- Secluded desert location, great views
- Characterful, comfy & friendly lodge
- Informative Sossusvlei dune visits
- Swimming pool
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Hoodia Desert Lodge Right is a secluded and independent lodge located on the banks of the Tsauchab River in central Namibia. Surrounded by wide open plains and mountain scenery, this characterful property lies about 20 minutes from the Sesriem gateway to one of Namibia’s top destinations: Sossusvlei, an extensive salt and clay pan known for its dramatic, towering sand dunes. Despite its remote location, the lodge offers plenty of comfort along with sleek service, a good-sized pool, a viewing deck with superb mountain vistas and some highly informative, off-the-beaten-track guided dune tours.
The accommodation comprises 11 chalets which are well spaced out from one another to ensure peace and privacy. All of the chalets are tented and thatched and come with a private outdoor shower and bathtub, an indoor en-suite bathroom, and a shaded deck area. Air conditioning and mosquito nets are provided, along with a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Namib Desert is an expansive coastal desert that stretches for over 2,000 km along the Atlantic coast across three countries. It’s home to some of the driest areas on the planet and is thought by many to be the world’s oldest desert. Despite being very remote, Sossusvlei still attracts many a discerning visitor keen to marvel at the sights and almighty scale of the dunes. These dunes can reach a height of several hundred metres in places and display a vibrant array of colours from red, to pink, to orange. The guided dune tours provided by the lodge focus on areas that are off the beaten track and therefore less frequented by other tourists. The guided visits typically last from before sunrise until about teatime and include 4x4 sightseeing as well as several hikes. Informative lectures about the area’s fascinating geology, history and wildlife are also given throughout the day. It’s also possible to explore the dunes independently if you have your own vehicle, although do bear in mind that some of the more well-trodden roads can be a bit bumpy and tricky to navigate. While the Sossusvlei drives are undoubtedly the highlight of a stay at Hoodia Desert Lodge, there’s also a worthwhile Sun Downer Experience on offer. This is a relaxed drive to a breath-taking viewing point where guests enjoy a private meal of snacks and traditional drinks while taking in the beautiful sunset. Stays at the lodge are on an all-inclusive basis, with two tours included in the rates.
The lodge has a good number of on-site facilities to make use of when not out exploring the local area. There’s a shaded outdoor viewing deck with captivating mountain views, as well as a good-sized swimming pool and a spacious indoor lounge area complete with a fireplace for the colder months. Drinks are served at the bar and there’s a cosy restaurant to dine in. All food is freshly- prepared and plenty of national cuisine is available.
Children aged 12+ are welcome to stay at the lodge, although it does have a fairly adult feel and we tend to recommend it for older families. While there is no designated child activity programme, the pool is great to splash about in between activities.
- Breathtaking desert location
- Close to Sossusvlei entrance
- Communal bomas and Braai facilities
- Taleni Africa Portfolio
- Simple comfortable accommodation
- Good location
- Number of activities available
- Excellent rock art and rock formations
- Peaceful, laidback property
- Stunning mountain backdrop
- 10 chalets, pool, lounge area, bar
- Rare desert adapted elephants
- Innovative architecture
- Local rock art
- Close to famous Twyfelfontein rock carvings
- Beautiful, rugged location
- Namibia Country Lodges portfolio
- Stunning Views
- 25 Bungalows
- Two swimming pools
- Between Etosha & Damaraland
- Spectacular setting with amazing views
- Easy access to rock art at Twyfelfontein
- A chance to see desert-adapted elephant
- Game drives and cultural interaction
- Fantastic cultural activities and ethical tourism
- Mountain landscapes
- locally run
- Rare Rhino tracking
- High concentration of desert adapted wildlife
- Remote and secluded
- Stunning views
- Guided walking trail
- Sleeping under the stars
- Remote location
- Unique experience
- Black Rhino and Desert Elephant tracking
- 100% run by the local community
- Fantastic cultural programme
- Stunning Views
- Stunning isolated setting
- Day and night safaris
- Rhino tracking
- Rare desert-adapted wildlife
Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie
charles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023
Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair
Alistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023
Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
Fiona and Kevin
Fiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023