Nestled at the southern extremity of Namibia’s Namib Desert, in the Karas region, lies the newly opened Sonop. This luxurious tented camp was constructed on top of boulders and designed to recreate a refined British colonial experience dating back to the early 20th century. Here you will taste complete isolation while enjoying the ultimate in comfort in this out-of-the-ordinary lodge. The day begins with a daily scenic sunrise drive and ends with an opulent gastronomic experience, where silverware and candelabras set the mood, enhanced by flawless black-tie and white glove service, and attention to detail – just like throughout the facilities at the camp. The lodge is richly furnished with antiques made of fine materials, colourful carpets and precious wood – a sophistication that contrasts starkly with the simplicity of the endless awe-inspiring surroundings.
Sonop consists of ten spacious tents, of which 8 are one-bedroom tents (sleeping 2 adults) and 2 are two-bedroom tents (4 adults and 2 children). The 2-bedroom tents, which are particularly suitable for families, consist of two wide double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a shared living room. All tents offer several roll-up canvas openings with panoramic views and a large bedroom(s). The separate bathroom comes with a double washbasin, a large copper bathtub, which is combined with a rain shower. The bedroom features a four-poster bed with a king-size mattress, a distinct living area with comfortable armchairs, a desk and a telescope to view the distant surroundings. For the ultimate comfort, Sonop also offers a spa with 2 double treatment rooms, a fitness centre, a heated outdoor infinity pool, a pool bar, a cocktail and cigar lounge, stables and a private airstrip.
Why we like it here
At Sonop everything is orientated towards the desert’s richness: All views are awe-inspiring and a large list of adventures allows guests to admire the desert’s genuine beauty at leisure.
Breathtaking outdoor excursions are offered at Sonop within the 5 600 ha of the private reserve including exploring the desert by foot, horse-riding and electric mountain bikes.
Enjoy sundowners at the cocktail and cigar lounge, which evokes the splendour of colonial times.
Things to be aware of
The minimum age for children is 6 years.
Sonop has plenty of stairs – 461 to be exact – and around 1 km of pathways, making it challenging for guests with limited mobility.
Guests get to enjoy two scenic drives a day, but these are not private.