Best places to stay in Sossusvlei

Best Places To Stay In Sossusvlei

Dramatic and iconic; Sossusvlei is probably Namibia's best-known and most stunning attraction. Located in the South-Western part of Namibia within Africa's largest conservation area, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is often referred to as the unmissable attraction of Namibia. It is a large, white, salt and clay pan that is a great destination to visit all year round.

Sossusvlei translates into 'dead-end marsh' because, although it's a drainage basin of the Tsauchab River, there are no outflows from the pan. The convergence of the dunes prevent any outflows forming. In an exceptional rainy season, the pan fills with water which provides 'glass-like' photos that reflect the dunes in the water. Surrounding the basin however, are the world-famous red dunes. These sand dunes are some of the highest in the world, with some reaching up to four-hundred metres which also provide photographic enthusiasts with plenty of photo opportunities, especially at sunrise or sunset.

The activities do not end at just photographing the dunes, a variety of other activities are on offer in the area including climbing the dunes, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and quad buggy nature trails. As well as the iconic dunes, there is a variety of other landscapes and other points of interest around the area. If you are to travel far enough there are The Naukuft Mountains to the South which contain a copious amount of luscious vegetation and are certainly worth discovering. We recommend visiting in between May and October as this is the driest and coolest part of the year which makes exploring easier and more comfortable.

Although located remotely, the lodges near to Sossusvlei still maintain a fantastic level of class and luxury wih the most luxurious being Little Kulala which takes accommodation to another level and is certainly worth visiting. Below are a handful of our favourite lodges in which we would recommend you to stay in.

Little Kulala

Little Kulala is Wilderness Safaris flagship lodge in Sossusvlei. Located only 45 minutes drive from the Sossusvlei Dunes themselves, Little Kulala has the best location of all the dune camps and is unquestionably the most luxurious of all the camps in the region. The eleven rooms all look out towards the red dunes off Sossusvlei and come complete with air con, wall to wall windows, private plunge pools and rooftop star gazing beds. Quite simply, the level accommodation here is in a league of its own.

Kulala Desert Lodge

A good value camp in Sossusvlei - Situated on over 21, 000 hectares of private property and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Kulala Desert Lodge lies in the heart of the Namib and offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei as well as magnificent mountainous scenery and vast open plains.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a fantastic property that carries the high standards we have come to expect from any &Beyond property.  Located a couple of hours drive from the famous Sossusvlei dunes, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located outside of the busier Sossusvlei area and is a great choice for people looking for a quieter experience. The lodges main selling point however is that it is home to the countries best Observatory – nights here are absolutely stunning. A recent refurbishment in 2011 has meant this lodge is looking better than ever.


The Wolwedans Collection is a group of lodges located in a private reserve 3 hours drive South of the Sossusvlei dunes. Home to the original Wolwedans Dune Lodge and Wolwedans Dune Camp, the collection recently built the stunning Boulders Camp and subsequently offers a range of accommodations to suit all budgets. Famous for its approach to sustainable tourism, Wolwedans is one of Namibia’s most impressive private reserves and a company whose ethos others should learn from. Seeing as it is not possible to visit the Sossusvlei Dunes from Wolwedans we often recommend combining Wolwedans with a couple of nights in Sossusvlei itself before retreating to the privacy the collection offers.

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