Set in a wide grass valley on the edge of the barren Namib Sand Sea, Desert Homestead Lodge provides a luxurious respite from the desert heat.
The twenty resident chalets are comfortably and luxuriously decorated, each with its own private veranda. The chalets have large single or double beds as well as en-suite bathrooms with shower and toilet. The units are constructed to have the least impact on the area, the lights and ceiling fans use batteries which are charged with wind or solar power. The soaps, shampoo, and body lotion provided in the bathrooms are eco-friendly.
Desert Homestead, 22 miles southeast of Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, is a working ranch. It is located in a private nature reserve adjoining the Unesco World Heritage site the “Namib Sand Sea”. While namib means empty place, this barren wilderness is home to not only spectacular scenery but several unique varieties of plants and animals specially adapted to their desert home. The Welwitschia or tree tumbo is endemic to the desert, a strange shrub-like plant, it grows two long strap-shaped leaves continuously throughout its lifetime that gnarl and twist with winds. Most of the animals here are arthropods and other small wildlife that can live on little water. But antelopes, ostriches, jackals, and elephants roam here too. Even, the adorable meerkats and their families make their home in the desert.