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Desert Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Breathtaking desert location
- Close to Sossusvlei entrance
- Communal bomas and Braai facilities
- Taleni Africa Portfolio

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Overview

Occupying an exquisite location on the edge of the Namib, Desert Camp lies just 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, southern Namibia. Situated in its own 40,000 hectare private reserve, a stay here affords guests panoramic desert views stretching out to a mountainous horizon, along with opportunities to see oryx, antelope, and a plethora of birds.

A self-catering accommodation, the camp has limited but well maintained communal facilities. Tented buildings surround a patio, in which a good-sized pool provides escape from the desert heat. To one side a small, shaded bar features a big-screen TV. Two bomas allow groups to share a traditional ‘Braai’ BBQ around a fire, and both cooking and washing up facilities are available. ‘Braai’ packs and other food supplies may be ordered from the main desk, for next-day delivery and guests can either utilise their own self-catering kitchen, or request chef-cooked meals. The nearby Sossusvlei Lodge, also belonging to the Taleni Africa portfolio, provides more elaborate breakfasts and evening meals. Coupon access WiFi is available in the main areas.

The accommodation consists of twenty separate self-catering units, which are primarily canvas, with adobe walls. Inside they are clean, spacious, and comfortable, with twin beds, an ensuite shower, and a separate toilet. A fan is provided, though the heat can be intense in summer. A small kitchenette with stove and fridge sits in the entranceway, and cooking utensils and cutlery are available at additional cost from the main desk, as well as firewood and firelighters should guests wish to use their own private braai area. Each unit has a shaded veranda which houses a picnic table and parking space. The units are well-spaced out, allowing privacy and intimacy amidst the gorgeous desert surroundings. Two of the units are wheelchair accessible.

Activities centre around exploring the breath-taking Sossusvlei, located nearby. Here, dramatic red dunes wall white salt and clay pans, from which the trunks of dead trees protrude. Photography opportunities abound, although as the camp sits outside the park, arriving before sunrise is unfortunately not possible. The activities desk at Sossusvlei Lodge can arrange guided Sossusvlei tours, as well as hot air ballooning, star gazing, and sundowner trips, and the nearby Sesriem canyon makes for a geologically fascinating day trip.

There are no age restrictions at Desert Camp and families are more than welcome. Each accommodation unit features a double fold-out sleeper couch, where up to two children under twelve can be accommodated free of charge, making Desert Camp a great option for adventurous families who enjoy camping in the great outdoors. Activities such as quad biking and archery are available to book at Sossusvlei Lodge, and are sure to entertain youngsters. Note that the pool is unfenced and unguarded, so parental supervision is recommended at all times.

Desert Camp is perfect for independent travellers keen for a more rustic and intimate experience of the Namib desert, explored from comfortable and affordable accommodation in a beautiful setting.

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  • We had the most amazing time. It exceeded all my hopes of what the trip would be. The guides, the hotels - everything was of such a wonderful quality. Thank you for organizing everything. I will absolutely recommend Tourdust and use you again.

    MissingClaudia L reviewing Luxury Desert Holiday on 11 January 2024

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    We are already planning a trip to Vietnam next year

    MissingKate B reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 10 January 2024

  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

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