The essence of the safari game drive
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is ideally situated on the Vreemdelingspoort property in the far north of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, which boasts numerous distinct habitats and microhabitats, as well as a backdrop of awe-inspiriting vistas, plains, and bushland. The NamibRand is a vast conservation area of 220 000 hectares, situated east of and adjacent to the gigantic Namib-Naukluft National Park. The NamibRand lies within the so-called pro-Namib, an ecotone region sandwiched between the endless dune fields of the Namib Desert and the jagged mountain ranges of the Namibian escarpment.
Scenic drives here may head to the fascinating and chilling petrified dunes, a frozen landscape of endless undulating waves or choose to explore the massive boulders of Bushman’s Koppies, haphazardly strewn atop each other, effortlessly creating the illusion of a near toppling megalith. &Beyond’s specially trained guides and skilled trackers are experts regarding the region’s diverse eco-system and have a wide store of knowledge and secrets about the desert that they’re eager to share with willing travelers and budding naturalists.
Known as ‘The Living Desert,’ the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted critters such as beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils and golden moles, all of which leave their telltale tracks in the fine, golden sand. The plains and dry watercourses are home to the magnificently horned oryx, agile springbok, Burchell’s zebra, regal ostrich and stately giraffe, as well as predators that include elusive leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and Cape and bat-eared fox, with over 114 bird species curiously looking down from the desert skies. Admire the infinite buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna hues splashed across the desert sky at sunset before returning to the lodge in the late evening for a star gazing adventure that will transport you to a mystical and ethereal world.