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Review: Wilderness Safari Little Clara, Namivia

With its own entrance to the adjacent national park, Little Clara on the Wilderness Safari is one of Namivia's most fascinating attractions: the huge sand dunes and miraculous water drinks of Sossusbray. It is in the best place for the occasion.

After a recent refurbishment, Little Clara has a modern and unobtrusive elegance. Wood and thatch are the main materials, but your attention may be directed to the outside rather than the inside. The lodge enjoys a truly spectacular environment of mountains, plains and rippling sand.

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Where is it?

Deep in the Namib Desert in western Namivia, Little Clara is located in the 65,000-acre Clara Wilderness Reserve. The camp itself is 10 miles south of Sesreim, about 5 hours drive from the capital Windhoek (some along the gravel road). Many guests choose to fly from Windhook International Airport on a light aircraft that takes about an hour.


Namib is the finest landscape. The sky is thrown, the land is empty, and sand, rocks, and mountains look endless. Most of its beauty is of a glittering and striking variety, but there are also softer landscapes, such as rolling hills and grassy plains. If you're lucky, you'll be exposed to the unusual sight of a flowering desert after a rain (probably arriving in March and April, but staying dry for a few years). Dormant grass and shrubs come to life and cover the plains with yellow flowers.

The rest of the year is not so spectacular. The grass dries quickly, sparkling gold in the bright red sand of the dunes, reaching a height of 1,250 feet. The mornings and evenings are particularly impressive and shine in the diagonal sunshine.

Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia
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With activity Game Drive

It may not be a lodge to check out the Big Five, but Little Clara is an intriguing rare wildlife – and the Wilderness Safari guide is delighted to show it off. .. Big games you'll definitely see include Oryx, Zebra, and Ginkgo. Less often, you may also find brown hyenas, jackals, ardwolfs, and bat ears foxes. But the little creatures, and their role in this unique ecosystem, are just as interesting. Walking safari is a great way to find out about insects and birds that support life in the desert.

Sossusvlei oasis, Namibia
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However The main attractions are the two towering clay pots, Sossusvlei (top) and Deadvlei (bottom and bottom). Sand dunes. An early morning visit using the lodge's private entrance to the national park can be a highlight of your trip. No other place offers a clear contrast, like the lush oasis of Sossusbray, a rich source of water in the desert, or Deadbray, once similar but now a dry shadow of one's own. ..

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Other Activities include excursions to Sezlime Canyon, short 4x4 drives, and desert quad bike tours. Landscape scale. Or, more peacefully, explore on an electric bike with sand-friendly fat tires or watch the sun rise from hot air balloons (for an additional fee) before a luxurious champagne breakfast.

Accommodation and dining

Little Clara consists of 11 spacious cabins, each with a wide wraparound sundeck, private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers, There is a roof terrace and an outdoor bed overlooking the starry sky. .. All cabins are air-conditioned and, like all other cabins in the camp, are powered by solar power.

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All Like the Wilderness Safaris Lodge, the food is plentiful and delicious. Meals are aracult and served at individual tables (rather than the communal dining experience preferred in some camps), with two or three options per course. Both local and international flavors contribute to a wide range of games, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

When to go

Sossusvlei is a year-round destination and activities are similar throughout, but more comfortable during the winter months of June, July and August. Tend to be. Warm clothing is required as the average daytime temperature during this period is approximately 28 ° C and can be below freezing at night. Prices are lower during the summer when temperatures often approach 40 ° C. If you want to maximize the chances of seeing the nutritional benefits of rainfall, aim for March or April. However, keep in mind that it is not guaranteed.

Deadvlei, Namibia
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Price and Booking

Off-peak rate of Little Clara(Available from January to March 2023) Based on sharing with two people, starting from about £ 575 per person per night increase. Room rates include food, drinks and most activities. Round-trip flights to the lodge are not included. This lodge is part of Wilderness Safari'sNatural Wonders of Namibiaitinerary. Alternatively, you can include it in your bespoke trip. ContactWildernessSafarisfor more information. Flights to Windhoek are available from around £ 700 on Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) or Qatar Airways (via Doha).