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Hoodia Lodge, Namibia

Hoodia Desert Lodge

The open-plan reception/lounge and bar area at Hoodia Desert Lodge has a relaxed atmosphere, featuring sylish décor, comfortable seating, coffee table books to browse and open fires in the winter months. Leading from the lounge is the enclosed circular restaurant with panoramic views over the riverbed. There's a large outdoor terrace where you can tuck in to dinner or sip a sundowner, enjoying sweeping views of the desert mountain scenery, which changes color from gray to red to purple as the sun sets. Adjacent to this is a small pool area, which is the place to head if you wish to cool off in the heat of the day after a morning visit to the dunes.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

The lodge has just a handful of air conditioned thatched chalets, each featuring wooden floors and harmonious furnishings. The en suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as outdoor bathtubs in charming little courtyard gardens. Each chalet has a shaded porch to the front, furnished with comfortable seating on which you can admire the views across the open plains. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge and mosquito nets.

Location

Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River, about a 20 minute drive from Sesriem. Passing through the entrance gate, the lodge slowly materializes in the distance as you approach the base of the mountain.

Food and Drink

The restaurant serves tasty three course dinners in a large dining area with an open fire, providing a cozy, sociable atmosphere. A bar is located in the lodge's main area, serving a variety of beverages. A special sundowner experience can also be arranged, with the lodge providing wines, traditional sundowner drinks and snacks in a private location looking out over the Namib Desert.

Facilities and Activities

The lodge offers full-day tours of the dunes at Sossusvlei, which include a dune lunch complete with tables, chairs and a selection of wines. On site, guests can make use of the shaded pool area and open-air lounge.

Our opinion

We've found Hoodia to be a really warm, friendly lodge offering very good service. Small and intimate, the lodge's owner-managers, Thomas and Henreza, often join guests for a chat after dinner, opening a bottle of wine or whiskey to talk about the day's experiences and plan the next day’s activities.

Sossusvlei & Sesriem itinerary suggestions

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    • Desert Homestead, Sossusvlei

      Desert Homestead Lodge

      Medium

      Close to some of Namibia’s greatest desert scenery, Desert Homestead Lodge is a welcoming, characterful option surrounded by rugged mountains. Combining African style and Western comforts, the lodge makes an excellent base for exploring the towering dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

    • Accommodation at Desert Quiver Camp

      Desert Quiver Camp

      Simple

      Desert Quiver offers simple but modern self-catering accommodation, situated just five kilometers from the entrance to Sossusvlei.

    • Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Kulala Desert Lodge

      First Class

      Offering a wealth of activities that allow you to explore the vast desert landscape and its wildlife, Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest lodge to Sossusvlei, boasting its own private entrance to Namib Nauklift National Park. It provides characterful, comfortable accommodation with a traditional atmosphere.

    • Little Kulala, Sossusvlei

      Little Kulala

      Opulent

      Little Kulala is very arty and stylish. The rooms have been carefully designed and have dramatic desert views. We highly recommend it as somewhere totally unique to stay in the desert.

    • Little Sossus Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Little Sossus Lodge

      Medium

      This is a fairly simple, eco-friendly lodge. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff are warm and friendly.

    • Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei

      Sossus Dune Lodge

      Medium

      Sossus Dune Lodge is in a very convenient location to visit Sossusvlei, with the added benefit of being very close to Sesriem Canyon. It is also a great lodge from which to access the dunes at first light.

    • Junior suite at Sossusvlei Lodge

      Sossusvlei Lodge

      First Class

      This lodge is located at the National Park entrance to Sesriem, the perfect base from which to explore the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei.

    • Desert Camp, Sesriem

      The Desert Camp

      Simple

      This affordable accommodation comprises twenty units, each with en-suite bathroom, twin beds, shaded verandah with outside cooking facilities including a small zipped away kitchenette and bbq.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Climbing the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

      Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

      Sossusvlei & Sesriem

      Enjoy the amazing scenery of Sossusvlei, and maybe take a short walk to Dead Vlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

    • Sunset ride from Desert Homestead

      Sunset Horse Riding

      Sossusvlei & Sesriem

      Riders wind their way across the grassy plains and through ancient water courses and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a friendly barman with a selection of cocktails awaits them.