Solitare started as just a single cottage in 1948. Christoffel van Coller and his wife Elsie built the cottage and aptly named it Solitaire due to its remote location.
Over the years a few more facilities were added and today you will find a filling station, a small shop, accommodation and Big Moose’s Bakery.
Solitaire is only 83km north of Sesriem Gate and, if only for a taste of Big Moose’s Apple Strudel, is well worth a visit! Take a seat outside of the bakery, in the shade of the trees and feast on this exquisite treat, while ground squirrels and weavers fight over the crumbs that escape your fork.
If you are looking for Solitaire accommodation, Namibgrens Guest Farm is the perfect spot, just 60km’s outside the town.
Solitaire is situated at the junction of main roads C14 (Walvis Bay – Bethanie), and C19 (Sesriem – Sossusvlei), both major tourist routes through the Namib-Naukluft National Park. There is also a well-maintained, hard-sand air strip frequented by charter operators, private aviators and self-fly tourists. AVGas is available by prior arrangement.
As the surrounding area is sparsely populated it is a common stopover for tourists. In addition to the petrol station, public restrooms, restaurant and bakery, the settlement contains a tyre repair workshop. There is a range of accommodation available in and around Solitaire.
With some of the highest sand dunes in the world, the Namib Desert has a number of activities for visitors to enjoy, making it one of the most popular areas to visit in Namibia. Take your pick from a host of activities and experience the desert’s beauty from all angles, from quad-biking in the dunes, to nature walks, to hot-air balloon flights and so much more.