Insider’s Review of Sossusvlei Lodge
“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.” And just like the young explorer of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s imagination, our discoveries in the Namib Desert are always broadening, enriching…even a tad mind-bending. The swirling, shifting sands of Southern Namibia are well approached from our exceedingly comfy base camp situated near the gate to the famous Namib Nauklauft Park. Welcoming Sossusvlei Lodge occupies pride of place among Africa’s famously haunting red sand dunes, the eerily scorched black trees of Dead Vlei, and the yawning eternal depths of Sesriem Canyon.
From this luxury lodge’s charmed position, we’ll venture forth into the desert via the comfort of all-terrain vehicles and under the careful watch of our experienced Micato Safari Director. From the early morn, perhaps the depths of Sesriem Canyon beckon us into this magnificent natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River. Then, when dune contrasts are at their sharpest, we’ll invariably chart a wily course towards Dune 45. (If you’ve not heard of it, you’ll certainly recognize its handsome curves; this is likely the world’s most photographed dune.) For the fit and fearless, a climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest you’ll find, makes a memorable conquest. The delights of the desert are many – all of it thirst-making stuff – and high on the priority list on return to the luxurious comforts of the camp is Sossusvlei’s splendid Acacia beer garden where Namibia’s German and Afrikaans brewing heritage comes alive in fine, frothy form.