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“Disney meets the desert.”
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Sossusvlei Lodge
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

This lodge is just outside the entrance to the national park and is therefore very convenient for an early start on the dunes. But beyond that its not got a huge amount to recommend it. The architecture is quirkly at best and distinctly odd at worst. This is exampled in the accomodation; part room part tent. The view across the plain is uninspiring but they have done their best to attract some game to the waterhole and there were plenty of birds around. The food was equally uninspiring – a bbq buffet where the meat is copious but overly marinated and the vegetables over cooked and warm at best. Expensive – but then there aren't many other options this close to Sossuvlei. And that's why people come.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Taleni A, Manager at Sossusvlei Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2011

So sorry we could not meet your requirement with our very unique style, which by chance, happens to blend in perfectly well with the surrounding beautiful nature. This is the art of brilliant architecture combined with eco-friendliness for which we have won several awards. Some 98% of our approximately 30,000 guests per annum have only high regard for our lovely lodge, its excellent service and its renowned buffet meals! The guest book entries and their repeat visits are testimony to this. At the same token we are aware that tastes and likes differ, which is perfectly acceptable. We thank you for your comment and wish you happy travels henceforth.

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Always want to stay longer. Fantastic location right next door to entrance to the National Park - the 60 kilometre drive to Sossusvlei. Fabulous rooms, bedroom walls constructed in canvas gives a real feel of being out in the bush, but with all the trimmings. Great bathroom with a good shower. Outdoor/indoor dining (your choice) with a gourmet selection whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wonderful bar area to sit and relax - beer on tap. Try a rock shandy! Activities centre well appointed. All staff very friendly and welcoming. Boxed lunch/breakfast available on request to take down with you to Sossusvlei. Secure undercover parking. Fuel station opposite. Internet only available at the fuel station.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Taleni A, Manager at Sossusvlei Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Hi BongoBickford,

Thank you for your wonderful review!

We are looking forward to welcome you back at Sossusvlei Lodge in due course.

Best wishes,

The Sossusvlei Lodge Team

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Reviewed 4 November 2011

I agree w/ the previous reviewer. We too had a terrible accident while driving a 2wd on the gravel roads 12km from the lodge. I highly recommend a 4wd as the roads are quite treacherous. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured and lodge staff picked us up on site.

All in all, the facilities and staff went beyond expectations.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Taleni A, Guest Relations Manager at Sossusvlei Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Dear jcsuffer,

We are pleased to hear that you, your wife and the little one arrived home safely.

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to have you visit us again in future.

Our regards to your wife and lovely little daughter.

May you keep well,

Christelle
GUEST RELATIONS MANAGER
Sossusvlei Lodge

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Reviewed 16 October 2011

The lodge is very well run by a super-efficient manager, Karl-Heinz, who rescued us after we had a horror crash off the gravel approach road (I would recommend only driving there in a 4x4 and taking it VERY cautiously unless you want to bounce upside down twice as we did in our destroyed VW Polo hire car). The lodge looked lovely for those that can afford to stay in style and has a good early morning guided tour of the dunes. We stayed in the lodge's sister accommodation, Desert Camp, which had excellent tented 'rooms' with wonderful views that were good value. We trotted over to the lodge for dinner twice and the steaks were the best we had in our entire month in Africa in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, real melt-in-the-mouth medium rare stuff. If you're reading this KH, thanks again very much for helping us out in our hour of need!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Taleni A, General Manager at Sossusvlei Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Dear tpsontour, (I did not want to use your real name in order to uphold your privacy)

Thank you for your kind words and I am happy to hear that you both arrived home safely.
It is always our pleasure to assist in situations like these and it is wonderful to know that given the circumstances you still enjoyed your stay with us and the rest of your holiday.

I hope in future you will be visiting us and our beautiful desert again, this time with a 4x4!

Keep well,

Kindest Regards,

Karl Heinz
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Sossusvlei Lodge

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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Stayed three nights at Sossusvlei Lodge during a 16 day Namibia self driving tour arranged by Lily at Cardboard Box Travel Shop (Windhoek). The lodge is in a great location for Sossusvlei park tours and has plenty of amenities. The tent rooms are fantastic with full view of the savanah and surrounding mountain landscape. The staff was very friendly and assisted with anything needed.

Upon checkin we were greeted by Ricky. The lodge was so nice we extended our stay and Ricky easily arranged the changes with Cardboard Box. The next stop was the adventure shop to arrange the tours. Heindrich(?) assisted with arranging the activities. The Desert Air flight piloted by Gerhardt over the desert was one of the highlights (once in a lifetime) of the entire Namibia tour. At dinner the head chef was watching for all our needs and Cecilia provided excellent service along with stories of her local travels. The food was excellent, patio is a dreamy place for dinner and the buffet is not to be missed! Hats off to the Chef and his team.

Overall this is a great lodge and one of the best on the Namibia tour. Well worth staying a few days as the sights in the park are simply amazing.

- Point of view from a luxury USA global traveler (contact me for Namibia questions)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Gate to Sossusvlei entrance Namib Desert, Sesriem 6900, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Sesriem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Sesriem
Price Range: R2 389 - R7 154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sossusvlei Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. The 45 individual accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge are carefully laid out to perfectly blend in with the magnificent surrounding natural environment. Each luxury unit offers a fully air-conditioned bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a patio to enjoy the views of the roaming wildlife and incredible Desert landscapes. Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole. The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions, Sun-downer Trips, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area's natural beauty. ... more   less 
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