Barchan Dune Retreat

Reviews of Barchan Dune Retreat

Good(90%) From 18 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 18 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.
6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 11-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Amazing retreat, great hospitality

Well off the beaten track, but well worth it. We were welcomed by Hannetjie with drinks and shown to our rooms which were built into the hillside (dune).

Spacious rooms, nicely appointed, very unusual setting, great views out over the farm towards the Spreetshoogte Pass. Barchan Dune retreat is totally solar powered. Willem was a very generous host, and dined with us, entertaining us with stories and responding to our many questions. We enjoyed a sumptuous meal of game, which he ducked out to the kitchen to cook himself. Breakfast the next morning was equally good.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Magical place to stay

At the bottom of the Spreegshoote Pass with no other buildings in sight, surrounded by the ancient dunes, this is a place where you really feel in touch with the magic of Africa. Solar panels and sensitively designed rooms which snuggle into the landscape give an eco-friendly feel to Willem and Hannetjie's home. Willem will take you on a tour around the farm to spot animals - a huge herd of oryx in our case - and watch the light change on the mountains as the sun begins to go down.

A delicious home cooked evening meal is eaten round a large table with other guests and Willem and Hannetjie who make everybody very welcome and ensure a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Its like staying with friends who want to spoil you!

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

We used this a a stopover on our way to Swakopmund. It's a lovely place and the food was probably the best we had throughout our holliday.

Hannetjie and Willem are fantastic hosts and make you feel at home instantly.

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Mr. & Mrs. W - Sedbergh
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Peaceful retreat in the unique Barchan Dune

A beautiful place to stay. The bungalow was peacefull, characterful, clean and spacious.

The hosts, Hannetje and Willem were extremely hospitable. The dinner party atmosphere allowed for interesting discussions while eating good food and drinking fine wines. The afternoon tea and scrumptious cakes served on our own terrace overlooking the peacful valley were memorable.

The walking trail was only short but then we continued up the mountain which was pathless and challenging. We were accompanied by the six month old dog Cocoa, who we did manage to wear out!

The game drive was interesting but not as informative as some. However it was accompanied by the best sunset we saw.

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Mr M & Mrs P - Hampshire
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Meerkat delight.

Attentive owners.

Service of the highest order and thoughtful.

Unique rooms with stunning views much enjoyed.

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Mr & Mrs P - Lisbon, Portugal
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Geat stay, unfortunately for just one night.

Beautifull place, people, acomodation, property, landscape, seting, etc, etc, etc.
Excelent hosts !!!!

Want to return there.
Higly recomendable for those who like remote places
Unfortunately it was just one night!!!!!

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Mr & Mrs B - Lisbon, Portugal
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

Difficult to find. Poor in game but amazing location and conception.

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Mr and Mrs L - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 22-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

A real gem. This is a small little known place, originally a farm, they are now farming tourists !!

The walking here is fabulous and as was the welcome. Dinner was dinner party style and great fun. Little attentions to detail were really appreciated - I made a passing comment that a beer for lunch would be lovely and at lunchtime, it duly appeared, no further prompting.

Coffee left on our individual terraces at dawn was extremely special and most so on our last monring in Namibia as we watched sunrise and realised sadly we were on our way home. The two meerkats captured our hearts too - real characters, they came on a walk with us.

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