The focus here is on having an authentic under-canvas experience, albeit with recycled oil drums taking the place of a canvas roof. The drums, which give the appearance of pangolin scales, also help to protect guests from the wind. The designers have opted for simplicity and a sense of natural harmony over ostentatious luxury: Camp Sossus has been built to blend in with the surrounding environment and have as little impact upon it as possible.
Camp Sossus is situated within the private Namib Tsaris Conservancy, which forms a buffer zone to Namib-Naukluft, the national park in which the dunes of Sossusvlei can be found. The conservancy has been designed as a refuge for wildlife, with waterholes providing respite for animals during the desert’s dry season. In addition, a number of species have been reintroduced that would have once been found here naturally, ensuring that Namib Tsaris provides one of the highest wildlife densities in the area.
Accommodation & Facilities
The eight spacious Meru-style tents include two which can be used for family use, which allow for a more intimate stay. Each of the 4m x 3m tents come with a roof constructed from recycled oil drums and a natural stone wall on the east side to protect from the wind. Guests will also be able to make use of an en-suite open-air bathroom comprising a flush toilet, washbasin and bucket shower with fitted solar lighting. Each tent has access to its own star bed, the perfect venue from which to gaze up at the night sky – a truly magical experience.
Common areas include gas fireplaces for those colder winter nights, and there's also an artisan coffee station serving the camp's own blend. The communal mess tent has comfortable seating, as does the dining area and fire pit (the latter is perfect for a pre- or post-dinner drink). There are also a series of desert pools on the property which you can cool off in after a day’s exploring.
Meals at the camp are communal affairs taken around one dining table, with wholesome dishes prepared using fresh produce.
Camp Sossus is the perfect choice for those wanting to explore the Sossusvlei area, while also getting off the beaten track and having the chance to spot wildlife. Activities here are focused on visiting the dunes at Sossusvlei (including Dead Vlei) along with your private guide, exploring the private reserve on nature walks and drives, cooling off in the desert pools, stargazing and guided biking excursions. There is plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for, with oryx, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, Burchell’s zebra, bat-eared fox and aardwolf all found on the reserve, as well as predators such as cheetah, leopard and both brown and spotted hyena.
Due to the nature of the camp being exclusive-use, there are no age restrictions and children can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. However, please bear in mind that there are no specific child-oriented activities or facilities, so we would recommend it for ages 12 and upwards.