E-bikes, dune hikes and hot-air balloon flights are all part of the new andBeyond experience.
After a 10-month rebuild, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has finally reopened. And while the new design by South Africa-based Fox Browne Creative is magnificent, it’s the new activities that will really get travellers excited. andBeyond has stepped up the adventure level on its new lodge activities, giving guests a chance to explore the private reserve surrounding the lodge.
A number of new excursions allow guests to immerse themselves in the andBeyond Sossulsvlei Private Desert Reserve. Set out on foot or by quad bike to explore the living desert surrounding the lodge, including the reserve’s iconic star dunes. These uncommon dunes are the only ones in Namibia to be found on a private reserve. Alternatively, spend time learning about the reserve’s unique ecology or the history of the area through rock art.
And while what happens on the ground is truly fascinating, the Namib Desert’s crystal-clear night skies make the lodge perfect for stargazing. The lodge is home to a state-of-the-art observatory and telescope, as well as a resident astronomer, who will teach guests more about the southern sky.
Speaking of the sky, guests are now able to experience the lodge and its surrounds from the lofty heights of a hot-air balloon or a scenic helicopter flight. You’ll get awe-inspiring views of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millions of years, and skim the edge of the dune field from your balloon.
If taking the park at your own pace seems more like your thing though, you’ve still got options. E-bikes are available to explore many of the park’s trails, while others can only be traversed on foot. The more adventurous even have the option to combine the two on a ‘bike and hike’ adventure.