That's right, you're already in the park between Sesriem and Elim Dune, giving you first dibs to head off on your adventure since the gate at Sesriem only opens at sunrise. Granted you rise in the dark, you're guaranteed to beat the crowds and experience the highlights as the sun comes up. Ideal for photography.
Dead Valley Lodge is named after the Dead Vlei, which translates to 'dead marsh'. Once a lake in a valley between the dunes, this is now one of the most photographed places in the Namib Desert. A stark white pan scattered with ancient acacias and on either side the towering red sand dunes. Maybe it's because staying here will get you to Dead Vlei first? Maybe it's because Elim Dune Lodge just doesn't sound as cool?
The eco-friendly architecture is simple with sleek structures and design that compliment the authenticity of raw nature at its best. Neutral tones, dust colours and natural finishes. Simple and understated, drawing your eye to the beauty that abounds.
Each of the twenty free-standing tents come with a view. A view you have to live to believe. While the idea of a tent might not seem luxurious, they are spacious and modern with much needed climate control, a super comfy double bed and WiFi. Private patio, kitchenette, and an ensuite bathroom stocked with toiletries. You're all set.
The restaurant serves local Namibian meals for lunch and dinner, a breakfast buffet and the fun bit, cocktail happy hour. Sundowner - check.
Back at the lodge before the heat of day, relax at the pool. What a view. Marvel at the magnitude of the Elim Dune from the comfort of cool waters while the tourists who entered the park after sunrise meet the heat amidst the sands of Sossusvlei. It pays to stay inside the park. Good for you!
20 double tented chalets with seperate ensuite bathrooms; private patio; small kitchen with mini bar fridge and wash basin; climate control (water cooler); safe and WiFi.
Restaurant and dining area; lounge; 24-hour front desk; bar; swimming pool and fire pit.
No children under six.
Being inside the park entrance gates, you have that super head start to reach Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei before those coming from outside lodges. Our advice - make your way there first to snap the perfect picture as the light peers over the dunes. Then head to Dune 45 for a rather trying climb (if you're brave and fit) on your way back to the lodge. A visit to Sesriem Canyon, also a must, best done in the afternoon when it is cooler and much quieter.
If you'd prefer not to self-drive and you want the added bonus of a guide for your activities you can book these through the lodge. Dead Valley Lodge offers game drives in the mornings and afternoons to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Keep in mind that it's best to book in advance and that full payment is required to secure your booking.
You can also go on a guided walk, stargaze the impressive southern night skies, hot air balloon riding, quad biking or even grab yourself a scenic flight over the endless dunes.