One of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of fantastic rock formations, massive sand dunes and endless horizons. At its heart lies a dry clay pan called Sossusvlei—a place both dramatic and serene, and home to a lodge designed to capture the solitary splendour of the desert location.
The breathtaking Sossusvlei dunes are among the highest in the world, reaching 230 metres. Shaped by wind, always in flux, hey form a backdrop of magnificent hues of orange, sienna and ochre to the stone and glass of the lodge’s desert villas.
Colours of the desert
The lodge design reflects its surroundings, with the natural look executed using rough timberwork and elements of bone, stone and slate.
Wooden sculptures and twiggy chandeliers bring to mind rugged mountains. Creams and greys of the interiors contrast delightfully with the dusky pink colours of the desert landscapes—creating a dramatic and sophisticated appearance.
Only ten villas
Spread out along the curve of the escarpment, each of the lodge’s split-level villas come with sleek interiors, massive windows looking onto the vast plains and a stargazing window above the bedroom.
This design gives plenty of opportunities for some magnificent star and game viewing: each villa is equipped with a compact telescope is (though there is also a state of the art planetarium with resident astronomers!)
The villas also have a living room with fireplace, wraparound verandas and ensuite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower.
The desert location does not mean the lodge lacks any luxuries. There is a swimming pool, to which water is supplied from an underground spring, and a large walk-in wine cellar provides another kind of refreshment.
The animal kingdom
The Namib Desert is hardly devoid of life. These arid plains and dry watercourses are home to an array of desert-adapted animals.
There are oryxes, aardwolfs, springboks, the rare Burchell’s zebras, kudu, ostriches and giraffes. All attract many predators, including leopards, jackals, foxes, spotted hyenas and African wildcats.
At sunset, a nearby waterhole attracts animals—and the sundowners become another opportunity for game spotting.
The wildlife, the endless space, the utter tranquillity and extraordinary light make this region a perfect setting to the unique and exclusive Desert Lodge.
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