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Desert Homestead Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Stunning panoramic views
- Affordable yet stylish lodging
- Guided horse riding safaris

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Overview

Desert Homestead Lodge sits in a grassy valley to the south of the Namib Naukluft National Park, central Namibia. Sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft mountains, and with the dunes of the Namib desert rising to the west, the lodge offers stunning panoramic views, with oryx and springbok commonly sighted at the adjacent waterhole. The lodge provides a relaxing stay in unpretentious and secluded farm-style accommodation. Great service, excellent value and a stunning location near to Sossusvlei and Sesriem will make for a unique and memorable stay.

The lodge offers warm and traditional farmhouse hospitality, with recently renovated eco-friendly energy facilities. The spacious main areas have cream walls, exposed brick and beams, and large windows overlooking the plains. The lodge has a comfortable and unpretentious feel, with large leather sofas in the lounge where guests can enjoy all-day tea and coffee, and home-made cakes in the afternoon. Stools line the bar, and restaurant-style dining can be enjoyed on the lantern-lit veranda on warm evenings, or beside the dining room fire when the nights are colder. The partially shaded sun deck features sun-loungers and a large pool overlooking the watering hole. Complimentary WiFi is available in the main areas, a safety deposit box is available at reception, and there is shaded parking to avoid vehicles over-heating. It is not possible to park directly alongside individual rooms, but guests with large luggage will be assisted by staff.

The accommodation comprises twenty thatched chalets; nineteen twin and one family unit. The décor is simple but stylish, with white linen sheets warmed by beige soft-furnishings and wooden features. The bedrooms are somewhat cosy in size, but a decent-sized en-suite bathroom and private shaded veranda expands the feel of each bungalow. All chalets contain air conditioning, mosquito nets, and a tea and coffee station. A laundry service is available at additional cost.

Desert Homestead Lodge provides an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, and specialises in horseback riding. Excellent instructors offer a variety of rides catering to different experience levels, ranging from beautiful sunrise or sundowner trips, to five-day treks into the mountains. Although wildlife beyond the abundant oryx can be sparse, and there may be little carnivore action, nature and game drives are available, along with self-hikes, guided walks, and hot air ballooning, all of which combine to provide superb opportunities to take in the breath-taking scenery. Trips to the striking white clay pans and towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei can be also organised, with unbeatable photography opportunities, particularly at sunrise.

Although there are no activities catering specifically to children, children of all ages are welcome. There is one chalet perfect for families, with a master double room and a twin room connected by a shared bathroom along with a separate lounge area. In addition, one of the standard units houses a window seat in the bedroom which can be converted into a bed for a young child, and cots are available on request. Although rarely visited by dangerous animals, parental supervision is essential at all times, since both the lodge and pool are unfenced.

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    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
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