Camp Sossus is built in a naturally formed amphitheatre of a south-facing granite outcrop within striking distance of Sossusvlei, and is ideally positioned to avoid the harsh desert sun. The severe desert climate was a primary consideration in the camp’s design, and tents are protected from the stormy east winds by natural stone walls and shaded by roofs built from almost 500 recycled oil drums. It is also equipped with furniture built in part from recycled metals, Oregon pine floor boards and wooden pallets. As a result of this design, the camp is virtually invisible from any distance and, together with Camp Huab, it carries the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. The large west-facing windows and south-facing doors allow natural cooling by the predominant afternoon south westerly wind and the tents are stylishly furnished, offering important comforts such as en suite flush toilets and bucket showers. They also have comfortable twin beds, solar power, a shaded day-bed and a star bed, but the essence of the camp still remains ‘under canvas’ and experiential.
AT A GLANCE
- Only exclusive use
- Best sold for groups of 4 guests or more
- 8 shaded en-suite luxury tents
- Shaded family tents with attached kiddies tents
- Open-air bathroom with flush toilet & hot water bucket shower
- Star beds
- Shaded day-bed/sala
- Desert pools
- Fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks and most activities
- Artisan coffee
- Spacious communal lounge, dining room, campfire circle and deck
- Communal electrical charging facilities
- Closed 15th January – 15th February annually
- Minimum 2 night stays (3 nights recommended)
- Children very welcome
- 100% solar powered
- Waterhole for wildlife viewing.
- Only 30 minutes’ drive to the Sesriem gate with access to Sossusvlei.
- NO WIFI
Camp Sossus is located on the Namib Tsaris Conservancy which is nestled between the Nubib and Zaris Mountains, a mere thirty minutes’ drive from the gateway to Sossusvlei and the Great Namib Sand Sea which has recently been declared a World Heritage Site. The Conservancy was founded by Landscape Conservationist Swen Bachran in 2010, and it serves as a natural buffer from the harshest desert conditions and a refuge that is vital to wildlife through the dry season. Eight years of intensive work to reverse sixty years of inappropriate farming practices, including the removal of 89 km of internal fencing, the installation of wildlife watering points, the improvement of road networks, the rehabilitation of land and the reintroduction of wildlife that historically occurred here, has resulted in one of the most picturesque and ecologically sound tracts of land in the area. The Conservancy has gravel plains, mountainous areas with dry river valleys as well as a large raised plateau which towers above the desert below, and it is now home to some of largest concentrations of wildlife in the area, including Oryx, Springbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Kudu, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Bat-eared Fox, and Aardwolf, as well as predators such as Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena. Plans for the acquisition of adjoining land to extension of the Conservancy are ongoing, as well as dropping fences to neighbouring like-minded conservation areas.