A private and immersive, 7-night journey that does not cost the earth
A private and immersive, 7-night journey that does not cost the earth
Set amidst an ocean of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains, the utter tranquillity and extraordinary clarity of light makes this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. Travel to the heart of an age-old desert, on this 8-day itinerary where the dunes are taller and the stars are brighter than you have ever imagined. Immerse yourself in the ultimate safe travel bubble as you enjoy an array of private experiences, delectable dining, myriad adventures and spectacular accommodation. Among these vast ancient vistas, a thousand tiny miracles play out each day, as fascinating desert animals and plants make dozens of unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in this arid environment. Natural beauty on a grand scale stretches beneath impossibly blue African skies. Stripped down to barest simplicity, the desert playground of Sossusvlei is the ideal place to reawaken your soul.
Additionally, we have kept the idea of private travel (bubbles) at the forefront of these offerings. We call it “Exclusivity for Everyone”. Our range of private travel (bubble) opportunities will match the size of your travelling party; with accommodation, flights, transfers and activity options.
7 nights at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Sustainability and guest comfort go hand in hand at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
Sophisticated, environment-friendly design solutions support uncompromised luxury
in a climate of extremes. In fact, it is the very harshness of the desert environment that
has been harnessed to power these impact initiatives.
Choose from three categories below: a FULLY-PRIVATE offering (ensuring it’s just you and your group from start to finish); SEMI-PRIVATE that ensures your accommodation and experiences are just for you; and (if you don’t mind sharing accommodation options but want your experiences all to yourself) our PRIVATE ACTIVITIES ONLY option.
The Star Dune Suite is spacious and ultra-luxurious; the two ensuite bedrooms, each with their own private pool and veranda, are linked by enclosed walkways that lead to a large private lounge, dining area and veranda.
If flying in crowds makes you nervous, we have you covered. From quicker check-ins to faster transit times, private charters guarantee an exclusive experience.
Tailor-make your adventure with your own specialist guide, in your own private vehicle.
Most experiences are included in your rate, but there are a few other incredible life-changing experiences which can be enjoyed during your stay at an additional cost.
This unforgettable journey showcases just a few of our favourite private experience combinations in this iconic destination. It is merely an example from which you can use to start dreaming and creating your own adventure with one of our dedicated Travel Specialists. &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers a wide range of adventures to be enjoyed in exclusivity.
Join the resident astronomer 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 you observe the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant, mysterious planets. With the nearest town 140 km (87 mi.) 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.
Enjoy the exclusive experience of climbing the Big Dune at &Beyond Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve, the only private reserve featuring the iconic star dunes of Namibia. A dramatic landscape of dunes and mountains, which mirrors that of Deadvlei, but one which is completely private and tranquil. Take the time to capture the perfect tapestry of your surrounds and tuck into a delicious picnic breakfast, surrounded by ancient camel thorn trees and towering dunes.
Soar over a landscape that has remained unchanged for millions of years. From your birds-eye perspective, be captivated by rolling sand dunes, craggy mountain tops, solidified rock formations and enchanting fairy circles during a Scenic Helicopter Flight or Hot Air Balloon ride. These scenic adventure offers a totally unique way to experience Namibia’s brilliant vista. Enjoy a celebratory bubbly breakfast, where you can recap the morning’s bucket list moment as you savour a delicious morning meal.
Appreciate the incredible contrasts of the Namib Desert on either a Desert Drive or during the Living Dunes Experience. Explore &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Reserve on foot, by quad bike or on a safari with your specialist guide who’ll uncover the secrets of the dunes. Hear about how the oldest and second driest desert on earth came to be and observe the many small and some uniquely adapted creatures that have managed to make this harsh environment – literally called “the living desert” – their home. The story of the desert’s ecology is literally written in the sand.
Take yourself off on e-biking and hiking adventures and traverse the stark beauty and appreciate the vast expanse of your surrounds.
Easy to ride and super fun, nifty e-bikes are fitted with a battery-powered ‘assist’ that gives a boost via a throttle when pedalling. You can enjoy the 19 km (11.8 mi) route or you can shorten your ride on the 11 km (6.2 mi) route.
Equally beautiful is to explore the lodge surrounds on foot and walk in the footsteps of desert-adapted wildlife. There are two defined hiking trails, a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) or a 3.4 km (2.1 mi) route waiting to be explored.
Choose to do this activity with a guide or you can also explore the surrounds at leisure. Combine these self-exploration options on our ‘bike and hike’ adventure.
Step back in time and bring to life the history of the area, its people and topography on the Desert People or Desert Rock Experience. Roam back to the ancient San Bushmen era in the untamed Namib Desert scattered with San rock art. Explore heritage sites and gain insight into the culture and time-honoured traditions of the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, the San people. Explore the unique landscape on this geological excursion and observe young geology ‘in action’ as the dunes shape this awe-inspiring landscape by Aeolian processes, relating to wind activity.
Refresh and rejuvenate with Wellness Treatments or a session in the gym with the most incredible view. Indulge in one of our many relaxing treatments for a truly authentic African spa experience that rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. &Beyond has partnered with Healing Earth, a leading natural, eco-friendly, and holistic spa and skincare company. We have a selection of treatments to choose from such as Healing Earth African Shea Butter Ritual and Soul of the Earth Celebration. Relish delicious, healthy dishes prepared with the freshest natural ingredients – a fusion of flavours awaits you here.
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