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#1 of 1 small hotel in NamibRand Nature Reserve
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The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions & capturing the beauty of the desert. The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms has a private verandah, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is like sleeping under the stars. The main complex consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool, suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto decks with superb views. The variety of recreational space makes a visit both exciting & relaxing. To make the most of your view, we recommend staying three nights.
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Free parking
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NamibRand Nature Reserve 9000 Namibia
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Relax759129 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Most wonderful place on earth! The views are absolutely spectacular and the staff makes the experience unforgettable. We stayed in Plains camp for four days with a family of seven and these were definitely our most special days in Namibia! We celebrated Christmas here and our hostess Pewa together with chef Ephraim prepared the most amazing christmas dinner for us below the nightsky. Our guide Benny showed us all around the reserve during these four days and told us everything about the dessert. We did sundowners, daydrives, an e-bike tour, horse riding and really, everything was amazing!! The lodge is a forerunner in sustainability which is really cool to experience right in the middle of the dessert. Everything is possible here!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Maria S wrote a review Jun 2023
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions38 helpful votes
OMG. This pace has got to be the MOST amazing place in Namibia. There are three seperate camps to choose from, Boulders, The Lodge & Dunes. We stayed at Dunes. Exactly as it sounds, red sand dunes. Amazing glamping tents with an indoor & an outdoor bathroom. The landscape is completely different at each camp. The base camp is unbelievable. They recycle everything including food scraps, leftover timber & metal scraps. They are doing everything to reduce their carbon footprint. They train staff in hospitality & welding & are looking at starting a course in engineering. They got rid of all the plastic water bottles & replaced them with glass & their own filtered still & flat water.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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KI-NRT wrote a review Feb 2023
Ashiya, Japan1758 contributions429 helpful votes
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This was the first of four properties we stayed at during our Namibia sojourn. We were torn about whether to visit the NamiBrand Nature Reserve over more time in the Damaraland region. In hindsight, we are glad with our choice - it offered enough variety and contrast compared to other parts of Namibia, and the fine people that supported our stay were arguably the best of the bunch. We opted to stay at the Mountain View Suite, which is on the premises of Desert Lodge (formerly known as Dunes Lodge) but is a self-contained unit that comes with a private vehicle/guide and chef, and is far enough away from the main lodge that it provides an air of intimacy and tranquility that we seek in our safari experiences. It also is the best situated - the MVS is at the far end of the lodge, giving it an expansive view down the valley as well as the mountains in the distance. It's a massive, 107m² Suite with separate dining, kitchen, lounge, living and sleeping areas as well as an enormous 118m² deck that features a plunge pool as well as a waterhole that is literally right outside the deck. Since Lions and Leopards do not roam the area, they were able to place the waterhole very close to the room, giving us awesome views of Jackals, Springboks, Oryxes and a variety of birds that frequented the oasis to quench their thirst. The MVS is due to be renovated in the near future (we were told that we may very well be the last guests to stay at the current iteration of the Suite), we did not feel it to be lacking when it came to creature comforts. In fact, given its location we felt that it did a great job blending in and giving it a good sense of place. Also, unlike the other rooms at Wolwedans, the MVS offered WiFi throughout the entire unit, which came in very handy for the both of us. The biggest benefit of the MVS had to do with the private guide and chef. Not only were we able to do what we wanted, when we wanted to, we really got to know our guide (Jakes) and chef (Selma), learning about their life, hopes and dreams. They are remarkable people that soon became friends rather than staff members. While the landscape and scenery are undoubtedly the primary reason to visit such a place, we soon found that the people are also a star attraction in Namibia in general and Wolwedans in particular. The majority of our three days were spent driving around and exploring the area, enjoying the gorgeous scenery and marveling at the various wildlife that have adapted to such a harsh environment. We also took a balloon flight (it's a very early morning departure, though!), a tour of Wolwedans' operations and their efforts at sustainability and staff training, and a Bushman walk with Boetie, a descendant of the Bushmen that used to live in a way that is reminiscent of people in the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy." If there is one thing you can't miss while at Wolwedans, the Bushman walk is it. Our next stop in our Namibia adventure was the Sossusvlei area, which is only about 75 minutes away by ground transfer, which begs the question: is it worth staying at both places? My answer is YES. While Sossusvlei is definitely a bucket list place, we felt that the scenery and environment were sufficiently different in both places, and since vast NamiBrand reserve does not allow private vehicles to traverse the area, it was a far more peaceful place to pass the time. I definitely recommend splitting your stay between both places.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mildred2011 wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom212 contributions164 helpful votes
Sustainability philosophy in action The lodge and its neighbours are all supported by a base village where some really impressive recycling takes place and where the hospitality school is located Really interesting to see water recovery system, salads grown in recycled yoghurt pots and sent out still growing, glass crushing to make bricks and sand filled plastic water bottles used to build walls Lodge staff excellent and always super helpful- guides extremely knowledgeable and the bushman’s walk is a must Food is varied maybe as a result of too much preparation at base village before being sent up to the lodge Please use more glass bottles for water rather than the plastic ones still given out - the Wilderness camp’s model is an example of no plastic bottles in use! Donate a tree to the foundation is the way we tourists can support an exceptional foundation to give the environment and local people a more sustainable future
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Bushman’s walk a must
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Responded 31 Aug 2022
Hi Mildred Thank you for this wonderful review and highlighting the the Village and all the work we do there. It means a great deal to us when guests really get what we are constantly striving to achieve. We're working on the plastic bottles and we are rolling out our own bottling plant so that we can get rid of using the awful plastic ones. I'll pass on this great review to everyone at Wolwedans. Best, Keri - The Wolwedans Team
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HM_from_NH wrote a review Apr 2022
Hanover, New Hampshire73 contributions78 helpful votes
We have travelled fairly extensively, and Wolwedans has one of the most spectacular settings of any lodge we have seen. The tents are amazingly comfortable, particularly for a location this remote. The staff -- well, they are simply the best. We enjoyed every minute of our stay there and hated to leave. You won't be disappointed. A truly magical place.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: The rooms (tents) and have similar (and spectacular) views
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martinesamoy wrote a review Mar 2022
Izegem, Belgium3 contributions1 helpful vote
We just want to say some thoughts we have concerning the policy of the Wolwedans lodges. All over Namibia there are expensive lodges and there is nothing wrong with it. But when one make one of the most beautiful surroundings of the country private and only put accommodation at extremely high rates…This is so wrong! They have very fancy words to justify their policy that is nothing more than ‘earning as much money as possible’. Nobody has the right to claim a beautiful place of this size for the few rich. The treasures of mother earth are for everyone. We all live on the same planet. Installing a campsite for some tents won't overcrowd the reserve and gives the opportunity to ALL people to enjoy this extremely beauty. It seems that they don’t want to deal with ‘lower people’.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Max_Trancart wrote a review Aug 2021
Geneva, Switzerland15 contributions5 helpful votes
This stop is a must when coming to Namibia. From the moment we booked out trip, we knew that 1 night in this magical place would not be enough. this place blew our minds. From the kindness of the people, to the landscapes, the activities, the food, EVERYTHING was perfect. We cannot recommend this place enough, it was absolutely magical. We will be back, definitely. The Trancart Family
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Date of stay: August 2021
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KristinMW wrote a review Aug 2021
Brussels172 contributions193 helpful votes
Stunning landscapes ; gorgeous lodges in sync with nature ; fantastic knowledgeable guide and excellent cook (jakes and John); And quite exceptional : a paradise for activity lovers - ebiking and hiking - this is hard to find in Namibian lodges
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We flew in per private flight, arranged by wolwedans reservations, highly recommended
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AlanC C wrote a review Nov 2019
England, United Kingdom36 contributions25 helpful votes
Rooms are perched high on the dune with expansive views. They are large, well-equiped and sufficiently far from the restaurant area to offer privacy whilst sufficiently easy to access after a bottle of wine to mean that there is no strain. The food is excellent and the service first class. Stars at night are crystal clear (best with little moon) and the excursions unforgettable. We were told "not as much wildlife as Etosha", which is true, but the variety (if you discount oryx) was immense. Bat-eared foxes, spotted eagle owls, pale chanting goshawks catching hairy footed gerbils, hartmann's zebra etc etc. Want to return! Cold at night and first thing in the morning.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Room Tip: All rooms are good; the further you walk from the restaurant, the greater your privacy.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Wolwedans
What are some of the property amenities at Wolwedans?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Wolwedans?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Wolwedans?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wolwedans?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Wolwedans have airport transportation?
Yes, Wolwedans offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Wolwedans?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Wolwedans have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.