Ultimate Safaris has officially opened a brand-new camp in the heart of the Namibian Desert, Camp Sossus. It’s located in a nature conservancy between two mountain ranges and just 30 from the gateway to Sossusvlei and the Great Namib Sand Sea World Heritage Site.
The 100 percent solar powered eco-chic Camp Sossus offers just six tented guest rooms and provides an alternative to any traditional lodge or camp in the Sossusvlei area while offering customized opportunities for guests to explore the Namibian Desert environment. A landscape of plains, mountains and dry river valleys overlooked by towering plateaus, the area is also home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the area—oryx, springbok, bat-eared foxes, zebra, hartebeest, giraffe and kudu, as well as predators such as cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena.
The large west-facing windows and south-facing doors in the tented guest rooms allow natural cooling by the prevailing afternoon south-westerly wind (all the tents have a basic infrastructure that offers necessary comforts). Guests can expect semi-open-air en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot bucket showers with locally sourced amenities, extra-length three-quarter twin beds, solar lighting, an electrical charging station, pedestal fan, shaded patio, a shaded daybed and a star bed.
Additionally, there is a communal lounge with a fireplace, family-style dining room (private dining can be arranged), campfire circle and viewing deck of a waterhole.
There is plenty to explore, and outdoor adventures include biking with a guide on Mountain Plus bikes, nature drives to learn about the ecosystem, as well as nature walks on foot, a Sossusvlei excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Deadvlei and the giant dunes at the Namib.
Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of everything Ultimate Safaris does, and Camp Sossus is the result of eight years of intensive work to reinstate one of the more ecologically sound tracts of land in the area. Miles of internal fencing have been removed, wildlife watering points installed and road networks improved. The rehabilitation of land and the reintroduction of wildlife have all been key to the restoration and renewal of this stunning natural resource, home to some of Africa’s most adapted desert species.
Note that only children 12 years and older are allowed. The fully inclusive rate includes all meals, local drinks and scheduled activities.