Sossus Dune Lodge

Sossus Dune Lodge

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3.5
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CUISINES
African
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service
Is this an African restaurant?
CUISINES
African
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service
3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles18 reviews
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Michael C
Singapore2285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 couples
This is one of the few lodges that is located inside the park gate. Guests have to pay for their vehicle n adults permit upon leaving the park. We had 2 wonderful nights. The lodge (24 rooms) is operated by the park - government operated. By Namibia standard, this lodge is priced much higher than others around the area and therefore draw more criticism in terms of service n facilities. This exclusive lodge could reclaim its crown glory n wow factor with some slight improvements to its facilities. Though there is no air conditioning or heater, we survive the cold nights/morning as the comforters were sufficient.I can’t imagine visiting this place in summer although a portable fan was provided. Food wise, limited choices for vegetarians or gluten free diet but if you are a meat lover, you have no worries like me as African meals are mostly meat based. The meals are set choices and you can check with the staff what is being served for the day. We joined the activities organised by the lodge and enjoyed every bit of it and were the first to arrive at the dunes before sunrise. We departed the lodge at 5.45am. After the climb, we sat to have a nice breakfast prepare by the guide (Hoster). For those who choose to drive to the dunes themselves, have to wait till 7am, before the ‘shuttle bus’ transfer the self-drive guests for the last 1km soft sand ride. The earliest u can reach the dunes would be after 7.15am. If your vehicle gets stuck in the soft sand, the cost to recover your vehicle is 1050rand. If you have the MTC SIM data card, some parts of the lodge gets signal n you do not have to buy the lodge wifi card. Overall, signal here is a touch n go…. Just plan to live without internet for the next few days. Highly recommended stay… beautiful sunsets n sunrise with the vast landscapes as backdrop. Worth the extra dollars.
Written 13 August 2022
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Sue M
Harpenden837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
Amazing room, amazing view, amazing setting. It's very upmarket glamping with no heating in the rooms or the restaurant so really very cold in the evening and overnight. The sun is hot, the winds are icy. Set menu. Food tasty, large portion of meat, but small portions of everything else and, by the time it got to the table, it was barely warm. Burger on the lunch menu was good. Fantastic area to visit. Lloydy was really helpful and gave us an introduction to the area and told us how best to use our time. You are inside the park so you can head off early for deadvlei. If visiting in the winter make sure you are adequately prepared with plenty of layers and warm clothing. Despite freezing, we loved our stay.
Written 22 June 2022
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Travelling_Louise
152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 family
Although it looks so grand - perched against a ridge in a magnificent location- this lodge is just expensive. Mainly it lacks management and care. The service was average. The food was good-ish. The wind was strong on one of the nights we were there which caused the canvass on the sides of the individual cabins to blow against the wooden frame which kept us awake all night. They sell internet packages (there is not even a limited amount of free WiFi on offer) but then ended up not providing any access at all. We then had to spend a lot of time getting them to refund our unused WiFi vouchers. Stunning spot but in desperate need of modernisation
Written 10 July 2021
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Peter J
Toronto56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
We stayed for 2 nights. Our room was large and comfortable. Some of the furniture was dated but functional. As it is in the desert the room can be dusty. Plenty of hot water for showering. There is no A/C in the room so it can be hot in the evening unless the windows are opened which can let dust in. The pool was a nice surprise. It could be cleaned better as there was algae on the some of the walls. The breakfast was good with decent options. Dinner was good, except desserts which weren’t worth the cost. The staff were generally helpful, not as much as in other places. I think the lodge is expensive for what you get but it is in the park so you can get access to the dunes before sunrise. The lodge offers a sunrise shuttle to the dunes or you can self drive. The price was 750p.p. with breakfast in the dunes. I thought it was a bit expensive but for the convenience of not driving it is worth considering. Wifi is only available for a fee and they said it was slow. You can get MTC cell reception in the lobby so wifi isn’t necessary. There is a gas station just outside the park where you can buy snacks etc.
Written 1 April 2024
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Andrew C
Cape Town819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
First night: chicken or beef. Second night: gemsbok or fish. That was a surprise! The only issue is the frozen vegetables, but understandable when times are lean. It's good value with an amazing view.
Written 17 March 2021
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Jeanette F
Johannesburg164 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
To begin with we wanted to sit outside and dine ‘alfresco’ on the outdoor seating, this is not allowed. There are two people who are expected to run the bar, dish out food, take orders and other watering duties. They are run off their feet. The food was nothing special at all, pretty much like boarding school food. The packed breakfast consisted of a polony roll, boiled egg, apple and energy bar. No value for money here.
Written 17 October 2019
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Morten R
Oslo183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 none
The lodge has a lot going for it but is run in an indifferent manner and is overpriced. It is the only hotel inside the park and is state run, so there is neither any competition nor a need for excellence as people will come no matter what. I have seen the same in Indian national parks as well. When I was looking for my room I passed it as I thought it was a utility room, or for staff, as there was a huge sign on the door with an arrow pointing down to the ground next to fire extinguisher symbol. I surmised this building held fire extinguishing equipment and thus passed it only to see the next building had the same, and realized I had passed my room. Such incomprehensible marking - is the extinguisher on the ground under the walkway? The door should have the number of the room in plain view. The room was cozy and pleasant, but the air was circulating poorly and thus would heat up during the day like a sauna, which meant it took very long for it to cool down at night as the fan provided was inadequate, and there was no ceiling fan. It was the hottest accommodation of all my hotels in Namibia - by far. I have high tolerance for heat, but it was unpleasant to sleep here. I can only imagine how couples suffer as there is only one fan per room. The staff was not very helpful or service-minded. The food was average and uninspired and dinner was served inside where it was, as with the rooms, way too hot. Lunch was served outside and was a pleasant experience. I got excellent food at Aabadi Mountain Camp in comparison, which should not have been the case as it is a camp. Yet they were so inspiring, helpful and service-minded. My recommendation is that you should stay here only if getting to the dunes before the crowds and when the light is at its best, is most important. If you are OK with coming in a bit later and with the crowds, then stay elsewhere.
Written 16 August 2019
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AG4120
Washington DC26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 couples
We would highly recommend Sossus Dune Lodge. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. Our hut was beautiful and we absolutely loved the beds and the view. The proximity to the Sossusvlei is a huge perk. We were able to have Deadvlei to ourselves because all the other park visitors have to wait for the park gates were open. I would recommend this great lodge to anyone!
Written 12 June 2019
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Christine B
Fordingbridge1434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 solo
I really enjoyed my stay here. My lodge was wonderful. I was lucky & got 1 that was really close to the restaurant/reception hub. It was a hot walk so I was glad that it wasn't too far. My bed was very comfy & I had a good sleep. The bathroom facilities were good. Water was heated by solar I think so showers were hot, hot or hot!! If you wanted to cool off then you needed to go to the pool. I only had breakfast in the restaurant. I did do the sunset tour & the sunrise tour to the dunes. These trips were my reason for staying at Sossus Dune Lodge. As we were inside the National Park, it meant that we had a 'head start' to get to the dunes. It was really worth it. The guide was lovely. The pool was a welcome respite from the heat. Happy to recommend.
Written 27 April 2019
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Ann B
Toronto70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 family
Had such fun at this lodge. We enjoy the food, had a great time in the pool. The view from our room was amazing.
Written 22 April 2019
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AlohaUncleSam
137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 couples
Second time here. Reason: Only lodge in the park. That's why you can drive to the dunes before the crowds (before the gates open) and avoid the whole rush. It's absolutely worth it. The houses are very well furnished and very large. Private terrace with a view of the desert. Absolute silence. Restaurant and pool area not particularly inviting. Restaurant staff still very demotivated and unfriendly, just like last time. Food below average. Tip: If you go to the dunes early in the morning, drive yourself. Park there and take the shuttle through the deep sand. It's better not to take a breakfast bag from the hotel. It's better to have breakfast in the restaurant at the gate on the way home, which is super tasty and served by friendly staff.
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Written 15 May 2024
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Amandine B
Lille44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
The essential asset of this hotel is its location: in the heart of the Sossusvlei National Park, it allows you to enjoy the sunrises/sunsets at the top of the dunes, before the park opens to the public. The rooms all overlook the desert: a change of scenery and calm guaranteed. We were lucky enough to have our lodge opposite the small waterhole, and were able to see oryx there at sunset. We were made very welcome, the rooms are spacious and clean. A guide allowed us to follow him to get to Bid Daddy early one morning, including doing the last 5 km on a sandy track. Points to improve : - T° in the room: we were cold (winter) - Breakfast is very basic. It deserves a little more variety and quality. - The service at the restaurant is a little long. - Paid WiFi (100 NAD for 700 MB), slow network, and only usable at the restaurant and reception. - The pool (we didn't use it, as the water was cold) was quite small, and had a few sun loungers. However, I recommend this hotel, because it is one of the only ones that is inside the Sossusvlei park
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Written 20 August 2023
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