Barchan Dune Retreat

Reviews of Barchan Dune Retreat

Excellent(92%) From 24 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 24 of our travellers who have visited Barchan Dune Retreat, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr G B & Ms F S - Colchester
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

As the name suggests: a "retreat" - very peaceful, quiet location; welcoming hosts and great food served in the hosts' dining room.

Could happily have stayed here another night, but was great as a stop over to break the journey.

They were apparently expecting us for lunch, but we had not noticed that. Not sure what happened there.

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Dr J & Ms G - the best of Namibia
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

We loved this place and wished we had been here for the whole duration of our stay in the region (rather than at the N-N Lodge).

Very welcoming hosts, lovely meals shared around a communal table with the hosts, free-flowing good wine included, lovely accommodation, superb views. A refreshing place to spent our last proper day in Namibia.

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Taylor family holiday - a month in Namibia
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Escape from it all at Barchan Dune Retreat

Wow! This place is well and truly in the middle of nowhere and the main house and bungalows are half built into the earth so you can't see them until you are right upon it. Our bungalow was lovely and the view was amazing. It was so peaceful and quiet my words will not do it justice. I loved this place as there was nothing to do............you were forced to relax. No TV, no wifi, just the peace and quiet. If you want to get away from it all and like reading, painting, walking etc then this is perfect.

We had afternoon tea and cake delivered on a tray..... very civilised!!

The evening meal was sumptuous. You all ate together which can be quite daunting for some people but the hosts got the conversation started and everyone joined in.
I mentioned that I was going to walk up the hill next to the retreat in the morning for sunrise and when I got up at about 5.30am I noticed they had put a tray with a flask of hot tea out for me. This was such a lovely gesture.

The walk up the hill at sunrise is a must. The view is stunning and I happened acorss a herd of zebra..... not sure who was the more surprised!! We had only booked one night and were sad to leave as we had had such a relaxing time there. Highly recommended!

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Mr & Mrs D - Bristol
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

We were the only guests at this Retreat due to being early in the season. However, our hosts gave us a warm welcome and took over our difficulty with a shredded car tyre. The wheel was changed whilst we were at breakfast on our first morning. Meals here are taken around the dining table with our hosts. This was an amazing opportunity to learn more about Namibia and the difficulties of farming in such difficult terrain. The food was delicious and the wine was also.

The rooms are built into the dunes. They are spacious and have good hot showers. They are well decorated and the farmhouse/reception is a delightful building with very few right angles! Lots of beautiful artifacts are displayed and it was just like staying with friends. The outlook from the room was delightful as was the garden in front of the main house. The meercat was delightful to watch and Coco the Australian Sheepdog made us very welcome.

An evening drive across the farm to a high point to watch the sun set was delightful.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 16-May-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great overnight stop at Barchan

A very pleasant place to stay for a night or two, lovely views, hospitable owners.

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Mr F & Ms G - Surrey
Arrived on: 14-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Magical isolation

We spent two nights here on the way to Sossusvlei and were very glad we did.

Unobtrusive room service provided afternoon tea and early morning breakfast on the table outside our room without waking us. The view down the valley was stunning at dawn and dusk.

Hannetje's food is excellent, and as long as you get a good crop of guests to chat with at dinner, the overall experience can't be beaten. A perfect place to recharge your batteries.

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Mr & Mrs J - Dorking
Arrived on: 28-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

Rooms well appointed but double bed small compared to others; ac not up to heat and difficult to keep cool overnight.

Dinner was average and charging for wine needs to be made clear beforehand.

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Ms T & Mr C - San Francisco
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

Great experience at Barchan Dune Retreat. William and Hannetjie are friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining!

We took a sundowner game drive with William, enjoyed the sunset and the drinks along with spectacular views and conversations. The dinner was family style with other traveller and our hosts. Food was yummy, wine was excellent and the conversations were priceless.

Definitely one of the highlights of our Namibian experience.

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Mr A and Dr H - Berkshire
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

We loved Barchan Dune Retreat. It is out of the way and I wouldn't recommend it as a base for exploring Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon but as a place to rest between there and Swakopmund/Walvis Bay it is hard to beat. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the area but we enjoyed our time at the resort.

We joined our hosts for a tasty evening meal. The homely atmosphere made us feal more like personal guests than paying clients. The room was spacious and clean and the large windows provided panoramic views of the surrounding hills which glowed as the sun rose.

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Mr G & Ms L - from Edinburugh to Namibia
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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KuanguKuangu review (Barchan Dune Retreat)

Stunning but isolated location with exceptional views down the valley and no other houses in sight. The owners were pretty welcoming. There were actually no other guests staying at Barchan Dunes for the two nights that we were at KuanguKuangu. We had dinner in the farmhouse on the first night - very tasty Springbok steaks and nice to talk to the hosts.

KuanguKuangu itself is about 800m up a track from the farmhouse. It is charming but the bathroom was infested with wasps during the day which was a bit of a shame. On the second evening, one of the neighbouring farmers was shining a strong searchlight up the valley straight at the room which was a bit disconcerting to say the least. Apparently he is hunting jackals, but we pointed out to the hosts perhaps they should have a word with him not to disturb their guests!

Water is heated by a wood-burner but this doesn't take long.
The hosts brought us a braai-pack the second evening which was absolutely delicious.
The bed was very comfortable. Great view of the stars and we saw lots of mountain zebra not far from the door.

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