Things to See while staying at Sossus Dune Lodge Sossusvlei Namibia
Because Sossus Dune Lodge is situated inside the park at Sossusvlei guests of Sossus Dune Lodge have the added advantage of reaching Sossusvlei before sunrise to witness a kaleidoscope of colours reflecting off the dunes in the early morning light as well as stay well after sunset to be enchanted by a blanket of stars of the southern sky.
Sossusvlei is a region of the southern Namib with homogeneous features extending between Koichab and Kuiseb Rivers. This area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. These dunes are among the highest in the world; with the highest being the Big Daddy, about 380 meters high.
Sesriem Canyon is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River in the local sedimentary rock, about 1 km long and up to 30 meters deep.
Guided Drives and Walks
Sossus Dune Lodge offers professional guided excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem and the surrounding areas, as well as sunset drives and guided walks, to fully unleash the beauty and biological diversity of the desert environment.
Walking & Hiking Travellers can walk directly from Sossus Dune Lodge into the nearby Sesriem Canyon, and there's a mountain behind the lodge that's worth exploring.
Elim Dune It's a short drive to Elim Dune which is very popular one to climb.
Because of it's location inside the park Sossus Dune Lodge is one of the best lodges for self-drive visitors to catch the early morning sunrays on the dunes.
Photography The stunning scenery of the Namib's high red & orange sand dunes in the Naukluft Park is one of the best sights of Southern Africa – it's a 'must see' for all professional and keen photographers.
Dune 45 and the Petrified dunes - Dune 45 is so called because it lies 45 km past Sesriem on the road to Sossusvlei. It is also known as "the most photographed dune in the world"; because of its unusually simple and fascinating shape. Petrified dunes are found in several places in the Sossusvlei area. They are very ancient (billions of years old) red sand dunes that have solidified to rock.
Deadvlei is another popular clay pan, about 2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees; afterwards, the river that watered the oasis changed its course.
Deadvlei pan is thus punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes. This creates a particularly fascinating and surrealistic landscape, that appears in uncountable pictures and that has been used as a setting for films and videos (e.g, The Cell, a Hollywood motion picture starring Jennifer Lopez).
Relaxing at Sossus Dune Lodge
At the end of a long, hot and dusty day, the swimming pool at Sossus Dune Lodge provides guests with the perfect place to cool off while still enjoying the beautiful scenary.
Dining at Sossus Dune Lodge
Sossus Dune Lodge sports a restaurant and bar with a panoramic view of the surrounding rugged landscape. An ‘a La Carte menu caters to all needs.
The wooden walkway that interlinks the chalets leads to a central area, with a restaurant, lounge, bar, sunset deck and swimming pool, offering a great place to relax and take in the breathtaking desertscape.