Not All Those Who

Wander Are Lost...

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 desert stopover for more than 60 years. It’s not a town, it’s a state of mind.

With 2 popular lodges and a campground, visitors can explore thousands of acres of Namib desert, grasslands, and rocky foothills on foot, by fat tyre bike and scenic drives.

The Namib-Naukluft area includes Kuiseb Canyon, spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass and Namibia’s Sossusvlei Dunes. 

RoadHOUSE Accomodation

Solitaire Roadhouse

Solitaire Lodge is now Solitaire Roadhouse. New name, same friendly, inclusive service! 

25 spacious rooms wrap around a lush desert garden. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and feature two double beds, wheelchair accessible en-suite bathroom with shower + outdoor seating area. Two family rooms include 2 x additional twin beds, sleeping up to 6 persons. 

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:

Walk-ins always welcome! 

Free WIFI across the property.

Shaded thatch lapas invite lounging by the hotel pool, and activities are available for those who like to stay busy.

Visit the iconic Solitaire Kerk Immanuel Churcg for a window into local history. 

Secluded Lodge Accomodation

Solitaire Mountain Lodge

Just 7km from the village of Solitaire, our secluded Mountain Lodge is 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 private outdoor seating areas.

Lush desert gardens, filled with resident birds and many plant species endemic to Namibia, surround our open-air thatch restaurant.

Enjoy freshly prepared cuisine and select South African wines nightly, while gazing at the Namib’s spectacular night sky from the outdoor terrace.

Whether inclined toward idleness or activity, swimming, hiking and scenic drives are always available.

There is a free shuttle for fly-in guests landing at our Solitaire air strip. 

Solitaire’s Cafe van der Lee

Named for the original proprietor - Dutch author Ton van der Lee - the cafe is open daily for lunch and dinner, serving burgers, salads, fresh pizza, and fish & chips, with cold draft beer and fine South African wines. Vegan? Gluten-free? Veg?

Take in a sunset on our open-air patio. Breathe in the cool night air and watch Orion cartwheel across the southern sky. You’re now ruined for life. 

McGregor’s Desert Bakery

Enjoy fresh baked goods and espresso, the G.O.A.T. Moose McGregor’s famous apple pie, plus take-away sandwiches, fresh meat pies and koeldrankies on the shaded patio. 

Tsondab General Dealer

Supplies, snacks and cool drinks, plus a bottle store with wine from the western Cape. You’ll also find sunscreen, hats, t-shirts, curio’s, books and magazines, an ATM and phone recharge time.

Solitaire Petrol & Tyre Repair

The Namib Desert is hard on automobiles. Solitaire has petrol and diesel, as well as tyre repair/sales, oil and miscellaneous fixes when you need them. We're the only petrol stop between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund! 

Solitaire’s Padkos Stalletjie

No time for a leisurely lunch? Line too long at the bakery? Gotta get to Swakopmund?

Get your freshly made game meat pies, chips and more at Solitaire’s take-away wagon. 

Solitaire Air Field (FYSO)

Elevation: 3506 ft. Runways: 02/20 & 09/27 Coordinates: S23°54’01.5” - E016°00’16.3”

You’re welcome to land at our well-maintained private airstrip at your own risk.

The perfect stop on your air safari: walk to the campground, stay in the Roadhouse, or get a free shuttle to the Mountain Lodge. Day trippers will find food and AV gas by prior arrangement: call ahead with your requests.

Fly-in’s welcome! Emergencies always accommodated.

Solitaire airstrip is available for Medevac rescue - contact LifeLink 24/7: 


Solitaire Desert Camp

Located between Solitaire Roadhouse and the Solitaire air strip, Desert Camp offers spacious shaded camp sites that provide water, 20v electric outlets, and generous ablutions with hot showers.

Bring your telescope campers, because Solitaire believes in Dark Skies.

Light pollution is kept to an absolute minimum through the use of light shields that illuminate the ground and not the sky. Desert Camp is the perfect location for those who want to sleep beneath our amazing Namibian stars.

Solitaire Desert Camp bookings are made directly with Solitaire General Dealer... walk-ins are welcome! 

To book your campsite, please click below or call +264 (0)63-293-619 to make your reservation. 

Solitaire Activities

Scenic Sundowners

At the end of the day, hop in a classic Land Cruiser and enjoy our Scenic Sundowner. On an overlook point with a spectacular view of the Namib Desert, you'll end your day with snacks and cold drinks. Warm Namibian hospitality included. 

Hiking and Mountain Biking

Lodge guests are welcome to hike in the foothills on trails available for all fitness levels. The farm road network is great fun for walking and mountain biking. Solitaire is an unfenced nature reserve; animals are wild and encounters are totally authentic.

Cheetah Sanctuary

The cheetah sanctuary is home to animals born in illegal breeding operations; sadly, they’re now too habituated to humans to be released. We give them what we can: space + quality of life. Limited guided tours give guests a look at these beautiful cats. Learn more about cheetah conservation and our rewilding and habitat projects.


Solitaire Land Trust

The Solitaire Land Trust / Solitaire Conservation Fund is a Landscape-Level conservation project currently protecting 67,000 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. 

Contact Information

Solitaire Roadhouse
Solitaire Mountain Lodge
Desert Camp
Tel Direct: +264 (0) 63 293 619

Tel: +264 (0) 81 560 1400
General Inquires:

Solitaire Airstrip / FYSO
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.

Identifier: FYSO
Elevation: 3506ft.
Runways: 02/20 & 09/27
Coordinates: S23°54’01.5” - E016°00’16.3” 

Solitaire Namibia Map: