The essence of the experience
The luxuriously remote, tranquil and ever-romantic &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated within Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve, where time stands still. Not only does the untouched desert vista here beg to be explored, but so too does the inky black night sky. Absolute silence and dramatic landscapes contribute towards making &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge one of the best settings in the world for stargazing.
Each evening you will be invited to join resident astronomers as they unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies in the lodge’s state of the art observatory, complete with a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope. The observatory presents the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky as resident astronomers point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant, mysterious planets. The reserve has the proud distinction of being Africa’s only International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) and is the first area of this kind to be awarded with the honour of Gold Tier status, which celebrates night time environments that have little to no impact from light pollution and artificial light. With the nearest town 140 km (87 miles) away from the lodge, there are no sources of light pollution and the reserve’s sky is one of the darkest yet measured in the world.
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is the perfect spot for stargazing and getting lost in the deep secrets of the African skies. In addition to the observatory, travellers have the luxury of retiring to spacious and airy suites, bedecked with large skylights set into the ceiling above the comfortable beds. Unwind and allow dreamy adventures to continue as you revel in the beauty of the impossibly starry sky in total privacy and seclusion. Experience the thrill of peeking into an endless abyss, adorned with the lights of heaven, beckoning wayfarers home.