The Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes and jagged mountain heights.
One of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on Earth, the Namib Desert is a world of vast spaces, endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes and jagged mountain heights. The largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve spans 180 000 hectares (445 000 acres) of this unspoiled desert wilderness. The spectacular dunes at Sossusvlei, arrayed in magnificent hues of orange, buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna, tower over a vast, dry pan. Over 230 metres (750 feet) high and constantly twisted and shaped by the wind, these breathtaking dunes are among the highest in the world. Known as “The Living Desert”, the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils, golden moles and other creatures, all leaving their telltale tracks in the fine sand.
The guides at &Beyond Sossuvlei Desert Lodge have been specially trained on the diversity of the Namib Desert. The plains and dry watercourses of the Namib Desert are home to oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra, kudu, ostrich and giraffe. Predators include leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, Cape and bat-eared foxes, termite-eating aardwolf and African wildcat. More than 114 bird species can be seen in the desert skies. Accommodation in the Namib Desert is plentiful with exceptional lodges offering luxury accommodation and many adventures that will showcase the best of the area.
- Africa’s biggest private nature reserve extending over 180000 hectares/acres
- Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, offering spectacular southern hemisphere night skies; Situated on the edge of the Namib Sand Sea, the biggest dune field south of the Sahara
- Variety of dune types
- Magnificent open spaces
- The tranquillity of the desert
- March to October offers cloudless skies and clear light for photography and stargazing
- Specially adapted desert wildlife – oryx, springbok, Burchell’s zebra and the endemic Hartmann’ts mountain zebra bat eared foxes, as well as a variety of insects and lizards
Min 20°C/68°F Max 40°C/104°F
Min 0°C/32°F Max 23°C/73°F
- Best time to travelYear Round
- Traveling with ChildrenChildren over the age of 12 welcome
- WildlifeEncounter predators such as leopard, spotted and brown hyena, black-backed jackal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, African wildcat, caracal and genet.
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken in Namibia
- Flying to NamibiaThere are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay. Scheduled flights from Maun and Victoria Falls to Windhoek are also available.
- CurrencyThe currency is Namibian Dollar (NAD); South African Rand (ZAR) cash is accepted
Namibrand Nature Reserve
Take a breather from your hectic schedule and reconnect with yourself and with nature at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Nature drives
- Excursions to Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei
- Guided nature walks
- Hiking trails
- Quad bike excursions
- San rock paintings
- Stargazing at a state-of-the-art observatory, accompanied by a resident astronomer
- Petrified dunes
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