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Solitaire Country Lodge

Solitaire - Namibia

Solitaire is a small settlement in central Namibia, near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It currently features the only petrol station, post office, and general dealer between the dunes at Sossusvlei, and the coast at Walvis Bay. Solitaire Country Lodge is situated in Solitaire, some 83kms from Sesriem, the entrance to Sossusvlei. It is also an ideal base to explore the Naukluft Mountains.

The area was named Solitaire by the wife of the original homesteader, Willem Christoffel van Coller, who purchased the farm in 1948. The name was chosen because solitaire can mean a single set diamond and solitude or loneliness. Combined, these two meanings create the definition of being unique, or a one-of-a-kind and a precious, but solitary place.

For most of the year Solitaire is the proverbial one horse town, but during the tourist season it becomes very busy, with visitors heading to the dunes from either Swakopmund or Windhoek passing through.

There is a restaurant and bar that serves set menu's for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet style meals can be arranged for larger groups. There is a laundry service, Internet facility in the main office, secure parking and the lodge is wheelchair and child friendly.

This mystic little settlement, does justice to its name in more than one way. As a stopover on your tour of southwestern Namibia and on the way to Sossusvlei, it is a must. The general dealer store offers home home-baked bread, apple pie, drinks, fuel and a much-used tyre repair service. Unfortunately 'Moose McGregor' who received wide coverage for his shop's apple pie passed away in 2014 but his memory and apple pie live on forever!

There are 25 en-suite, fairly basic bedrooms, including 2 family rooms that sleep 5 people. Each room has two single beds/ double bed, with a fan and a tea/coffee station.. All of the rooms face the central courtyard, and there is a huge swimming pool in the centre of the yard.

There are a number of walking trails that start and finish at the lodge. A guide and a telescope can be booked for guests interested in a 'Stargazing' night walk. Scenic self-drives and spectacular sunsets can be taken from the top of the escarpment, through Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte pass.

Solitaire has an air-strip where transfers to and from the lodge can be organized.

Solitaire is known in The Netherlands because of the book of the same name, by Dutch author Ton van der Lee dealing with his experiences here.

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activities at the lodge
Drive to Sossusvlei
Although Solitaire Country Lodge is fairly far from Sossusvlei it can still be used as a base to visit the dunes - you will need to set out fairly early though as the park gates at Sesriem are about an hours drive from Solitaire - and from there it is a further hours drive to the dunes
activities in the area

Ballooning over Sossusvlei

Drift over the dune fields at Sossusvlei and enjoy a champagne breakfast wherever the wind takes you

Scenic Flights

light aircraft regularly depart on scenic flights over Sossusvlei and its surroundings

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Map of Solitaire Country Lodge

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Directions to the lodge

Situated in the small settlement of Solitaire - about 80km from Sossusvlei on the C14

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Ababis Guest Farm

One of the regions oldest farms, suitable for dune and Naukluft Mountain visits

Barchan Dune Retreat

A small lodge situated close to the spectacular Spreetzhoogte pass and around 10km from Solitaire

Kuangukuangu Luxury Cabin

A private and secluded hide-a-way in the Namib Desert. Ideal for those wanting a break from civilization

Rostock Ritz

Excellent food, too far to be the ideal base to visit Sossusvlei, good stop en-route to Swakopmund after night nearer the dunes

Solitaire Country Lodge

Budget option in Namibia's most famous one-horse town

Solitaire Guest Farm

Friendly owners and a stunning setting about 60km from Sesriem

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve

Explore the spectacular desert around this property or use it as a base to visit Sossusvlei.

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