath them.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Carey P, Guest Relations Manager at Solitaire Desert Farm
Responded 30 Jan 2017
Hi Tej, As an owner of Solitaire Desert Farm, I can certify that the swimming pools are for lodge guests only. We could indeed “Fire the manager”, not for the reasons you suggest, but for bending that policy for your group. We won't fire her, because we adore her, she is talented and incredibly hard-working, and we stand behind her 100%. We know she was just trying to keep the overlander tour company you traveled with happy. The reason you were “blown away” by the beauty of our site is because overland travelers usually stay at much lower-end accomodations. You paid $N120 or about $8 Euros a night to camp at our establishment. About the cost of a very cheap lunch in London. Your large group took over the main swimming pool, used fresh pool towels reserved for Lodge guests, and refused to leave as that days’ Lodge guests began to arrive. Your group was a problem, and stressed out our staff. Lodge guests pay 9 times as much as campers. It is those higher prices that support the salaries/chemical/maintenance/laundry costs of keeping a pool clean and functional in the desert. Not to mention our very high rural electricity costs, as well as pulling precious water out of the desert water table. We compensate by saving water elsewhere, but still; we are a nature conservancy. We plan on closing the small pool in the near future to turn it into a pond for birds and wildlife. If you want all the amenities of a resort, you need to book a room. Campers get camper amenities. I love to camp and I’ve camped all across Namibia in the heat of the summer. So I know for a fact that many, if not most lodges charge day-use fees for campers to use their pools for the very reasons listed above. And just as I don’t try to use the swimming pool at the Hilton in Windhoek when I’m not a guest there, but rather just drop in for lunch, you might more gracefully accept the conditions you choose to travel under.
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KaliFL wrote a review Nov 2016
Naples, Florida
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I was looking forward to see what the good reviews on the Nam-ch forum were all about. I was however disappointed upon arrival at our camp site. There was no sign with the name of the Guestfarm off the main road. While the camping area is big with braii station and private ablution block as well as a small kitchen area, the negatives outweighed the positives. Most distressing was that there was no hot water and when testing the shower, the drain was clogged. Wifi was out of commission and all the tame animals and cheetah close by were not around anymore. It seems that there is new ownership and the old owner took the animals with her. Was told that Cheetah was sick and only one was left. So no cheetah feeding anymore. There were no animals at the small waterhole maybe because some lodge guests were extremely loud?
The thing that bothered me the most was that the farm's employees were very loud and yelled and hollered in their language way past midnight, which spoiled the peaceful desert atmosphere and made us have a bad night's sleep. I would not recommend staying at Solitaire Guestfarm as many things did just not work the way they should have for our visit. .
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Date of stay: September 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bettybowler wrote a review May 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The rating for this place is a challenge because they deserve a 3.5 stars. The challenge is mostly location given that people coming to Solitaire are likely also very interested in spending time at Sossusvlei & Deadvlei. It's about a 2.5 hour drive to get to Sossusvlei, and given that the guest farm is not next to the park they don't assist with trips or guides there. If you are the independent sort you will be fine - my husband and I got up at 4:30am to drive down to the dunes. They also advertise that they do sundowners, but this is also not connected with the lodge instead it is with a conservation team in Solitaire. The sundowner consists of going to a 300 hectar fenced in area with rescue cheetahs that are too used to humans to safely be in the wild - it is not the traditional game park sundowner. On food, be advised that you will likely need to get food in Solitaire for lunches or bring your own. There wasn't a fridge in our room, although I am sure that the staff would allow you to store food if you brought it from elsewhere. They provide breakfast and dinner with the cost of the stay, and overall the food was quite decent, although if you are a picky eater then you might find it a challenge. There was a lot of cheese, mayonnaise and cream sauces included in most dinners, but as it's buffet style, if you have dietary restrictions you can likely still find something or speak with the kitchen.
Overall I would say that this spot is very eclectic, has a couple of little pools to swim in when the days get very hot, and has some kind and helpful staff. Location is not the best for those visiting the dunes and wanting to have the chance to catch things at sunrise/sunset. If I were to go back I would know to book well in advance to get a spot near the park. However, if you're late like we were and everything in Sesriem is booked up - this is a great little spot to stay!
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Date of stay: May 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nadia W wrote a review Oct 2015
Boutersem, Belgium
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very friendly people and food was excellent. We only stayed one night which might be important to know. We had a flat tire and the owners helped us immediately out by asking one of their people to help. They even phoned Hertz to help us out. Again many thanks for this.
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Date of stay: October 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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teesmo99 wrote a review Aug 2015
Bethesda, Maryland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Large, tidy rooms, good food, homey feel (you can help yourself and sign for your drinks at the bar and dinner served family style at 6:30 in the evening), lots of dogs and a cat, cows, peacocks, friendly staff. Right next to a cheetah project where you can walk among the cats and sip a drink (they pick up at the lodge at 4 pm).

Tip: ask nicely and they will pack you breakfast if you want to get to Soussevlei for sunrise in the morning.

Highlight: our first night there was one of our kids' birthdays and they baked him a cake and serenaded him with Namibian birthday songs (much better than Happy Birthday to You).

Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tim W wrote a review Jan 2015
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were very satisfied with room, food and location on our 2 night stopover. The lodge owners are friendly and joining the dinner area every evening. The dinner in buffet form is just great and tasty! You will enjoy the time at the lodge, pool!
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Date of stay: December 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claude A asked a question Dec 2014
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Salut Bibi 31 ici le Glaude et la CRICRI quel bel endroit n est ce pas ....
Answer from sylvie b
clermont7 contributions6 helpful votes
Enfin... gardez en un ouvert qd même... ça vaut le coup
loicbellet wrote a tip Sept 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa383 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for rooms away from the main area for a better, more secluded experience with less ambient lighting so you can see the stars better."
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jaagaume wrote a tip Aug 2019
Antony, France148 contributions97 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I did not stay in the hotel so no comment."
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Max W wrote a tip Feb 2018
Ireland229 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All camp spaces have the same great facilities"
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CorrieChristiaan wrote a tip Jun 2017
Tiny, Canada335 contributions79 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had a Family Room"
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AJKPerth wrote a tip Aug 2016
Perth, Australia66 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"wifi was available in the bar and restaurant and if your room was close to reception!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,119 - R 2,837 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Solitaire Guest Farm Desert Ranch
LOCATION
NamibiaKhomas RegionSolitaire
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Solitaire Desert Farm
What are some of the property amenities at Solitaire Desert Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Solitaire Desert Farm?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a view of the mountains, and a pool view.
What food & drink options are available at Solitaire Desert Farm?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Solitaire Desert Farm?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Solitaire Desert Farm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Solitaire Desert Farm?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Portuguese, and Afrikaans.
Is Solitaire Desert Farm accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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