Elegant Desert Lodge

On approaching Elegant Desert Lodge, about 40km south of Sossusvlei, the first thing you will notice is that it’s not exactly all that elegant. In fact it’s a rather squat, stone-built, thatched-roofed monolith in the typical farmstead style of the early Dutch settler.

Our rating: 3/5 Stars
Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia

Accommodation Description

So why Elegant, you ask? Jörn Dedig of Elegant Collection fame (Elegant Guesthouse and Elegant Farmstead) is on a mission to restore Namibia’s faded beasties. Formerly an evangelical retreat known as Betesda Lodge, Herr Jörn acquired the property, gave its interior a mighty upgrade and re-opened for business in November 2016 under its new, albeit uninspiring, name.

It’s amazing what a lick of paint, modern furniture and good scrub can do to a place. Transformed, dare we say, resurrected, Elegant Desert Lodge offers clean, comfortable and elegant-ish accommodation an easy half hour drive to Sesriem and the entrance to Sosssusvlei.

Accommodation is a line of en suite chalets in a variety of sizes that all open out onto a waterhole - the lodge is itself is on a private game farm, adding another dimension to the desert-and-dune scenery. While not the last word in luxury, the rooms are cool, comfortable and quiet: primed for a restful night.

The main living area features sitting options aplenty starting with inside and outside lounge areas, ditto for dining options including the traditional lapa dining area facing another waterhole; you’ve also got a bar, a reading room and the large garden dotted with seating in case you run out of options. The icy pool, surrounded by loungers and tended by smiling drinks-laden wait staff is indeed restorative though probably not in the spiritual sense of its former namesake.

The game farm is stocked with desert-hardy wildlife featuring the equine oryx (now there’s elegance), kudu, springbok and zebra. It’s perfectly safe and thoroughly recommended to take yourself on a walk along the marked trail (they offer a guided walks as well); for a more adventurous outing, hit the all-terrain bikes.

Sossusvlei is relatively accessible from The Elegant Desert Lodge, just keep in mind there’s a good hour-long drive once you enter the park at Sesriem and you’re about 40km from Sesriem. You’ll need to rise early to catch the good light and beat the heat so request a packed breakfast and save your appetite for brunch. You’ll need it.

Facilities

Bed and breakfast accommodation; 25 rooms with twin, double, family and single options; en suite bathrooms; balcony overlooking a waterhole; tea/coffee; indoor and outdoor dining (a la carte and buffet); bar; lounge areas inside and out; library; main waterhole; wi-fi; airstrip and transfers

Activities

Self-drive or guided day trips to Sossusvlei; unguided walking trail. Activities with a surcharge include guided day trips to to Sossusvlei with breakfast; guided walking trails; morning and afternoon scenic quad bike rides; afternoon/evening scenic sundowner drive

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