The world as we know drastically changed when COVID-19 emerged. Our normal routine had to make room for our “new normal”. Due to international borders being closed, the tourism industry became dependent on local travel.
Local travel, in its simplest form, refers to individuals from a specific country travelling within their country’s border for leisure purposes. Most of the accommodation establishments have drastically decreased their rates as a means of creating an opportunity to motivate local travel within Namibia.
The #LocalIsLekker has been trending for the past 4 months to entice Namibians to travel locally and discover the wonders Namibia has to offer. Namibia, our motherland, is a country of open and vast landscapes. Namibia possesses some of the most beautiful gems and serves as a must-see tourist destination.
Join us as we discover Namibia and its wonderful hidden gems.
Our very first road trip leads us to southern Namibia where the magnificent Sossusvlei Dunes are found.
Situated in the Namib Naukluft National Park, the Sossusvlei dunes form part of the most well-known attractions in Namibia. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is in a large, dried up white salt clay pan that serves as a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. They also provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Attractions in the area
There are various attractions within the Sossusvlei area for visitors to explore. These include:
- Sesriem Canyon
- Dune 45
- Big Daddy and Big Mama dunes
- Fairy circles
The spectacular landscapes make this area one of the most photographed worldwide. For those travelling to Sesriem (the Namib-Naukluft National Park’s entrance gate) by road, the little settlement of Solitaire is not to be missed as Big-Moose, the local baker, makes the most delicious Apple Pie – the bakery is well known for its mouth-watering Apple Pie!
Accommodation: Dune Star Camp
Dune Star Camp provides the perfect escape where a memorable experience is almost guaranteed. A transfer leads you into a vast desert wilderness to 9 wooden cabins. The remotely located lodge offers guests an opportunity to sleep under the stars (literally).
The beds in each room are equipped with wheels to make the rolling out of the beds onto the balcony convenient as one prepares for a peaceful night’s rest under the Namib night sky. The Namib night sky is one of the clearest skies worldwide with stars and the Milky Way visible. Allow nature to mesmerize you as you doze off into dreamland.
Dune Star Camp is a lodging property owned by Gondwana Collection, one of the leading tourism and hospitality companies in Namibia. The lodges rates range between N$2000-N$3000 per person per night including breakfast. 50% discount on accommodation is offered to Namibians when purchasing (with) a Gondwana Card.
Visit the Gondwana Collection website on more information regarding the Gondwana membership Card. The lodge is only a one-night stay and can unfortunately not be booked for the two-nights stay. Regrettably, children under the age of 12 are not allowed at this specific lodge. At Namib Dune Star Camp hot water and electricity are limited and no fan, air conditioning or plug points (power sockets) are available.
As means of giving back to nature for all the wonders it offers, the lodge makes use of solar panels and water recycling to promote ecotourism and the preservation of natural elements for the foreseeable future.
Other activities one can embarked on in the area are:
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Nature drives / sun downer drives
- Walking trails / Nature walks (guided and self-guided)
The Sossusvlei area is one of the key points of attraction in Namibia with its endless horizons, stunning red dunes, magnificent sightings and beautiful landscapes. The area perfectly sums up the journey to a remarkable get-away where one can enjoy a night under the glittering Namib sky.
Nature is callin’ – the Sossusvlei Desert awaits your visit