Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
NamibRand - Namibia
The Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is set in this magnificent NamibRand reserve and it is perched on top of a dune plateau, constructed on wooden platforms with a 360deg view of the Namib Desert. The combination of these structures, with large canvas blinds and windows that open up to the surrounding desert, reflects the ambiance of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building.
The main complex consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a swimming pool, a fireplace, tea deck, a library, wine cellar and two dining rooms. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto verandahs with magnificent desert vistas. Guests have to book in at a reception point, where they will be transported to the lodge.
Accommodation is in 9 spacious chalets. Each has it's own en-suite bathroom, that leads onto a private veranda with views of vast stretches of untouched sand. It has been noted by many of their guests that 'sleeping with your canvas blinds open, is as good as sleeping under the stars.'
Activities are many and can be enjoyed on foot, by car, or from the air. The Lodge's experienced guides will introduce their guests to the desert's habitat and diverse fauna and flora, and will accompany them into the desert, enlightening them of the wilderness's own history and residents.
Morning or afternoon drives, full-day safari picnics in the wild, one or two half-day excursions or perhaps sundowners on the dunes or dinners by candlelight, can all be arranged. As an additional treat hot-air ballooning, complete with champagne breakfast, are a popular activity offering views of Sossusvlei and on clear days the Diamond Coast.
Alternatively, guests can simply laze around in the afternoon, admiring the views and multi-changing colours of the area from the lodge's swimming pool, uniquely suspended above the sand!
Every visitor helps to sustain the Reserve, by paying a fixed daily park-fee, which is channeled directly into the conservation of NamibRand Nature Reserve. Although the daily management of the Reserve is adequately funded through tourism, special projects require additional funding. To help fund such projects, the Reserve has established the NamibRand Conservation Foundation. This independent organization raises funds through initiatives, such as the Adopt-a-Fairy-Circle Project.
This fascinating area of Namibia, is a photographer's dream, with the incredible and abundant contrasts of colour that can be seen from Wolwedans Dunes Lodge.
An interesting point to mention is that all of the chalets and tents at Wolwedans are designed in such a way that they can be dismantled easily, and within six months, the nature it resided on will restore itself, and there will be no trace that the camp ever existed.
It is the philosophy of the Wolwedans to be more than just a collection of camps. In their own words ' it's ethos lies in setting an example in responsible tourism, the empowerment of its employees and its commitment to the conservation of NamibRand Nature Reserve.'
A recent and very welcome addition to Wolwedans is the newly created Desert Academy. Their students will be given hands-on experience in all departments including laundry, kitchen, housekeeping, guiding, administration, maintenance and front of house skills.
- Sundowner drives
- 1-2 hours duration travelling about 10 km into the dunes where drinks will be served to enhance the wonderful sunsets. The return drive is in the dark and brings you back just in time for dinner. Try out one sunset in the dunes and one at the lodge/camp
- Morning or afternoon drives
- cover a distance of about 40-50 km and take 3-four hours. Afternoon scenic drives are often combined with sunset in the dunes.
- Day drives
- a truly memorable excursion. Covering a distance of about 120 km it offers the highest degree of diversity as well as a better understanding of the dimensions of the NamibRand Conservancy. Also a delicious picnic lunch is served in the middle of nowhere! The day drive leaves after breakfast and returns approximately an hour before sunset.
- Scenic Flights
- Scenic flights are a popular activity at Wolwedans. Commencing during the late afternoon, and giving you a birds-eye view of the Diamond Coast and Sossusvlei this is a truly exhilarating and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- The perfect combination of the starkness of Sossusvlei and the wild beauty of NamibRand provides the perfect backdrop for amateur and professional photographers alike. The incredible and abundant contrasts of colour and form in the landscapes will give ample opportunity for the perfect shot.
Drift over the dune fields at Sossusvlei and enjoy a champagne breakfast wherever the wind takes you
light aircraft regularly depart on scenic flights over Sossusvlei and its surroundings
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is situated about 400 km south-west of Windhoek close to Sossusvlei and can be reached with any car. The driving time from Windhoek, Swakopmund, Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop is approx. five to six hours (traveling at leisure). We recommend a two to three night stay at the Wolwedans portfolio of camps, arriving for lunch or at least in the early afternoon to join the afternoon scenic drive. Should you miss this drive, you will still go on a day-tour the next morning. However, please plan to arrive at least two hours before sunset.
- Coming from the North
From Windhoek you travel South via Rehoboth, Kobos, Klein Aub, Rietoog and Buellspoort (B 1, C 24, 47, D 1206) onto the D 854. Where you intercept the D 36 turn left and after some 5-km's turn right onto the D 845. Travel some 16-km's and turn left onto the C 27 (was D826). You stay on the C 27 (was D826) heading South until you reach the first NamibRand signboard. Carry on straight and remain on this road for approx. 45 km until you will find the Wolwedans gate on the right hand side. Follow the signs to the Wolwedans farmhouse/reception, which is another 20 km's from the gate. From here you will be transferred to the Wolwedans Dune Camp or Wolwedans Dune Lodge. Please do note leave the main road!
Coming from Windhoek you can alternatively choose the scenic routes via Gamsberg Pass, Spreetshoogte Pass or Remhoogte Pass all ending at Solitaire. From Solitaire you head South via D 36 and 845 to C 27 (was D826).
From Swakopmund or Walvis Bay you will travel on C 14 and D 36 via Solitaire to the D 845 and C 27 (was D826). Coming from Sesriem, head South on the D 826 until you reach the Wolwedans gate. Note not to enter the D 845 by driving straight on but turn right to continue on C 27 (was D826).
- Coming from the south
- No matter where you come from, to the west of Maltahöhe the D 827 meets the C 27 (was D826). From this point continue North on the C 27 (was D826) past the BP filling station for approx. 30-km's where you will find the Wolwedans gate on the left hand side. Follow the description above to the Wolwedans farmhouse.
This small luxury camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Lodge collection. It is situated around 45km south of the other lodges and therefore offers an insight into a different aspect of the NamibRand Nature Reserve
Dunes Camp is the simplest of the establishments on the Namib Rand reserve. Accommodation comes in the form of dome tents each with own bathroom.
Wooden units built on platforms overlooking the NamibRand Reserve. As with all the Wolwedans properties expect some of the best views in Namibia, great food and excellent service
An upmarket extension to the Dunes Lodge
Ever fancied your own house surrounded by nothing but the Namib Desert? This luxurious property gives you just that, and way more
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