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