- Secluded desert location, great views
- Characterful, comfy & friendly lodge
- Informative Sossusvlei dune visits
- Swimming pool
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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019