Hoodia Desert Lodge
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Hoodia Desert Lodge
Located just 20-minutes from the gateway to Sossusvlei, Hoodia Desert Lodge is a beautiful lodge set in the Namib Desert. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Hoodia offers guests a tranquil stay in a stunning setting.
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 coloured 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 organise ballooning trips.
Miles McConnell (Staff)
Hoodia Desert Lodge is the one of the best places to explore Sossusvlei from. Far enough to be away from the crowds but not too far as to make exploring the dead Vlei and Dune 45 a challenge.
The rooms are all spacious with indoor and out door showers that have stunning views of the mountains rising up in front of you. The dry river bed that runs in front of camp is also well worth exploring as it plays host to a wonderful range of desert adapted plants and wildlife.
Hot Air Ballooning - Sossusvlei
Enjoy the rocky landscape and sand dunes of Sossusvlei from above, soar over the Namib Desert as the landscape changes colour as the sun rises. What better way to view them than from above, drifting gently in a hot air balloon?
Red Dunes and Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei
On the edge of the Namib-Naukluft are the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, a dune sea slowly marching towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Okonjima
from £4500 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- We’ve carefully selected the best of Namibia, always putting you in the prime location; from boutique hotels in the centre of town to rustic tented lodges where there’s nothing but epic landscapes and endless skies.
- Set your own pace as you drive across the desert, having your own car means you choose where you want to stop, perhaps to capture the sweeping views on a road trip that’s just a little bit extra.
- Live the action on this exhilarating journey, packed with activities that immerse you in adventure.
Location & directions
Hoodia Desert Lodge is located in Namibia's Namib-Naukluft National Park, just 22km from Sesriem, the gateway into Sossusvlei.
How to get there
Windhoek Airport (10-hour international flight) is the closest international airport. From here you can take a light aircraft flight (1-hour) to the Lodge. Alternatively, it is a 6-hour drive from Windhoek.
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