Come for a Sundowner...
Stay for the Stars
Overnight At our Namib Desert Lodges & Campsites
Welcome to Solitaire!
This remote settlement, at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, has been a welcome stopover for more than 60 years. A thirsty traveler will find cold drinks, coffee, lunch, and our world famous apple pie.
At our eclectic Solitaire Garage, you can also fill up on petrol, have your tyres repaired, and stretch your legs between the long drive from Swakopmund to Sessriem.
We also have 2 popular lodges plus a campground if you'd like to overnight with us.
The Namib-Naukluft area includes Kuiseb Canyon, spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass and Namibia’s Sossusvlei Dunes.
One can explore thousands of acres of Namib desert, grasslands, and rocky foothills on mapped hiking trails, fat tyre bikes and scenic drives .
Solitaire sits just below the Tropic of Capricorn at the center of the 45,000 acre Solitaire Land Trust, dedicated to preserving the grassland ecosystem and the wild animals that reside here. Land Trust holdings reach from the base of the Great African Escarpment to the Namib – the oldest desert in the world.
McGregor's Desert Bakery
Enjoy fresh baked goods and espresso, Moose's famous apple pie, plus take-away sandwiches, cold drinks and much more.
Cafe van der Lee
We're open daily for lunch and dinner at Cafe van der Lee, serving burgers, salads, fresh pizza, fish & chips, and specials with cold draft beer and fine South African wines.
Tsondab General Dealer
You'll find ice, snacks, water, sodas, beer, and a nice selection of wine from the western Cape inside our Tsondab General Dealer. You can also get sunscreen, hats & t-shirts, playing cards, ATM cash and phone recharge time.
Solitaire Petrol & Tyre Repair
The Namib Desert is hard on automobiles. Solitaire sells petrol and diesel, as well as tyre repair/sales, oil and miscellaneous fixes when you need them. Note that we're the only petrol stop between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.
Our 25 spacious Solitaire Lodge rooms wrap around a courtyard pool and delightful desert garden. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and feature two double beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, and an outdoor seating area. Our two family rooms each include two additional twin beds, sleeping up to 6 persons.
There is free WIFI at various points across the property. Shaded thatch lapas invite lounging by the pool, with many activities available for those who like to stay busy.
Guests enjoy breakfast and dinner at Cafe van der Lee and can watch the sunset from our open-air bar. Sit back and relax as this historic little village becomes a quiet, star-filled oasis after dark. Contact reservations for more information about our SADC rates.
Our 10 shaded camp sites also include water, 220v electric and shared ablutions. Reserve via firstname.lastname@example.org ... walk-ins welcome!
Solitaire Desert Camp
Situated between Solitaire Lodge and the Solitaire Airfield, Solitaire Desert Camp offers spacious shaded camp sites that provide water andF20v electric outlets.
For those who want to sleep under the vast Namibian sky, Solitaire Desert Camp is the perfect location.
Because Solitaire is a Dark Night Community, light pollution is kept to an absolute minimum through the use of light shields that illuminate the ground and not the sky.
Make sure to bring your telescope along with your tent and camping gear because the stars at Solitaire's Desert Camp are stunning to behold.
Solitaire Desert Camp bookings are made directly with Solitaire General Dealer... walk-ins are welcome!
To book your campsite, please click the button below or call
+264 (0)63-293-619 to make your reservation.
Secluded Moutain Lodge
Solitaire Desert Farm
Just 7km from the village of Solitaire, is our award-winning Solitaire Desert Farm hidden at the base of the rugged Rand Mountains.
With a maximum capacity of just 35 guests, it offers a superlative experience in nature, including 10 spacious air-conditioned rooms that feature en-suite bathrooms and outdoor seating areas.
Lush desert gardens, filled with resident birds and many plant species endemic to Namibia, surround our thatch restaurant.
Enjoy freshly prepared cuisine and select South African wines every night while gazing upon the Namib’s spectacular night sky from the outdoor terrace. Whether intent on idleness or activity, swimming, hiking and scenic drives are always available.
There is a free shuttle by prior arrangement for fly-in guests landing at our Solitaire air strip.
Overnight guests can take a free breakfast pack for an early-departure day trip to Sossusvlei and its famous dunes. There are also excellent self-drive day excursions from Solitaire including Spreetshoogte Pass and Kuiseb Canyon. We also have the following local activities:
At the end of the day, hop in a classic Land Cruiser to enjoy a Scenic Sundowner.
On an overlook point with a spectacular sunset view of the Namib Desert, you'll have Snacks and Cold Drinks. Warm Namibian hospitality included.
Hiking & Mountain Biking
Lodge guests are invited to hike in the foothills on marked trails created for all levels of fitness.
Our farm roads are also great fun for walking and mountain biking!
The Cheetah Sanctuary is a home to animals who cannot be released at this time. We are looking for solutions to release them back into the wild.
We offer a guided tour to observe and learn more about these beautiful cats and cheetah conservation. Reservations are required.
Solitaire Land Trust
The Solitaire Land Trust / Solitaire Conservation Fund is a Landscape-Level conservation project currently protecting 45,000 acres of semi-arid grassland habitat between the Great African Escarpment and the eastern edge of the Namib desert.
Degraded by drought and over-grazing, these former cattle farms are fragmented by abandoned fences that interfere with the natural movement of wildlife in search of food, water and reproductive opportunities.
This ancient ecosystem is home to protected and endangered plant and animal species that have evolved over countless millennia to survive in a dry and difficult habitat.
This sparsely populated area, unsuitable for agriculture, is adjacent to one of the largest game parks in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The park, however scenic, is mostly rocks, sand dunes and gravel plains. Critical grasslands and watersheds to the east are largely on fenced-off, private property.
Ungulates require the ability to move freely in search of grazing and water. Our keystone species, like cheetah, require healthy prey populations to exist in this harsh ecosystem. As climate change intensifies, more unimpeded tracts of productive land will be needed to support an intertwined web of wild animals and prevent their extinction. Even common species may experience population crashes under the pressure of a warming climate and habitat loss.
How It Works:
The village of Solitaire is the main funding vehicle for our conservation projects. Every cup of coffee, every piece of apple pie purchased, contributes to conservation. We believe that sustainable tourism supports conservation, not only by allowing us to revitalize the landscape and restore its biodiversity, but through job creation and training in tourism and science, giving all citizens a stake in the future of a healthy Namib.
Since taking over management in 2015, we have achieved a 50% savings in water usage through xeriscaping, infrastructure repair and conservation. We are in the planning stages of a water recycling project that will serve all our irrigation needs.
Power & Light:
We’re currently building a solar park to provide 50% of our daytime power needs. Tourism requires electricity. We do our best to ameliorate its effects on this remote and ancient desert through improved building practices and closely managing power usage.
Let’s all turn down the lights! In our quest for a return to dark skies, we’ve removed 40% of existing light fixtures and reduced wattage in what remains. We're on track to have no floodlights and no unshielded bulbs on the property. Western Namibia is blessed with one of the darkest night skies in the world. Pollution from artificial light interferes with our ability to see the dazzling natural night sky, and negatively impacts the normal functioning of nocturnal species.
We recycle refuse that was previously burned or simply buried in the desert; over 20 tons of scrap metal were removed for recycling since 2016. Thousands of tourists pass through Solitaire, and many tons of refuse are sent to a recycling facility each year. After 60+ years of farming impact, an estimated 1 ton of scrap metal remains for processing and removal.
We take them down.
Tel: +264 (0) 63 293619
General Inquires: email@example.com
Solitaire Desert Farm
Tel: +264 (0) 63 293619
General Inquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +264 (0) 81 560 1400
Contact for Pilots: +264 (0) 81 143 6166
Solitaire has a well-maintained private airstrip which pilots are welcome to use at their own risk. AVGas can be made available by pre-order.
Runways: 02/20 & 09/27
Coordinates: S23°54’01.5” - E016°00’16.3”