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December 19, 2011

Desert Homestead and Horse Trails

‘On the edge of the Namib Desert’

The Desert Homestead has been skillfully designed to incorporate all the features that guests loved about the original lodge, whilst still enjoying the benefit of a pristine location, only 31.5km from the Sesriem Canyon and close to the famous Sossusvlei dunes.

The 20 thatched chalets ensure our guests a more comfortable stay whilst absorbing the harsh paradise of the ancient Namib Desert.

Meals can be savored in our romantic indoor dining room complete with candles and fireplace, or alternatively on our traditional wide farm verandah, with lanterns and stars adding to the ambience.

Did you know:
– Sossusvlei dunes are the highest in the world?
– Desert Homestead is only 31.5 km from the Sesriem Canyon
– The Homestead is popular for keen horse riders and also offers sundowner riders, guided walks, Sossusvlei and Naukluft excursions.

1.Sossusvlei excursions

•in an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle
•activity possible early morning or afternoon (preferably morning for photography – departing before sunrise)
•small groups only (maximum of 6 guests per vehicle)
•rate includes a picnic in the dunes
•guide with in depth knowledge of the area
•activity duration is approx. ½ a day (approx. 7 – 8 hours)
•minimum of 2 guests or single supplement applicable

2.Naukluft excursions

•great option, especially for guests with a 3rd night at the lodge
•in an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle
•non strenuous hiking to rock pools, great birding, knowledgeable guide
•rate includes snacks and drinks
•activity possible morning or afternoon – normally lasts ½ a day (5 – 6 hours)
•variety of wildlife
•minimum of 2 guests or a single supplement applicable

3.Sundowner drive

•on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve – 22 000 hectares
•opportunity to come face to face with the pro-Namib
•relaxing way to end the day and enjoy a sundowner with snacks and beautiful views
•lasts 2 – 2 ½ hours; leave after tea and back just before dinner
•minimum of 2 guests or a single supplement applicable
•in an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle

4.Horse sleep-outs

•short or long version available (1 – 3 nights) dependant on guests riding experience
•luxury camping in the desert – dome tents, hot bucket showers, chilled white wine, fine bush cuisine
•Horses and camps to suit varied levels of experience from novice to more accomplished
•back up team takes care of all logistics
•minimum of 2 guests or single supplement applicable

5.Horse sundowner ride

•depart lodge after afternoon tea, and walk down to the stables
•ride through varied terrain for about 3 hours
•meet back up team at sundowner spot for drinks of your choice and snack platters
•ride back under the stars in time for dinner at the lodge
•minimum of 2 guests or single supplement applicable

6.Horse breakfast ride

•meet for early morning tea and coffee and depart shortly after sunrise
•ride for approx. 4 hours to a scenic breakfast spot and then back to lodge
•enjoy champagne and a continental breakfast spread, as well as great views
•minimum of 2 guests or single supplement applicable

7.Self guided walking trail•clearly marked

•takes guests up onto a small mountain close to the lodge
•lovely views, great way to stretch the legs and unwind after a long drive
•ideal first afternoon activity

8.Other activities in the area

•quad biking
•hot air ballooning
•scenic flights
•wine tasting to Neuras Estate
•can all be arranged at the lodge by Desert Homestead personnel

•scenic helicopter flights

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