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Location:NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

NamibRand Nature Reserve


Sonop, sister lodge to Omaanda and another impressive Zannier property in Namibia, is one of the most luxurious lodges in the country. Opulence in a place so remote and removed you could be on another planet altogether.

Built on boulders, the 10 luxury tents are decorated for the 20th century explorer (of the aristocratic type). You will find ultra-modern amenities woven into 1920s colonial excess.

On a nature reserve between the NamibRand Reserve and the Tiras Mountains, 20km from the nearest town, Betta, you’re in the heart of desert country. A landscape of breathgiving open savannas, mountainous outcrops, ochre sand dunes and a gargantuan blue sky. Everywhere you look a vast expanse. A window to the soul of the desert.

At Sonop every detail is thought out. Not a single falling leaf left to chance. The pure definition of decadent, tasteful decadence to be sure, but decadent nonetheless.

If you have high expectations, expect them to be met and exceeded. We could say that about the setting alone. And if it’s a fine dining experience you want, you’re in for a treat. It’s a gastronomic affair from start to end. Activities explore nature and the genuine beauty of the surrounds, which you’ll come to learn, is hard to truly comprehend when you see it all in front of you. Roll up the canvas sides to your tent and relax. This is prime solitude. Welcome to Sonop.


Fully inclusive of all meals and beverages (except premium sprits and champagne); 10 Luxury tents, 2 of which are 2 bedroomed; all offering king-sized double or twin beds; en-suite bathrooms with double vanity, rainfall shower and bath; living area with a view; dressing table; writing desk; integrated sound system; Bluetooth connectivity; WiFi; safe; telephone; hairdryer; telescope; Nespresso machine; coffee & tea station; air-conditioning / heating; luggage racks

Heated infinity swimming pool; pool bar; restaurant; cocktail bar; cigar lounge; spa; fitness centre; relaxation area; tailor-made concierge; laundry service; private airstrip

No children under 6 years of age.


Morning and afternoon scenic drives to explore the vast desert surrounds. It would be hard to find another destination that offers an endless landscape like this. Then add the sunset and you’ve captured a moment you’ll treasure forever.

Head off on a mountain or trail bike if you ‘re looking to get in a little exercise, but fear not, this is an E-bike which means you’re not expected to do all the leg work yourself. The reward, an incredible feeling of being out in the oldest desert in the world.

With their own stables on the property, they offer 30 minute horse rides as an activity included in your stay. A peaceful way to explore the area in quiet. Immerse yourself in nature. Take it all in.

An astronomy experience takes your focus to the incredible dark night sky. A ceremony. Pick and name a star to be recorded at the lodge. A small part of a world way beyond your own is now yours.

The open-air cinema will see you watching an old classic projected under the stars and the moon pool-side. Beanbags and loungers. Snacks and drinks. An experience you won’t have elsewhere.

Optional extra activities would include hot air ballooning; a full day Sossusvlei Safari with a champagne picnic brunch; scenic flights over the dunes. These activities are additional and charged at additional rates.

In a place as serene as this, the idea is to simply relax and there’s plenty of that to be done here. Why not enjoy a spa treatment (or two or three) in one of two double treatment rooms? And as can be expected throughout, get lost in the endless views.

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About Us

Ulrike helped us plan our safari for 2 years... patience of a saint and the insight and knowledge of a true local.