Sossusvlei, with the the incredible dunes and landscapes of the Namib desert is, along with Etosha, the must-go place in Namibia. The NWR (Namibia Wildlife Resorts) operates two places in the region. As with all the NWR operated accommodation, make sure you book well in advance, either in Windhoek or even before, by email:
It is a restcamp at the gates of the park, in the village of Sesriem. There is a small shop, bar, swimming pool and hot water showers. The price for camping is around N$ 270 per tent and N$ 140 per person. It is the cheapest place to sleep in the area, and the closest to the park entrance. This is perfect for seeing the sunrise from the top of the dunes, a classic excursion. The dune most often climbed is the Dune 45, called like that because it is 45 km from Sesriem. Another possible excursion is to the nearby Sesriem canyon.
Around the park there are only lodges, and apart from being more expensive, some of them are too far away so it is not possible to see the sunrise from inside the park for lack of time. Remember that you should never drive in Namibia when it is dark. It is very dangerous. We met a guy who had crashed into an Oryx, killing the poor animal and leaving his car unusable. Be very careful.
This luxurious lodge opened its doors in 2007 and is the new jewel of the crown of the NWR operated accommodation. It is inside the park, making even easier to experience the sunrise and sunset from the dunes. The lodge has an excellent restaurant, and the staff is very diligent and professional. There are 25 small independent chalets, connected by elevated wooden walkways. The perfect place if you can afford it.
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How to get there: Sesriem Restcamp is in Sesriem, while Sossus Dune Lodge is 4km past the gates into the park.