- Stunning panoramic views
- Affordable yet stylish lodging
- Guided horse riding safaris
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.
- Isolated yet well-equipped property
- Choice of tents or chalets
- Spectacular desert setting
- Guided tours of Sossusvlei
- Breath-taking location close to Sossusvlei
- Exclusive, luxurious facilities
- Hot air balloon rides
- Wilderness Safari Portfolio
- Stunning scenery, secluded location
- Hiking trails and palaeontological interest
- Swimming pool
- Friendly and down to earth feel
- Mobile Trekking Camp
- Sleep out under the stars
- Stretcher mattresses with Duvet
- Hot bucket shower & open air toilet
- Exquisite desert location
- Luxurious canvas chalets
- Seclusion and tranquility
- Wolwedans Portfolio
- Remote desert location
- Near Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Choose from chalets or tents
- Optional sleep-outs under the stars
- Total privacy and exclusivity
- Stunning desert setting
- Perfect for families or honeymooners
- Wolwedans Portfolio
- Intimate camp
- Spacious, luxurious tents
- Stunning desert landscapes
- Wolwedans Portfolio
- 10 Pitches
- Shared ablutions
- Swimming Pool
- near Solitaire
- 3 Private Pitches
- Private Ablutions
- Wilderness Location
- Secluded and exclusive
- Enchanting setting
- Stunning scenery
- Wolwedans Portfolio
- Hot air ballooning
- Lots of desert activities
- Myriad of game
- Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park
- 25 Chalets
- Swimming pools
- Guided activities available
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It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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