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... east, you're in the shade. This is the only lodge with a pool, so if you enjoy swimming choose this one. Its a long trek...
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... at the structure (beautiful rooms and common areas, swimming pool available) or go for one of the activities. We chose to go...
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... room (stuffy despite having left flaps open), the swimming pool is the only respite but then there's only a tiny area that's...
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EverExploring wrote a review May 2013
Cape Town, South Africa468 contributions168 helpful votes
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There are very few places such as this - which marry comfort in a pristine location with serious eco consciousness. With no grid supplied electricity, just solar panels to generate the power needed by the lodge, the little veggie garden with produce for your salad, the limited water per guest (but still more than enough) and the pipes running your shower water off to the base of an acacia tree in the red desert sand which is solely reliant on your shower water... this is taking eco consciousness to the next level, resulting in a feather light carbon footprint and a wonderful lodge in an extraordinary desert setting.

As a first visit to Namibia, our Sossusvlei experience was memorable, made ever more special by the 3 nights we spent here. In a gorgeous, pastel toned setting, the tents are spacious, well furnished and very comfortable to hang out in. The deck overlooking the dunes with the occasional Oryx wandering past is a perfect place to spend the hot afternoon reading or observing the desert - as it faces east, you're in the shade.

This is the only lodge with a pool, so if you enjoy swimming choose this one. Its a long trek to get here by road (it takes 6.5 hours from Windhoek) but once at Wolwedans you will experience peace and quiet like you have never before.

The night skies are incredible, you can view the Milky Way and many, many clusters of stars. I attach a photo that you will not believe. The southern night skies are spectacular and this reserve with its "dark sky" status allows you to observe them like nowhere else. What is missing here is an astronomer, someone to teach you more about what you're seeing.

The food was good overall. Remembering how remote we were always made us realise that having the right ingredients takes alot of planning and cooking with what you can get takes creativity - and with that the chef manages to pull off a 5 course meal every evening, which is impressive.

The service if warm and friendly, but perhaps at times a tad too slow... but then again, its the desert and who has a train to catch anyway? This place is the perfect antidote to a frenetic city lifestyle.

We would certainly return to this lodge as we had a super time and thought it to be very good value for money.
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Date of stay: May 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: they are all the same, but the closer ones involve less of a walk through the soft sand.
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Response from officemd, officemd at Wolwedans
Responded 03 Jun 2013
Dear Guest Sincere thanks for your visit, and for sharing your experience with TA readers. Thank you, for recognising our efforts at making Wolwedans as eco-friendly as possible, in the middle of nowhere - it is hugely costly and challenging, but all the more rewarding when guests acknowledge the soft footprint. The team will receive your feedback, and will be pleased that they pleased their guest. Your images you posted are lovely, and illustrate you review very well. We wish you 'many happy returns' to Wolwedans and the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Kind regards, ALison
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Giacomo Pianta wrote a review Oct 2019
Zurich, Switzerland70 contributions69 helpful votes
We stayed in September 2019 and only are disappointed with one thing: our stay was too short!
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is simply perfect: it is surrounded by a vast desert in a private reserve (stargazing was unbelievable), where you will make no encounters except for the hotel staff and other guests. You will receive an amazing treatment and you can decide to simply stay at the structure (beautiful rooms and common areas, swimming pool available) or go for one of the activities. We chose to go for a scenic drive with sundowner (incredible) and a bushman walk in the morning: both are highly recommended. The food is great and you will eat at separate tables for breakfast and lunch, however dinner is usually organized around big tables where you have the chance to meet other guests. We found this a good idea, but you can always ask to remain separate from the others if you wish so.
Last comment for those who need such information: Wi-Fi only works in the common areas.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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starfruitsalad wrote a review Jan 2016
London, United Kingdom103 contributions51 helpful votes
The lodge tents are stunning. You really feel surrounded by the desert here, this place felt more remote than any of the other (also remote) lodges we stayed on our trip. Our guide was very sweet - took me and my husband to a stunning sundowner spot. It generally feels like a very peaceful place and staff are always smiling and upbeat.

That said, the heat really was an issue for us - we're a young traveller couple and normally aren't that fussy but we've never experienced discomfort by heat like at Wolwedans: 40C the entire day, no aircon in the room (stuffy despite having left flaps open), the swimming pool is the only respite but then there's only a tiny area that's in the shade. So, you can't escape the heat. I get that this is part of visiting the desert, and it's hugely admirable how they conserve energy and power everything through solar. But honestly a fan in the room and a few more umbrellas by the pool should be a basic feature of a lodge like this.

Given the super expensive prices we paid, I thought this place was a bit lacking in attention to detail. Why not have water jugs out so people can help themselves to water rather than always have to ask for water bottles in the lobby /pool area? One area has a watercooler, but in this heat any other luxury resort would have water jugs EVERYWHERE.

The food was quite nice, although a bit overfussy in the wrong direction: I'd prefer to get a decent Espresso at breakfast and a simple 3 course dinner, not 5 courses that take until 11pm after a day in the heat. Also if you're in on an all-inclusive basis at such a luxurious lodge, you'd expect slightly better wines to be offered - not just 1 entry level wine that tastes horrendous. Little Kulala in Sossusvlei had a much, much better (and large) range of wines to choose from on the all-inclusive basis.

Wifi is pretty much non existent (never worked while we were there), but then again you don't come to a place like Wolwedans to hang around the internet...

This place has so much potential, it feels like it needs an intervention by some hotel school guys who can bring it on par with other resorts in order to command such a price.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jillamy47 wrote a review May 2018
Jersey, United Kingdom59 contributions15 helpful votes
The surrounding scenery is stunning but the drives out are quite long particularly if you are just going out for a Sundowner. Our driver was very good at spotting things ( even a scorpion!) and cared very much about the environment. Our accommodation was excellent. It had its own lounge and plunge pool. It also came with a lovely cook and assistant (organised by our travel agent). In retrospect we would have preferred to have company to eat (we had no choice with the food and one steak I had was very poor). There was also a general bar and a pool for everyone to use. A great place to have a couple of nights on the way to Sesriem.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NamibRand-Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans
Responded 27 May 2018
Thank you for this review. Its much appreciated. Yes, we are also working on introducing some exciting new activities for our guests. These will include E-biking, horseriding and a meditative experience called Solitaire. Thanks again for your time in completing your review and experience with us.
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Swiss-whiskers wrote a review Feb 2017
Bern, Switzerland118 contributions81 helpful votes
Well off the beaten track, but worth the effort to get there. We enjoyed excellent service and a huge tented cabin with incredible views, plus oryx taking shelter from the sun under our deck. Lots of nice touches, such as the library and cake-and-tea tent, plus the pool. He especially loved the decor; she was more excited about all the options for outdoor seating. Food was generally very good, but the dinners run rather late considering that many of the morning activities start quite early.

Our guide Tabitha was so friendly and knowledgeable; we loved our outings with her, including the sundowners, which were probably the best of our whole trip!
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NamibRand-Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans
Responded 22 May 2018
I appreciate your comments on the dinners running late. We are looking at finding clever ways to not cut-back on the gastronomy, however, to also allow for more time to mingle after dinner at the bar with other guests. This will be something we will bring up in our Operations meeting, so as to better serve our clientele's needs. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, your feedback is valuable.
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