Hoodia Desert Lodge
Hoodia Desert Lodge opened in 2008, making it one of the newest lodges in Namibia's Namib-Naukluft National Park and has 11 thatched cottages. Hoodia is an easy 22km drive to Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.
At a Glance
Head out before dawn to watch the sun rise over the Sossusvlei
Enjoy the great hospitality of owner/managers Thomas and Henreza Becker
Soak up the stunning scenery of this wild and remote corner of Namibia
Enjoy a Namibian sunset with a cold glass of wine from the privacy of your verandah
You'll never have heard silence like you can experience here
Named after a flowering cactus, Hoodia Desert Lodge is set in a stunning location at the foot of mountains overlooking the Tsauchab River, and backed by plains that seem to go on forever. The atmosphere of the lodge is calm and peaceful, and the added touches of luxury make this an excellent place to stay to explore this region of Namibia.
There are 11 well-spaced, tented bungalows are set below the towering mountains. Each has an en-suite bathroom, plus an open-air bath and shower, and a shaded veranda. Inside, windows on three sides of the bedroom admit plenty of light and afford superb scenic views from the bed. The décor is in warm shades of brown with brightly colored curtains, while facilities include a tea- and coffee-making station, air conditioning, a minibar and a safe, as well as mosquito nets over the beds. All the bungalows face either the river or the plains and far mountains, perfect for watching the sunset.
There is a stylish lounge built under thatch that doubles as a reception area, and an outdoor swimming pool set in a raised deck and sculpted into natural rock. Down a few steps from the lounge is the spacious restaurant, with wooden chairs and tables arranged around a large central fireplace that's doubles as a braai in summer, and glass doors and windows allowing views of the surrounding mountains. The restaurant offers superb traditional and international cuisine accompanied by a wide selection of South African wines. The service is great and attentive staff are on hand to advise on the best wine to suit your meal. The outside terrace looks out over the Tsauchab River, and is a good spot for birdwatching – as well as for sundowners or drinks after dinner.
Hoodia Desert Lodge offers a range of activities, including hiking, excursions to Sossusvlei, sundowner drives and scenic drives, and the lodge can organize ballooning trips.
Location & Directions
Hoodia Desert Lodge is located in Namibia's Namib-Naukluft National Park, just 22km from Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.
When to go
If you're visiting Sossusvlei, the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May and September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.