Wolwedans Dune Camp is located in the middle of the Namibian desert...
Wolwedans Dune Camp: Our full report
Wolwedans Dune Camp is the simpler and more economical sister camp to the lovely Wolwedans Dune Lodge and the luxurious Boulders Camp. A favourite of ours, Dune Camp sits on the edge of a 250m-high dune on the 2,100km2 NamibRand Nature Reserve, within the Namib Desert.
Wolwedans Dune Camp has just six spacious tents built on individual wooden decks above the dunes. Each is furnished with twin beds or a large double with down quilts and matching bedside tables with solar-powered lamps. Each tent's canvas windows roll up to reveal spectacular desert views and allow cooling air to flow through the room. The front deck is large enough to create a roomy private sitting area during the day with space for a 'star' bed to be made up for the night. Sleeping under the desert skies is an amazing and romantic experience and we recommend you request it if visiting Wolwedans during the summer months (September to April).
Each tent has its own spacious en-suite bathroom, constructed of wood and canvas and fitted out with a shower, flush toilet and his and hers basins. The deep velvety wood and desert dune colours are matched by those of the fabrics and fluffy towels in each bathroom, and the terracotta pots planted with cactuses, whilst complimentary soaps and lotions add a touch of luxury. The tents here have recently been enlarged and modernised while retaining the original old-style camp feel.
The main area, or lapa, at Wolwedans Dune Camp comprises a lounge fitted with interesting antique-style furniture, a small bar and an open-plan kitchen where guests are invited to chat to the chef whilst he is preparing dinner. Meals are served around a long dining table set under candlelit chandeliers, creating a really relaxed and cosy atmosphere. There is good attention to detail here – we last visited this camp over the Easter weekend in 2010, and were presented with chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. The butter was even moulded into a rabbit shape! The extended deck is fitted with a campfire surrounded by canvas directors' chairs where you can enjoy pre- and post-dinner drinks whilst getting to know the other guests.
Activities offered at Wolwedans Dune Camp focus on every aspect of the surrounding landscape, part of the oldest desert in the world. As well as morning and afternoon nature drives, there are full-day safaris, including a picnic lunch, which take visitors deep into the heart of the NamibRand Reserve. The guides here are very informative and will really bring the seemingly arid, if beautiful, landscape to life.
Our viewWolwedans Dune Camp has a rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere, suited to the more adventurous traveller. This is coupled with the attentive but not overbearing care given by the staff, making every guest feel special. Of course the surrounding scenery speaks for itself but, in our opinion, this is first-class simplicity in the desert!
Ideal length of stay: Expert Africa recommends two nights here to make the most of the activities on offer and enjoy the stunning desert scenery. The camp also requests that guests stay for a minimum of two nights.
Directions: Upon arrival at the NamibRand Reserve, follow the signs to the Wolwedans farmhouse/reception, about 20km from the main gate. After checking in you will meet your guide for your short transfer to the camp.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Stephan Bruckner
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: The food at Wolwedans Dune Camp is both delicious and of very high quality. As the kitchen is open plan, guests can watch the chef preparing the meals. The camp is very willing to cater for special dietary requirements.
Every morning guests are offered a sumptuous breakfastbuffet which includes a selection of fruits, freshly baked breads, yoghurt, cereals, cheeses, different cuts of cold meat and tea or coffee. Cooked options are also available including bacon and eggs.
Lunch is usually a crisp salad or light cooked meal. On our last visit we ate crumbed chicken breast with an olive salad followed by a light lemon mousse.
Dinner here is prepared in full view of the guests and each evening the menu is read out by the staff, first in their native language, then in English, and may even include a song. On our last visit we tucked into bruschetta followed by filo-pastry quiche, kudu steak with a red-wine sauce and then orange sorbet for dessert.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are included at Wolwedans Dune Camp with the exception of French champagne and premium brands.
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Although there are no set minimum age requirements at Wolwedans Dune Camp, the management doesn't consider it the ideal accommodation for children under the age of 12 years. At Expert Africa we tend to agree with this, as there are no facilities to keep youngsters occupied in between activities.
Power supply: Solar Power
Communications: There is no internet or phone reception at Wolwedans Dune Camp.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The closest doctor is in the town of Mariental. For any emergencies, an aircraft will be sent to the camp, landing at the private Wolwedans airstrip.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are strategically placed around the camp.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A complimentary laundry service is offered to guests spending two or more nights at Wolwedans Dune Camp.
Accepted payment on location: Wolwedans accepts Visa and MasterCard, as well as local currency.