Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an escape to the world as it should be. Sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary desert wilderness. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the utter tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence. Ten spacious, air-conditioned desert villas feature glass-encased en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, star-viewing skylights a sparkling swimming pool, elegant sitting and dining areas and viewing decks with panoramic desert views. Each villa features a shaded private veranda, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, fully-stocked personal bar, compact spotting scope and a service-intercom to the main lodge. A fine selection of wines complements delicious Pan-African cuisine, served in the glass-fronted dining room. The split-level main lodge features a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, mezzanine library with CD and book collection, swimming pool, wraparound verandas and African gift shop. The pool is fed by water from an underground spring. At sunset, animals are drawn to a nearby waterhole, providing added enjoyment to a sundowner drink. Sossusvlei is renowned for its exciting bush breakfasts and dinners in dramatic desert locations. The Namib Rand spans 445 000 acres, and is the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa. Led by Sossusvlei’s expert rangers and naturalists, guest explore the desert on quad bikes (all-terrain four-wheeled motorcycles), open 4×4 vehicles – even by hot-air balloon. Excursions to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes, the highest in the world, and Sesriem Canyon will complete the desert-safari experience.