Namib Desert Lodge

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Kasteelstr 24, PO Box 80205, , Namibia

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    Ddesert Oasis


    The accomodation is basic but quite comfortable. The chalets or bungalows all face outward towards the countryside and offer views.

    We had a noisy cricket in the roof for the first night and hardly slept.

    Unique Quality: There is a nice pool with a garden although this does get a bit busy. Plenty of birdlife to be seen whilst sitting on the patio of the chalet.

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    An Oasis in the desert


    After a dusty, bumpy journey we arrived from Windhoek in the early afternoon. It was pleasant to see this green oasis of the lodge sitting at the foot of an escarpment of petrified sand dunes that glowed a reddy orange in the afternoon sun with yellowed grass savannah spreading out as far as the eye could see! This is Africa!

    After checking in we are shown to our room, which sort of reminds me of an English holiday camp. The bungalows or chalets are set in blocks or the larger ones are individual, all with en-suite bathrooms and a small patio area.

    The lodge itself has a large dining room and the meals are buffet style although starters and desserts are served at the table. The food was plentiful and quite interesting as we had Eland Stroganof the first evening and Oryx Goulash the next. One highlight of the meal was the excellent wine list.

    Next to the dining hall is a large terrace that over looks a waterhole that is floodlit at night, although we didn't see any animals the Namib Desert Lodge also is a game reserve known as the Gondwana Namib Park and has Oryx, Sprinbok and Ostrich.

    The service was good although everyone in our group had a query with their bill when we checked out.

    Integrated with the dining hall is a well stocked bar, also next to the terrace is a tv/games room with pool tables and also conference facilities. This building faces on to a well groomed garden and newly built swimming pool.

    There is also a Curio shop which looked well stocked although we never had time to have a look.

    I would recommend this lodge as for location it is perfect.

    Unique Quality: Although our room was a bit spartan there were newer rooms being built and the new owners were upgrading everything.

    The lodge sits on an underground reservoir so they supply their own water, they also bottle the water which is then sold and money going to conservation.

    The views from the lodge are superb although as I said we looked out at yellow grassy savannah but this was unusual because they had ahd more rain than usual that year so normally you wouldn't have the grass but the red sand like in the desert.

    You can take trails around this area which are safe to walk, they also offer a game drives and as we did a sundowner drive.

    Another good point was the amount of birdlife seen around the lodge. I didn't get to photo all, but I did see Rosyfaced Parrot, Laughing Doves, Crimson breasted Shrike, Bulbuls and Glossy Starlings to name but a few.

    Directions: On the C 19; 70 km north of Sesriem, 30 km south of Solitaire you can't miss it as there is only one road.

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by GitaP about Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge
Laying at the foot of the oldest fossilised dune, 60km north of Sesriem. It has about 60 odd ensuite very comfortable rooms set in gardens. Comparatively cheap in contrast to other close hotels, its a explore the landscape surrounding the lodge, including the mountains and the dunes. The food is terrific and served in a large restaurant. The highlight was sundowners on the dune - providing magical vistas over the surrounding mountains. Great views and fabulous helpful staff

The sky at night

by nigelw6443 about Namib Desert Lodge

There was a bar at the the lodge and a terrace that overlooked a waterhole that was floodlit. A few people stayed at the bar drinking but as we always had an early start we headed to our bungalow early. But for me the night life here is just listening to noise of the animals, birds and bugs. It was a bit disappointing that we had cloud as I was really looking forward to watching the stars. Some lodges had telescopes set up for your viewing!

Bird Watching

by nigelw6443

Bird watching doesn't appeal to everyone but there are instances when even the non-interested will have a look. For example our guide from SWA Safaris, Sylke, pointed out some interesting birds. On our way out to the park she pointed out the nest of the Sociable Weaver Bird this created a lot of interest.

I had mislaid my Birds of Namibia book I bought for the holiday so she helped identify some species like the Pale Chanting Goshawk and when we were in the 4x4 heading to the dune an African Eagle Owl was spotted in a tree , which did hold everyones interest.

I did bring along an LP guide to Wildlife Watching in Southern Africa which did have a limited glossary of birds.

Of course people always notice the colourful birds but usually it is the boring brown ones that are rarer and usually what excites a birdwatcher more.

I took a little walkabout at the Namib Desert Lodge and spotted quite a few species.


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Address: Kasteelstr 24, PO Box 80205, , Namibia