Sossusvlei Dune Lodge

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stamp3Why photographers love Sossusvlei Dune Lodge

Set in the Namib-Naukluft Park within 45 kilometres of the dune fields of Sossusvlei, this is the only lodge that allows pre-dawn access to the dunes, which is essential for photographers wanting to make use of the best light.

Photographers look for

  • The stark trees at Deadvlei for bucket-list pictures
  • The highest dune fields in the world, rising up to 450 metres
  • The lake at Sossusvlei after heavy rains
  • Oryx dwarfed by the dunes
  • Balloon and fixed-wing aircraft
  • Beetles on the dunes and possibly snakes

How we rate Sossusvlei Dune Lodge

Landscapes  starstarstarstarstar
Wildlife  starstar
Lodge  starstar
Dining  starstar
Vehicles  starstarstar
Guides  starstar

Sossusvlei Dune Lodge at a glance

  • 25 suites connected by boardwalks
  • Large restaurant with mediocre atmosphere
  • Attractive swimming pool
  • 220 volt charging in rooms

Exploring the area

Sossusvlei Dune Lodge lies in the southern part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, home to the largest mobile dune fields in the world. (Big Daddy, at 450 metres, is the world’s highest dune.) It’s about 40 kilometres from the lodge to the heart of the dunes along a road that follows the dry courses of the Kuiseb and Koichab rivers. Oryx are often seen on the roadside. Travel this road at sunrise or sunset to enjoy the changing colours. Spend a morning or evening at Deadvlei, which is a dry pan with angular dead trees that are great photographic models. Deadvlei, which is a 15-minute walk from the 4×4 car park, can become very busy, so get there before sunrise or after sunset, when the park is not open to other guests. Sossusvlei has less to offer photographers but is dramatic when it fills with water after heavy rains. During the heat of the day a visit to Sesriem is an option. A canyon carved out of the rocks, Sesriem is within walking distance of the lodge.

The seasons

  • The desert light is best from March to July.
  • November to April is very hot, with the skies offering excellent cloud formations.

Getting there

  • Flights to and from Windhoek take 40 minutes; by road it’s a four-hour drive.

What Sossusvlei Dune Lodge costs

  • Contact Photos and Africa for rates and offers

Photographers need to know

  • The government-owned Namibia Wildlife Resorts owns the camp and the food and service are not on par with nearby privately run camps.
  • It’s best to travel with a private vehicle; if driving yourself, make sure you use a 4×4 to reach the dunes.
  • The best light is before sunrise and after sunset, so set off for the dunes an hour and a half before dawn with a packed breakfast. During the middle of the day you can head for the pool.

The good news

The lodge is built in an environmentally sensitive manner to blend with the surroundings.