Sossus Dune Lodges

Sossus Dune Lodges

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#5 of 7 lodges in Sesriem
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Park View
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
Property amenities
Free parking
Secured parking
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Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Mosquito net
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Sun terrace
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Private balcony
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Sesriem Namibia
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stonellas wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom822 contributions586 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge is run by Namibian Widlife Reserve (NWR) and like any government run business it has a lot of strengths and some weaknesses. Overall though we thought the Lodge had far more strenths than weaknesses. The lodge is inside the National Park which as other reviewers have pointed out gives you a huge advantage if you want to watch the sunsets and sunrises. The lodge which has 24 seperate cabins on stilts on either side of the central area is built in front of a rock mountain. For some reason February is considered the low season and there were only a couple of other parties of guests staying at the Lodge whilst we were there. This meant our cabin was quite close to the central area. It is a long walk if you are in the furthest cabin. The central area has a large lounge area and a seperate dining room. Internet connection can be purchased (Nab $ 50 for a max download of 300mb) and that worked extremely well in the lounge area. It does not work in the cabins. The central area also had a small swimming pool with loungers. Our cabin was very large with a double bed. mosquito net and 2 lounger chairs in front of the large window overlooking the dunes. There was no airconditioning but there was a fan. There was a seperate bathroom with shower, washhand basin but no hair dryer. The towels varied from brand new to needs replacing soon. There was an outside terrace area with 2 chairs and a table. Over cabin ovelooked the small watering hole which was lit up at night (not very well) but we did see a jackal, oryx and of course springboks, We were told to make sure that we left the cabin with all windows & doors shut to stop baboons entering which we did but we didnt see any baboons throughout the stay. Breakfast was included and this was served at the restaurant and as the weather was very hot we sat outside. Breaksat consisted of a basic cold buffet and eggs/bacon etc cooked to order. Dinner (Nab $ 300) was additional. This consisted of a 4 course set meal. The food was hearty and the menu which changed daily included soup (both hot & cold) eland & chicken. The dinner service was fairly slow though there werent many of us. I can't honestly say that the staff were that enthusiastic but the location is fabulous, the rooms were great though I am sure they can get very hot at times as the fan is not that effective but despite this we had a lovely time.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Alison T wrote a review Jan 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom48 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for 3 nights with a small group of photographers, the lodge being chosen because it is inside the park gates. This allows you to get to Dead Vlei before sunrise, at which time you may well have the place to yourself. It also enables you to be the last to leave at sunset in the evening. The accommodation was lovely, very spacious and I had the good fortume to have the waterhole outside my verandah - an added bonus of being able to watch the animals come to drink. The food was good, and the small swimming pool very refreshing. There was a small charge for wifi, however this was a minor irritation compared with all the advantages.
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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phbbld wrote a review Mar 2020
Sechelt, Canada37 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Individual and huge authentic African style accommodations. Their staff was extremely caring and wanting to ensure that you enjoyed your stay. Also exceptionally prepared and tasty meals! We did the 5:30 a.m. trek led by Hosta to the Big Daddy Dune. Going that early is a real bonus. Ours were the first footsteps and the early morning coolness and seeing the sunrise made this a real highlight. Finished by a tablecloth spread breakfast of fresh fruits, yogurt, meats, cheeses, fresh bread and served under the branches of an acacia tree! Wonderful!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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debndon wrote a review Oct 2021
Phoenix, Arizona212 contributions124 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want the extra hour before sunrise and after sunset to get to and from the dunes this is the only game in town other than camping, and is priced accordingly. You pay for the location, not for the quality of the accommodations, food and services.
The lodge sits at the base of a small mountain with the expansive desert in front. In the distance are pink sand dunes. The cabins spoke out from the common areas single file along the base of the mountain. Cabins 13 and above have the better views of the sand dunes. If you are either end you can be fairly far from the common areas, especially on the low numbered side.
The common area includes a bar/restaurant, the reception area and lounge and a pool area. None are air conditioned and neither are the rooms. While the mornings and evenings were perfectly comfortable, around 3pm it is quite toasty with only a fan to keep you cool. On our first day it was over 39°C/100°F in our room the 3rd week in September.
The high ceilinged rooms are spacious, a sort of luxurious thatched roof hut. The bedroom side is large enough for a bed and sitting area. The king sized bed is two large twins pushed together. The sitting area has views of the desert and the pink sand dunes beyond. There is also a porch with chairs and a table facing the same view. Lovely in the morning but way too hot in the afternoon in September. There are only a couple of outlets for charging and no WIFI in the rooms. In fact you have to buy a voucher if you want WIFI access in the common areas. A bit cheesy at these prices.
The bathroom is also spacious and includes a large shower and a double sink counter. That said the huts have seen better days and are showing signs of wear and pour maintenance - the shower head leaks profusely, the outlets are old and dirty, stains on the outdoor furniture, the wooden counters are worn, the water boiler is in serious need of decalcification, etc.
While I’ve seen complaints about the service and indifferent staff, we found everyone to be helpful and friendly and had no issues.
With the place less than have full because of Covid-19 the dinner and lunch menus were limited with only one or two choices. On our second night there were even fewer guests and they didn’t even offer a starter. Food quality is OK, just limited offerings.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Chalets 13-25 have sand dune views. 13 is closer to the main lodge. 25 is furthest out.
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Lynne S wrote a review Sept 2022
Bangkok137 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sossus Dunes Lodge is expensive but the major benefit is that you are inside the park gates and can therefore set off earlier and come back later to the dunes and deadvlei, than people staying outside the gates.

The Lodge is attractive with tented upmarketish accommodation looking out across the sand and dunes. Each tent has a great wet area shower, separate toilet and large bathroom area; the beds are kingsize and the main room also has two loungers you can laze in looking out of the windows as you relax. There is a fridge, tea/coffee/kettle in the room, also a safe which I would recommend using. The balcony is spacious and has lovely views too.

The dining room / bar is spacious but menu options and drink choices are a bit limited. The food however was good.

The waiters, bar staff and lodge manager were all delightfully helpful.
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Date of stay: September 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nicolas C wrote a review Aug 2021
Stuttgart, Germany30 contributions55 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is situated in the middle of the desert and is super close to the dunes, amazing! The place itself is very beautiful. It has a pool to relax and the rooms are super comfortable, right in front of the desert, where with luck you may see animals. The only big problem was the staff and the service. They charge 11 euro for 100mb of WIFI, and it doesn’t even let you write on WhatsApp. By trying to sort this problem out, the staff was super rude and uninterested in customer service. They treated us very badly and pretended us to pay even if the service was not working. Generally speaking they didn’t know what customer service meant.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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LisaK wrote a review Jun 2022
24 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The shame is that this could be a great lodge, given its position inside the Sosussvlei National Park and its setting. However, particularly after Covid, it desperately needs investment. Things in our room weren't simply broken, they were dangerous. Sparks came out of the plug our non-operational bedside lights were fixed into, the wooden frame from which our mosquito net hung over the bed was attached to the ceiling by tatty little bits of string at each corner - one of which promptly broke and brought the frame down on my partner's head. At 5am a power failure caused the water pumping system to fail and a howling started up in the pipes like a jumbo jet taking off which went on for over an hour until they got the power back on. No chance of sleeping through that. They sell you vouchers for wifi that then isn't available and demand that you pay for lunch or dinner in the restaurant in cash each time you eat during your stay.
The manageress seems to be trying her best, but spends a lot of time apologising.
The real downer though, given this is NOT a cheap place to stay, is the lack of care, information or general customer service. You really get the feeling that they don't feel they have to bother, as they're the only lodge inside the park and so therefore have a captive audience. I'm sure it used to be better than it is - hopefully it'll improve again.
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Date of stay: May 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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CapeGooseberry wrote a review May 2022
Switzerland29 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading all the negative reviews I wasn’t that keen on staying here, and spent days researching all the other options! We spent one night here in the end and I can absolutely recommend it. The staff were friendly, the location unbeatable and we loved our rooms. The food was fine and service friendly. Really, if you consider what other surrounding operations are charging, this is absolutely the best option. The morning drive to sossusvlei with a takeaway breakfast costs a fraction of what it does elsewhere (particularly considering their child rates) and you will be the first there. On top of this NWR occasionally offer special rates which are excellent value - we benefitted from a special on their website. The booking office can be a little slow in answering emails, but they do get back to you. We had to shift our dates twice because of covid and I had paid fully in advance…they honoured all my bookings. So I have no absolutely no complaints and would recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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sherry075777 wrote a review Sept 2023
Redmond, Washington28 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There were more advantages than disadvantages of staying there but I did not give it excellent only for one reason and that is during a sand storm that happened all of the 2 days I was there, the gaps in the room walls and floors caused the whole room to be filled with sand, you had to sleep on a bed of sand, towels were sandy, I could not open my suitcase because I was afraid all my clothes would get sand in it. There was nothing anyone could do as the sand kept coming in every minute even if I dusted everything, there was no escape. The advantage was that being inside the park you could go see the dunes and Deadville even after the park gates closed, The storm lasted till afternoon and if I was outside the park I would not have been able to see the dunes as there would be very little time for the gates to close so staying here meant I could go back to the dunes anytime after the wind subsided a bit. I was told that Aug and Sept usually sees a lot of high winds so avoid those months. Food and service was excellent, The staff was great and the cookies they bake are heavenly. They pack a really good breakfast for you to take every morning and dinner was three course, the beet soup was excellent and the grilled fish was the best I had tasted in a long time. Lack of wifi was also a disadvantage as we could not check the weather forecast to see when the storm was going to end. We had to go all the way to the gate and buy wifi for 30$. If it was not for the sand storm situation this place would be the place to be in, I wish they do something to cover up the rooms so sand does not come in
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Avoid Aug and Sept as i was told the sand storms are frequent and you cannot stay there is there...
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Mango wrote a review Jul 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a very overpriced experience. Not worth it at all.

Our dinner was the most expensive of our trip so far (we're two weeks in) and my main course was pasta with frozen vegetables.

The room was average at best. A very long walk from the reception area, lots of ants, and other bugs, dirty floor. We couldn't wait to leave.

The pool was gross, needs repairs and the bottom was very slimy. :(
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Rachel asked a question Feb 2020
Exeter, United Kingdom354 contributions30 helpful votes
Can I book the morning Deadvlei tour when I arrive at the lodge or does it have to be prebooked? Thanks
pia60 asked a question Jan 2020
Pia60169 contributions45 helpful votes
where can I find a map of the layout of this lodge?
pia60 asked a question Jan 2020
Pia60169 contributions45 helpful votes
Looking for a map of the Lay-out of Sossus Dune Lodge.
pia60 asked a question Jan 2020
Pia60169 contributions45 helpful votes
Where can I find a map with the layout of the lodge? Want to see what chalets is where?
Answer from Jeanne H
Boston, Massachusetts138 contributions75 helpful votes
The main lodge is in the center of the complex with 2 rows of chalets in opposite directions. I would request one closer to the main lodge as they are spread out.
sherry075777 wrote a tip Sept 2023
Redmond, Washington28 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid Aug and Sept as i was told the sand storms are frequent and you cannot stay there is there is sand all over the place. "
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Indranu H wrote a tip Jun 2023
Bangkok, Thailand547 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The stretch from the entry gate to the lodge is has a lot of potholes."
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dianewC606WI wrote a tip Apr 2023
Parkland, Florida7 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"BE WARE THERE IS NO AIR CONDITIONING. DOUBTFUL THERE IS HEAT. CHECK FIRST IF GOING IN WINTER"
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793mariettef wrote a tip Sept 2022
Randpark Ridge, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want peace and quiet stay far from reception but not if you have any mobility issues."
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Rosemary C wrote a tip Jul 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania28 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a chalet closer to the entrance if you have mobility issues."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sossus Dune Lodges
What are some of the property amenities at Sossus Dune Lodges?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Sossus Dune Lodges?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sossus Dune Lodges?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sossus Dune Lodges?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sossus Dune Lodges?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Sossus Dune Lodges have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.