Soft Adventure Camp

Soft Adventure Camp

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The Soft Adventure Camp: The Soft Adventure Camp has been designed for easy tourists, overland tours, that do not want to spend much money, do not want to carry their own tents, have a simple but clean chalet with proper beds and private bathroom with shower. Each chalet is individually placed around the granite hill, each has its own car park - right next to the chalet. 2 sides of the chalets are canvas as from 1 m and the other 2 sides are normal chalet walls. The bathroom is tiled and has some open space between the walls and the roof. This has been closed with shade net. It is great - for its 'close to nature-feeling' and with outdoor enthusiasts it is greatly appreciated. The chalets only have a movable water-cooling system, which is not comparable with a proper high-speed & silent air-condition! The Soft Adventure Camp has a central main building, with central cooking facilities. Food is prepared In this open kitchen and served directly. If the wind should be blowing, the sides of this social gathering Place can be closed with canvas. There is a small bar in this unit. Individual guests, who have chosen this option are often taken to Namib Naukluft Lodge for their meals. The Soft Adventure Camp is app. 1.5 km away from the lodge and the distance can easily be walked. However, our guides and staff are also happy to transfer guests - for example in the evening.
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Free parking
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Restaurant
Special diet menus
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Clothes rack
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English, German

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Namnau Habitat, C19, 9000 Namibia
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Hosea Kutako Intl Airport
230.9 km
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karlykay wrote a review Oct 2012
Hong Kong, China
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 nights at the Soft Adventure Camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. It claims it is a tented camp, but really it is a room with concrete walls, floors and ceilings and canvas windows. Guess that is needed as real canvas tented camps won't be able to stand up against the strong winds! The room has an air cooling machine (a free-standing machine that blows cold wind, moistened wind, or just room-temp wind).

We liked the Soft Adventure Camp better than the main lodge as it's a lot quieter, and has good views (if not better). The main lodge overlooks a plain with a small waterhole and a tree weighed down by a huge social weaver nest, while the Soft Adventure Camp looks out to a small hill range where the sun sets. The Soft Adventure Camp also seems to be darker so is great for stargazing.

There are two drawbacks: 1) It is a fair 10 min walk across sandy, rocky roads to the main lodge (where you get meals, leave for tours, etc). But if you come with a tour group, or have your own car, this is not an issue. 2) It still takes 30 minutes to get to the park entrance.

We had Jimmy as our guide, who was nice, but seems to be a bit too tired. We had Vernon for our sundowner at Marble Mountain (which has fantastic views), and he seemed more upbeat and ready for more tidbits of information.

One thing to note, the main lodge catering staff are not the friendliest, and will give fleeting looks if you order water for meals all the time...
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Date of stay: October 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SRD1509 wrote a review Jun 2013
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the cheaper alternative to the main Namib Naukluft Lodge but there is nothing inferior about it. The rooms are single blocks with the bottom half built of clay with the top half being canvas. All the rooms are en suite and furnished very simply with two single beds, side tables, a couple of coffee tables, a clothes airer and some chairs. They do get hot during the day but there is a ceiling fan and an air conditioning unit. The en suite contains a shower, toilet and sink and is colder than the rest of the room as it is opened at the top (although covered by mesh so large creepy crawlies don't get in). There is also a BBQ area which is open when there are several guests staying, and a pool built into the rocks. At night you get a wonderful view of the starry sky, in the morning you have the amazing views of the plain and the mountains.

I had my itinerary already booked before I arrived and was taken on a tour to Soussosvlei during the day (which was fantastic) followed by a sundowner from the marble rock in the evening. I was also taken on the zebra trail hike the following day which offered some beautiful views from the top of the trail and a chance to see a herd of zebras as the ran up. Amazing!

The soft adventure camp does not generally provide food and you have to go to the main lodge for meals. This can be walked during the day if you wish but at night you will be transported back and forth by a driver as there are no lights and it is possible that there are hyenas. The main lodge dining area opens out to provide beautiful views of the mountains and has a little drinking trough where squirrels, birds and desert mice come to drink.

This is a simple place but very clean and the staff are friendly. The meals are set but are tasty and plentiful and they will cater for special diets. If you are planning on visiting the Soussosvlei I would highly recommend the soft adventure camp as a base.
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Date of stay: June 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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MiningGirlStockholm wrote a review Dec 2013
Stockholm
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I took the advice of the other reviewers and stayed at the soft camp of the Namib Naukluft Lodge and didn't regret it. The soft camp is set away from the main Lodge against a rocky ledge to protect from the winds. My tent was actually a fairly large tented room on top of a concrete floor with the bathroom in the back (which is open at the top to let in fresh air). I really loved it, it gives you a great safari feeling and felt very very safe (proper lock on the door). The rooms at the Lodge are fine, and do have a lovely view over the landscape, but they are more traditional hotel rooms. You are closer to the larger pool and you have Wifi access if you stay at the main Lodge. But the benefit to being at the soft camp is the atmosphere - and isn't that why you travelled all the way to the desert? The walk between the two camps is about 1 kilometre, no problem during the day, but you need to get a lift at night because it is so dark (very easy to get lost), and the meals are usually served at the main Lodge, so you are a little stuck moving back and forth freely at night. The meals at the main Lodge were fantastic, given the location and difficulties of bringing in supplies - we had our best meals in Namibia there. And overall the facility seemed well managed.
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Choose the soft camp! If noise bothers you, ask for a tent away from the BBQ/small pool area...
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Kime Ne wrote a review Dec 2018
FN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The host Kai and all the people working there are amazing. So nice and lovely. The accommodation itself is great and clean. You have comfy beds, an AC, a fan, bathroom big, towels, coffee/tee possibilities and a pool. U r in the middle of nowhere with an amazing panorama. Watch the sunset at the pool. So great. Everything was perfect. One of the best places I stayed at.

Between 3-5 pm you get coffee and cake. Wifi is working at the reception area. There you can also make friends with Springbok Amber and dog Laila. So lovely.

Thank you for having us.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Marja C wrote a review Jul 2017
Schalkhaar, The Netherlands
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodges are half building, half tent. The beds were ok but a bit worn out. Rooms were simple and did not have a water kettle or anything else. The shower was good and hot, liquid soap was provided. the lodges have an amazing view. You don't have much noise from anyone. Behind the lodges there is swimming pool. You can eat dinner and breakfast with them. Dinner costs an amazing 300 NAD for a soup, main (pork snitzel with fries) and a desert. Soda cans were 15 NAD. If you can, try to eat somewhere else (like in sesriem or solitaire) because the food was extremely overpriced. Creditcard's and cash accepted, wifi in the restaurant area free of charge. Very close to solitaire and also close enough to deadvlei and sossusvlei for a day trip. Accessible with a small 2x4 car from Windhoek in one day (we drove a vw polo) but some bits of the gravel roads are really really bad.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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trueguide wrote a review Sept 2017
United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We wanted reasonable accommodation so we could visit Sossusvlei.
Basic canvas structure mounted on a permanent base with ensuite shower and toilet.
Wonderful experience, so quiet and relaxing, ice cold plunge pool next to the central dining area and bar.
We had one evening meal at the camp and on the next night at the main Naukluft lodge in the Boma. Both meals were self service and were good hearty meals. Staff were very accommodating and helpful. The lodge is approx 1 km from the soft adventure camp and can be easily driven or walked.
We booked the Sossusvlei tour and had a 6pm start, good value for money and some outstanding views and scenery with the chance to climb dune 47.
The only criticism would be that the chiller units supplied in the soft camp were in adequate when the outside temperatures were in the mid 30's. The temperature did cool down in the early hours so by leaving the canvas windows open it did allow for a through breeze.
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: This is not a luxury lodge but us a great place to stay.
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KevinB229 wrote a review Aug 2017
Denver, Colorado, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Soft Adventure Camp was perfect for our exploration of Naukluft and Sesreim. It really is in the middle of nowhere, so GPS is a good idea. The camp is away from the main lodge where reception and the restaurant are. It was quiet, and perfectly dark at night. Excellent place for star gazing. And the food in the restaurant was quite good. The rooms are not fancy, but they are clean and the beds are good.
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Date of stay: June 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fareeaa wrote a review Oct 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is probably the simplest way to feel really closer to nature without the fuss and expense if fancy accommodation and luxury, but also without the inconvenience of setting up tents, dealing with the elements and making your own food.

The location is stunning, with a pool elevated having great sunset views. The main lodge will do breakfast for guests or breakfast packs for those leaving early.

The chalets have a fan and AC system, although the AC in our room was noisy. It was hot, we just kept our flaps open and the fan on, which was good enough.

The bathroom and toilet are a little above Spartan but you're not left wanting for anything.
Rooms are quite spacious as well.

I had a good stay and would really recommend. It's about at hour from here to the Sossusvlei gates.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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robfets wrote a review Sept 2016
Mechelen, Belgium
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The chalets with tent canvas upon brick foundations are ok, the wind can create quite some noise. Food buffet was Ok but nothing spectacular. The price is interesting so, in the end "value for money". And who wants to sit inside when there is so much to discover outside.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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DRS wrote a review Sept 2015
Cradock, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The swimming pool with it's view was an ultimate highlight. The rooms/units were clean and very basic. The mobile aircooling units is complety insufficient to the wooden structure and heat of the location. We wlhad dinner and breakfast at the lodge included to our stay. Dinner and breakfast was ok, but not that great comparing to price of the various other establishments in the area.
We were fortunate to experience a thunderstorm and some rain during our one night stay. The next morning we found an African Wild cat between the camp and lodge which was quite a special sight.
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from Traveller_UK_SA
Tonbridge, United Kingdom63 contributions51 helpful votes
You can do it with a regular car but I would recommend 4X4 it will make your travel a better experience. If you wanted to go to the dunes and go off-roading 4x4 will be helpful. You could potentially make a compromise with a high rise 2x4.
gregory a asked a question Nov 2016
Oban, United Kingdom
How long would it take to drive from here to dune 45?
Answer from Fareeaa
Cape Town Central, South Africa82 contributions42 helpful votes
I'd give it two hours
Nathan_Aileen asked a question Jul 2016
Krugersdorp, South Africa
Is there a fridge in the chalet?
Answer from Barbara S
6 contributions
Good morning, thanking you for contacting us. There is no fridge in the chalets. We apologize for the inconvenience.
trueguide wrote a tip Sept 2017
United Kingdom64 contributions61 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is not a luxury lodge but us a great place to stay."
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MiningGirlStockholm wrote a tip Dec 2013
Stockholm11 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the soft camp! If noise bothers you, ask for a tent away from the BBQ/small pool area near the tents, but generally it is very quiet."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Soft Adventure Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Soft Adventure Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Soft Adventure Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Soft Adventure Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Soft Adventure Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Soft Adventure Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
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