At the Namib Desert Lodge, staff greet you with small wet face towels, a beautiful and much appreciated touch after braving Namibia's worst roads to get there. In particular, beware the C27! The landscape in the region is truly spectacular, with the browns and yellows of the Numib and Tiras mountains on one side and the reds and oranges of the Namib desert on the other. But the views come at a price - approaching Betta, and then all the way to Sesriem, this was the worst gravel road we came across: at least 5 hours of full concentration driving, with your vehicle shuddering over the rippled sand, gravel and stone surface, both hands on the steering wheel to counter any drift on the loose soil beneath, as you weave left and right to find the smoothest path and avoid the bigger stones. Eventually we did hit a big stone, with our left back tyre falling victim. We pulled over and got to work with the spare. The great thing in Namibia is the solidarity that immediately appears over the horizon: another vehicle slowed to a snail’s pace to enquire if we were okay. We later heard how crucial that solidarity can be, from an Italian couple who limped past us at the Namib Desert lodge, one of them with his head heavily bandaged: driving north on the C27, twenty kilometres out of Betta, he lost control of his vehicle, which swerved wildly and flipped. Within minutes, the couple told us, there was a small swarm of vehicles arriving and providing assistance. So, I say again: truly spectacular views … but beware of the C27!
Paradise in the Desert.
Miss_Y_Namibiaon 17/08/2017 10:35
I am Namibian and recently decided to be a domestic tourist as many people fly in from across the world to visit my country. This lodge was my first trip and it surpassed all expectations.
The drive to the lodge is scenic but it is nothing compared to spotting the lodge and stunning mountains right behind the lodge. From the moment of arrival the staff were helpful and friendly. The rooms are simple yet stunning but make sure to book a room close to reception as the walk to room 54 was too long for me!
The dinner and breakfast menu options are wonderfully delicious but the lunch options could do with some improvement. My favourite activity was relaxing pool side, watching butterflies flutter about and listening to the birds in the trees.
I truly felt like I was in a desert paradise. The only thing missing is a spa.
Nice and well organised lodge
Peter Kon 13/08/2017 12:21
Namib Desert Lodge is a big lodge, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, but too expensive compared to what you get. The food was ok, but nothing special. The rooms for 3 people is fairly small and not much space for storage. Nice gesture, that the guests get a welcome drink and a cold towel when arring at the lodge. One has to be careful though when going on the sundowner / walking mountain tour, as a bit confusing and people get lost at night.
It is nice but a little bit far from sesriem
Vera Pon 05/08/2017 22:48
This is a good Lodge to stay with kids. However it is far from Sesriem ( Park entrance). It takes 1 hour until Sesriem and 2 hours until Sosusvlei. Breakfast and dinner buffet in a reasonable level. We stayed in a family room which is really big but bathroom looks very old.
Good place, but catered for mass-tourism
sjoerdl977on 17/07/2017 10:26
Plusses: Nice houses, good beds, beautiful location, friendly staff Minuses Quite far from Sossusvlei, Not so great food, Accommodation pretty basic for the price.
An important point for us is that if you want small scale, personal and intimate this is not the right place. The Lodge has many houses and caters for several tourbusses full of tourists. This means you do feel a bit like a number.
Also, I feel that for an upscale location they could offer more activities.