Desert Homestead: The Lowdown

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Desert Homestead is a sweet and simple lodge around half an hour from Sesriem, the gateway to Namibia’s sand sea. It’s a low-key, good value lodge that makes a great base for exploring the area.

What’s Desert Homestead really like?

The main lodge is in the heart of the camp perched on a small hill, with the rooms scattered either side.  There’s a dining room serving wholesome food where fires are lit in the depths of Namibian winter, a bar and lounge with glorious views and a small pool down below which offers respite from the harsh heat of a Namibian summer. There are 20 small, but pretty chalets connected by sandy pathways to the main lodge. Tucked away at the rear, bathrooms are ensuite with a shower and loo, and outside there’s a small verandah (views here are to die for). Like many of Namibia’s smaller, more charming lodges, Desert Homestead does not have air conditioning, so if you’re travelling during the hotter months of October/November to February and particularly suffer from the heat, please let us know.

What can I do at Desert Homestead?

Desert Homestead is particularly well known for riding, and many of the guests who come spend time on horseback, be it for a day or two as an experienced rider, or a short taster for beginners under the watchful eyes of an instructor. This is also a very popular base for visiting Sesriem and Sosussvlei (around half an hour away) and for hiking. Many guests staying here will choose to visit the dunes under their own steam in a hire car, but if you prefer it is also possible to book on to guided excursions from the lodge.

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