andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Otherworldly, Modern, Transportive

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

+27 11 809 4300

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At a Glance

Cradled in the wild beauty of the red sand dunes and mountains, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge looks as if a spaceship landed in the desert—yet somehow the unique design exists in perfect harmony with the landscape. From the comfort of this intimate, luxurious lodge in a private reserve, guests experience the true vastness of the desert, and the mesmerizing views inspire soulful contemplation.

Indagare Loves

  • The cozy, relaxing atmosphere to soak in the stunning views of the expansive plains, which lead to the granite mountains on one side and red sand dunes on the other
  • Spectacular, unobstructed stargazing with an on-site astronomer and fully equipped observatory
  • Riding a quad bike around the grass-covered sand dunes
  • In-depth local knowledge and passion of the guides, one of whom is dedicated to you during your stay


Situated in a 31,420-acre private reserve at the edge of the Namib Sand Sea (the biggest dune field south of the Sahara), andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge enables guests to fully experience the vastness of the land. After driving through the seemingly endless desert, the lodge emerges, sheltered at the base of a granite hill. Once there, your gaze is continually drawn outside to the golden plains stretching towards the infamous red sand dunes and distant craggy mountains. It’s a transportive and entrancing view, whether enjoyed from the intimate seating areas in the main lodge or at each suite’s private pool.

The main lodge looks as if it dropped from outer space, with its use of geometrically shaped glass, rock and steel that is positively futuristic. Upon entering though, guests are enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth and comfort, with curved walls, multiple cozy seating areas and shelves filled with local ceramics, baskets and art. A central island serving coffee or cocktails visually separates the dining room from the casual seating area. The modern feel mirrors the exterior with unique shapes and metals, while the neutral colors create an aura of calm. The lodge is positioned such that wherever you sit, your gaze is drawn through the wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to the watering hole, grazing oryx and springbok and the landscape beyond. The sand dunes are especially impressive at sunset as they change to a gradient of orange: ginger, pumpkin, burnt sienna...

Each of the 12 standalone suites feels like a private desert escape. The stone walls that surround them resemble the granite mountains in the distance, while the rooftop solar panels support ample air conditioning and energy for the suite (a key part of andBeyond’s sustainability program). Inside, curved walls evoke the same sense of calm as the main lodge while a wall of windows provides views of the grassy plains and sand dunes. There are multiple spots for relaxing, including a tranquil plunge pool, a chaise lounge for reading and a small desk with an easel and watercolors to encourage guests’ artistic side. In the marble bathroom, glass walls allow guests to experience nature with 180 degree views. I especially appreciated the retractable skylight, so that you could star-gaze from the comfort of bed.

Other features include a wellness center for massages and other treatments, including a private spa bath. The lodge has a well-equipped gym on the second floor, ideal for watching the early morning sunrise during a workout. Each group of guests also has their own butler and guide to ensure their stay is exceptional. In contrast to the usual crowds climbing Big Daddy sand dune and exploring Deadvlei, here guests can explore almost alone, venturing on excursions such as quad bikes in the sand dunes, a hot air balloon ride, climbing a petrified dune, viewing the San Bushman cave drawings or stargazing with an astronomer.

A Note on Families: Children are allowed, with some restrictions on activities for those under 12 years (and no quad bikes if under 16 years old). The Star Dune Suite combines two suites via a central living space and works well for families.

Who Should Stay

Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers who appreciate uncompromised luxury (plus geology lovers, aspiring astronomers)

Written by Jacqueline Hampton

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