Destinations

Camp Sossus

About Camp Sossus, Namibia

The private 24,000-hectare Namib Tsaris Conservancy offers a wonderful opportunity to explore all that the Sossusvlei region is famed for, being just a 30-minute drive to Sossusvlei Gate. A visit to Sossusvlei is best complemented with a stay at Camp Sossus, which offers a unique alternative to a more traditional lodge stay. This under-canvas experience with a twist is only offered on an exclusive-use basis and has been designed to have a low environmental impact, blending into its surroundings as much as possible, with the semi-permanent design making use of recycled materials. During your stay you will still be able to explore the dunes at Sossusvlei – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest desert in the world – but also retreat to the private conservancy which acts as a natural buffer from the harshest desert conditions and is a vital refuge for wildlife, particularly in the dry season.

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track Sossusvlei experience, look no further than Camp Sossus. Still within easy reach of the dunes, its setting in a private conservancy offers a true wilderness haven.

Lodge Details

Style

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.

Setting

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.

Dining

Meals at the camp are communal affairs taken around one dining table, with wholesome dishes prepared using fresh produce.

Activities

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.

Child Policy

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.

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