Surrounded by rugged mountains and the magical sand dunes of the Namib Desert, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is the ultimate escape. An oasis of peace and comfort in the midst of the world’s oldest desert, the Lodge offers a cosy and comfortable refuge in the vastness of this strange and beautiful land.
Cradled against ancient mountains, the ten stone and glass desert villas of &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge blend the grandeur and solitude of the Namib with sophisticated elegance and comfort. Cool, minimalist interiors echo the spaciousness and stark elegance of the outdoors. Massive windows open up onto the endless plains, framed in the background by the ever-changing colours of the dunes. A glazed glass skylight above the king sized bed lets in the blazing beauty of a clear night sky crammed with stars and a spotting scope in each suite reveals clear details of both stars and wildlife.
Cool spring water from an underground spring feeds the refreshing lodge pool, while a wine cellar provides an intimate dinning location. Dune dinners in dramatic desert locations reveal the wonders of the open spaces and the mysteries of the star strewn skies are unlocked by a resident astronomer at the lodge’s state-of-the-art observatory.
One of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic landscapes and rocky mountains. The largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 180 000 hectares of this unspoiled desert wilderness.
Known as ‘The Living Desert’, the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils, golden moles and other creatures, all leaving their tell-tale tracks in the fine sand. The plains and dry watercourses harbour oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, termite-eating aardwolf and African wildcat. More than 114 bird species can be seen in the desert skies. The fascinating desert-adapted wildlife, combined with the endless space, utter tranquillity and extraordinary light, make this one of Africa’s most compelling natural wonders.
Namibia is an ideal self-drive destination, although distances between major centres are considerable. The lodge can be reached by two-wheel drive vehicle on good roads. The travelling distance is 380 km from Swakopmund and 360 km from Windhoek.
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A number of airlines operate frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay. Scheduled charter flights operate to the Sossusvlei airstrip, where guests are warmly welcomed and driven to the lodge, a mere six minutes away.
Weather & climate
Daytime summer temperatures can rise to 42°C and drop to around 18°C at night. Winter days are sunny and mild to warm, with temperatures of about 32°C, which may drop as low as 5°C at night. Rainfall occurs mainly in summer (from January to March) and varies from less than 50 mm along the coast to 350 mm in the central region.
The currency is Namibian dollar, which is equivalent in value to the South African rand and rand are widely accepted.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels. Most South African banks have Namibian branches and South African travellers should be able to use their ATM cards to make withdrawals, although withdrawal limits may vary from those they are accustomed to.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders travelling to Namibia do not require a visa.
Travellers to Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of travel and should have at least two blank pages available in their passport.