Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (formerly Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge) is situated in the northern foothills of the 184,000ha, privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve, some 26kms from Sesriem. The split-level lodge has a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting area and a mezzanine library with CD/ book collection, all encompassed in wraparound verandas. The Safari Shop has an assortment of branded goods and clothing. At sunset, wildlife can be observed from the viewing deck, the perfect excuse for a sundowner. 10 stone and glass split-level desert suites have been built in the side of a mountain. Each suite is equipped to cope with the climatic extremes of the desert. Air-conditioning and outside showers for those hot summer days, and an en-suite, glass-encased bathroom and an inviting fireplace for those cold winter evenings. There is a large star-viewing window above the bed, and the rooms are equipped with a CD system, a personal compact telescope, and a service-intercom to the main lodge. The powerful telescope provides exceptional opportunities to observe the cosmos, as well as game viewing, all from the comfort of your own room. The suites are generously spaced apart for extra privacy, with a shaded deck to marvel at the wonderful horizons of the Namib Desert. There is also a swimming pool, fed by an underground spring.