- 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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Thanks for getting in touch. We had a great time in Namibia, in no particular order, some thoughts:
Oberland Lodge was the accommodation we liked the most: well designed, privacy, good setting, convenient, good food.
Etendeka Mountain Lodge was stunning, in terms of setting, and the tents were the most high end tents I’ve ever stayed in. Dennis shared some spectacular views of the night sky through his telescope which was really interesting.
All our guides were good, professional, knowledgeable, personable. Can’t praise them enough.
A highlight was the catamaran tour, both our boys had this as their top excursion I think. I’d have preferred a tour with a few less people but not a big issue.
Sossusvlei was one of my highlights, climbing the dunes was good. Actually, across the whole holiday, I’d have liked to have done more hiking / walking safaris but that’s probably down to my planning.
Mushara Lodge had excellent service and the staff performed a few African songs after dinner one night, which was lovely. The lodge itself could do with a refresh, in terms of physical product.
The Elegant Guest House was clean and comfortable. And nicely close to Joe’s Beerhouse. Plus it had the best wifi and so a hit with the kids.
The car we got (Toyota Hilux) was excellent, I’m trying to find an excuse to buy a one.
The Cornerstone Guesthouse was probably the least glamourous place we stayed (it was all clean and safe though) but actually the two owners (I forget their names now) gave some of the best/friendliest service.
Logistically everything went off without a hitch, guides showed up on time, all the accommodation was right and they were expecting us. We had some requirements around our son’s medication being refrigerated, everyone was very helpful with this.
I’ll let Sarah chime in with anything I missed and at some stage I think we’ll be in touch about a trip to Botswana Or maybe Peru.
All the best,
Philip A reviewing Highlights of Namibia - Classic Self Drive on 28 July 2022
The trip was fantastic thanks. difficult to really make any suggestions for changes.
Everything ran smoothly from a logistics point of view and all food and accommodation was great. The owner of Pure Riads came and introduced himself while he was visiting and made some recommendations for restaurants etc.
The mountain guide picked the ideal route for our level and was very informative on the journey.
On the return airport pickup from Marrakesh, we initially didn't see the transfer bus and the local contact mobile number did not appear to be in service which might be worth checking but it was no issue as the driver spotted us.
My wife is already dreaming of her next trip with a different group of friends so no doubt I'll be in touch
Chris B reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek - Value on 27 July 2022
Finally arrived back in Sydney yesterday after a great trip. We all enjoyed Morocco immensely and your organisation was top notch. Some highlights were;
Essaouira, really enjoyed this town and a great introduction to Morocco for us with a more relaxed vibe. The riad we stayed in was fabulous and the female manager Hyat (probably misspelled) couldn't of been more helpful with both suggestions of things to do, places to see and restaurants to eat at. A very friendly team in general and a lovely lady.
The High Atlas, again a real highlight despite the issues with early season snow & ice. The guest house in Imlil was great with again a very friendly owner who was keen to provide as much assistance as possible. The changes to our itinerary were well handled and in the case of the extra night at basecamp post climbing Mt Toubkal, worked in our favour. Only 3 of our group managed the climb due to the icy conditions and those of us who did the summit day needed crampons which were provided free of charge. We were the first group camping at basecamp that year and our preference to do so was accepted without complaint. The only issue I might raise was the lack of anything to sit on in camp, though I guess using the sleeping mats is closer to the Berber tradition. I brought my own mat along which was a good option. Our guide Mohammed was great and really helped us to adapt to the altitude despite some sickness amongst the group. He also managed to get us all through some very difficult ice & snow conditions, putting his body on the line on several occasions when people went flying out of control. This was both on summit day and the prior day when he had to contend with all 6 of us. The food was also excellent and the cook very friendly despite limited English. The whole team worked very well together.
The desert camp was a real experience and very luxurious. Sundowners up on the dunes, the dinners & facilities available and the camel ride were highlights. A long drive was well split by our stays at the Kasbahs which were both fabulous & highly recommended. Hassan & his offsider Khalid were good drivers, friendly and helped us enjoy the whole experience. The excursions along the way were also excellent. The full second day at the desert camp was maybe too much with very high temperatures but they moved us to another cooler camp with shade & more basic facilities during the middle of the day. Again I guess we really got to experience the full nomad lifestyle with a long hiatus during the hottest part of the day.
Marrakesh, again an excellent riad with a nice meal the first night. Good location, very friendly staff and a lovely place to retire to after a day exploring. A very interesting & bustling town.
Chefchaouen, what a wonderful place to spend some time. Another exceptional riad with some great facilities with a perfect location. Again staff were exceptionally friendly & helpful and the city was an absolute pleasure to explore. We all loved this extension & Mustafa our driver was exceptionally helpful as well. We decided to do some trekking 1 day in the nearby Rif Mountains and he was only too happy to drive us there & back through some amazing scenery. He was always concerned for our welfare and even came up to check on us while we were out exploring Chefchaouen.
Tangier, an interesting city and once again the place we stayed was exceptional with a very friendly & helpful French Canadian hostess. The town was a bit more touristy with some issues with touts, 2 nights were enough. Mustafa got us to the ferry up the coast in plenty of time.
A great trip overall and one that we all enjoyed immensely. Thanks for all your organisation & efforts especially after all the Covid delays and civil war made our trip to Ethiopia impossible.
Chris S reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 27 July 2022