&BEYOND SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE – SOSSUSVLEI

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is set amidst an ocean of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains, of the private &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve which borders the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

The tranquillity and extraordinary clarity of light makes this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. The night skies are heavenly, with the concession bordering the International Dark Sky Reserve of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Sustainability and uncompromised luxury go hand in hand at Sossusvlei and the 10 beautifully appointed stone and glass suites open onto ever-changing outlooks.

There is lots to do in and around the lodge – from visiting Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft National Park, exploring the ecology of the nearby dunes, visiting the many examples of San rock art and night drives in the desert to stargazing, balloon safaris, ebiking, hiking, quad biking or simply relaxing at the lodge’s spa.

LOCATION
The lodge is located in the &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve bordering the NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia.

Access is via a 1hr 15min fixed wing or a 1hr 30min helicopter flight from Windhoek, followed by a short 10min road transfer to the lodge. Alternatively, if driving it is advisable to use a 4×4 vehicle during the rainy season, from November to May. The lodge is a 400km drive from Windhoek and a 380km drive from Swakopmund on good quality gravel roads.

LODGE

Designed to capture the solitude of the desert – just ten stone and glass suites spread out along the curve of the escarpment allowing absolute privacy. Each air-conditioned glass-fronted suite is designed to complement the expansive views of the different habitats, perfectly framed from the spacious internal areas. Featuring a private veranda, bedroom with retractable skylights for in-bed stargazing, a living room with a fireplace, an ensuite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower offering 180º views, and a perfectly positioned private plunge pool for some sublime respite after a long day in the desert heat.

All suites include star-viewing skylights, discrete music systems and customised personal bars. One of the most innovative features of the accommodation design is the way in which the extremes of the natural environment are harnessed to create energy and recycle wastewater. Each suite is like its own solar power plant, producing enough energy to not only power the air conditioning and all the super-comforts of a luxury lodge, but also the water treatment and recycling systems.

The Star Dune Suite creates an ideal family environment or an ideal option for groups of friends the Star Dune Suite consists of two suites linked by a covered walkway with a private lounge and dining space.

All suites include star-viewing skylights, discrete music systems and customised personal bars. One of the most innovative features of the accommodation design is the way in which the extremes of the natural environment are harnessed to create energy and recycle wastewater. Each suite is like its own solar power plant, producing enough energy to not only power the air conditioning, and all the super-comforts of a luxury lodge, but also the water treatment and recycling systems.

The split-level guest area is an inspired masterpiece of glass, rock and steel. Large glass panels fold away to reveal unobstructed desert vistas. Features include a central-island bar, comfortable sitting room, walk-in cellar, interactive kitchen and rim-flow pool, numerous shaded, private spaces, a sunrise-view gym and sunset-facing wellness centre which offers both a treatment room with a private spa-bath, and a separate wet-room spa. The lodge’s Signature Shop showcases Namibia’s finest crafts.

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ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE

The Namib Desert is a landscape of seemingly endless spaces, profound tranquillity and extraordinary light. One of the most spectacular areas on earth this pristine desert wilderness is one of Africa’s most compelling natural regions. Defined by infinite horizons, striking landscapes and craggy mountain heights, &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve is a 12 715-hectare private concession of iconic dunes and arid desert in this vast place of nothingness.

The spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna are part of the Namib Sand Sea which is the biggest dune field south of the Sahara. Towering over a vast dry pan these lofty dunes, shaped by sands millions of years old, are among the highest in the world. Known as the Living Desert the dunes of the Namib abound with wildlife and over 114 bird species.

Sossusvlei Excursion – this half-day morning adventure takes you into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Learn about the ecosystem, Aeolian geological processes, walk to Deadvlei and climb a sand dune, and for the fit and adventurous conquer the towering Big Daddy.

Living Dunes – set out to the dunes on the reserve where the story of the desert’s ecology is written in the sand. Explore the dunes on foot or by quad bike with a specialist guide who will uncover the secrets of the dunes.

Desert People – step back in time and bring to life the history of the area and its people. Follow your expert guide into the untamed Namib Desert scattered with San rock art and explore heritage sites and gain an insight into the San people.

Desert Rock – explore the unique landscape on this fascinating geological excursion in a vehicle and on foot. View the varied topography, exposed due to the upliftment events after the continent of Gondwana split into Africa and South America. Observe young geology in action as the dunes shape the landscape.

Desert Drive – be mesmerised by the magnificence of the desert on morning or late afternoon desert drives that continue after nightfall. Explore four different habitat types and ecosystems. Learn about fairy circles, how deserts are formed and function, and how animals have adapted to this desolate environment.

Big Dune Walk – enjoy this exclusive experience at &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve, the only private reserve featuring the iconic star dunes of Namibia. Take the time to appreciate your surrounds and tuck into a delicious picnic breakfast.

Stargazing – Sossusvlei neighbours Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve which has also been awarded Gold Tier status declaring it an environment with little to no impact from artificial light. Get a closer look at the night sky from the sophisticated observatory with resident astronomer and state-of-the-art telescope.

E-biking – traverse the stark beauty and vast expanse on an e-bike. Easy to ride and super fun these nifty bicycles are fitted with a battery-powered ‘assist’ that gives a boost via a throttle when pedalling.

Hiking – explore the lodge surrounds on foot and take the time to sit in the stillness and be enchanted by the views. There are two defined hiking trails, a 2.2km (1.4mi) or a 3.4km (2.1mi) route waiting to be explored.

WILDChild programme – &Beyond’s WILDChild programme is designed especially for children visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa and is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Deeply rooted in the love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people.

Healing Earth Wellness Treatments – indulge in a relaxing African spa treatment (available at an additional cost)

Hot Air Ballooning – float over the spectacular scenery surrounding the lodge in the company of other guests. The balloons are unable to fly over the Namib sand dunes; however, you will still be treated to awe-inspiring views (available at an additional cost)

Scenic Helicopter Flight | Scenic Desert Flight – take off from nearby the lodge and soar over the vast expanse of the desert for an approximately 60-minute helicopter flight. Hover over jagged mountain tops that emerge from the iconic Namib dunes, white mineral pans, rocky outcrops and unique fauna and flora. Be captivated as you fly over a landscape that has remained unchanged for millions of years (available at an additional cost)

Scenic Helicopter Flight | Namib Dune Photographic Flight – photographers will enjoy this 90-minute photographic flight showcasing the best of the Namib Desert. This flight extends to the ocean where the red dune belt drops 152m into the sea. Observe a seal colony at Black Rock and fly with doors off allowing you to capture red dunes, resident desert-adapted wildlife, rocky mountains and sandy plains. This experience includes a stopover in the dunes to enjoy a glass of champagne (available at an additional cost)

Scenic Helicopter Flight | Scenic Coastal Flight – experience the desert from above on a 2.5 hour helicopter flight. Fly over the Devil’s Fork dune formation and soar past the gnarled, twisted trees of Deadvlei. Continue until you hit the coast where the dunes fringe the sea, turn north from Meob Bay and follow the shoreline towards the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck. Enjoy a champagne stop and head home with views of Witberg Mountain (available at an additional cost)

Scenic Dunes Flight – take off from near &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and soar over the vast expanse of the desert for a 45 min helicopter flight. Hover over jagged mountain tops that emerge from the shifting Namib dunes flying over a landscape that has remained unchanged for millions of years (available at an additional cost)

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GIVING BACK

Sustainable design solutions allow for state-of-the-art water saving mechanisms, water harvesting and recycling systems and photovoltaic power generation in every room. Each building is like its own solar power plant, producing enough energy to not only power the air conditioning and all the typical comforts of a luxury lodge but also the water treatment and recycling systems.

By bottling water on site and using recycled glass bottles &Beyond Sossusvlei saves a significant amount of CO2 per month absorbing the carbon footprint of the plastic water delivery truck. At 100% occupancy, the lodge would have consumed thousands of plastic water bottles per month.

All cleaning products used at &Beyond Sossusvlei are environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable.

&BEYOND SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDREN AGED 0 – 5 YEARS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON LODGE ACTIVITIES AND ADDITIONAL DESERT DRIVES MAY BE REQUESTED FOR CHILDREN AGED 3 TO 5 YEARS

CHILDREN AGED 6 – 15 YEARS ARE PERMITTED ON LODGE ACTIVITIES EXCLUDING THE USE OF QUAD BIKES ON THE DESERT SPIRIT EXPERIENCE (6-12 YEARS AT THE LODGE MANAGER’S DISCRETION)

CHILDREN AGED 16 YEARS AND OLDER ARE PERMITTED ON QUAD BIKES AS PART OF THE DESERT SPIRIT EXPERIENCE

CHILDMINDING IS AVAILABLE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

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Call +44 1386 830264 or Email [email protected]

Our expert staff are on-hand, happy to assist with any enquiry you have.

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