Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem canyon

Appropriate for this vast country with its epic landscapes (its number-one tourist attraction) Sossusvlei still manages to feel isolated. The dunes, appearing other-worldly at times, especially when the light hits them just so near sunrise, are part of the 32,000-sq-km sand sea that covers much of the region.

The dunes reach as high as 325m, and are part of one of the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth. However, the landscape here is constantly changing – wind forever alters the shape of the dunes, while colours shift with the changing light, reaching the peak of their brilliance just after sunrise.

The gateway to Sossusvlei is Sesriem (Six Thongs), which was the number of joined leather ox-wagon thongs necessary to draw water from the bottom of the nearby gorge. Sesriem remains a lonely and far-flung outpost, home to little more than a petrol station and a handful of tourist hotels and lodges.

Our partner properties in Sossusvlei

Luxury lodges in Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Set amidst an ocean of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains, the utter tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light makes this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. The night skies are heavenly, a canvas of beauty that invites re-connection with yourself and nature.

Little Kulala

Little Kulala

Situated on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Kulala Desert Lodge lies within easy reach of the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei. The lodge boasts 23 thatch and canvas kulalas with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas. Each villa boasts a viewing deck on the flat rooftop.

Desert Homestead Outpost

Desert Homestead Outpost

Deep in the 7000 ha nature reserve of Desert Homestead Lodge, adjoining the ‘Namib Sand Sea‘, the Outpost opens its gates and offers relaxed hospitality with a natural atmosphere. On the wide open plains there are often cheetahs to observe, roaming the endless grasslands.

Wolwedans Private Camp

Wolwedans Private Camp

Situated in a quiet and idyllic valley, this splendid Suite caters for six (6) guests exclusively. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude. Private Camp offers six beds with three spacious en-suite rooms.

The Dunes Camp

The Dunes Camp

The Dune Camp provides a more down-to-earth, yet stylish, experience. Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, the Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 16 guests in a totally pristine setting. The tents are pitched on wooden platforms and are comfortable and spacious.

Boulders Safari Camp

Boulders Safari Camp

Boulders sleeps a maximum of ten guests in five spacious tents. The main area consists of a dining and lounge tent, a breakfast deck, library, pool and an open fireplace. Sundowners can be enjoyed from the top of a mountainous rock plateau close by, delivering epic impressions.

The Mountain View Villa

The Mountain View Villa

The private villa is located within walking distance from the Dunes Lodge, yet it is secluded, allowing guests to spend time in a homely and stylish atmosphere. Consisting of a spacious en-suite bedroom, the Suite enables guests to enjoy the view of their private dune valley to the fullest.

Dunes Lodge

Dunes Lodge

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Perfect mid-range lodge for an intimate family experience. The camp comprises 23 thatched and canvas tents, each built on a wooden platform, with a flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. The main area includes a pool and wraparound veranda overlooking a waterhole.