Wolwedans Dunes Lodge above the dunes in the Namib Naukluft N.P...
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge: Our full report
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is situated on the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast area of 2,100km2 located in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia. Built along the top of a dune plateau and overlooking the desert in all directions, this is the most substantial of the Wolwedans Collection. The other camps include Wolwedans Dune Camp, Wolwedans Private Camp and the luxurious Boulders Camp.
Each of the nine wooden chalets at the Dunes Lodge is built on stilts above the dunes. The bedrooms are stunning: solid wooden beds draped with mosquito nets and made up with high-quality linen. Canvas blinds form the wall panels and these can be rolled up revealing magnificent views of the surrounding desert. Stargaze from your bed then awaken to a front-row view of the sunrise! Alternatively, you can request for you bed to be moved onto your veranda so that you can sleep under the stars. The spacious room is also kitted out with a luggage rack, writing desk and comfortable seats. Surrounding each room is a wooden split-level deck, with in-built benches, relaxing sunloungers and canvas directors' chairs.
One chalet, the Mountain View Suite is located further from the others, making it more private and secluded, but maintaining the same level of comfort and style as the other chalets.
Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, flush toilet and his and hers basins. Complimentary soaps and sensuous lotions are added luxuries.
Walkways over the dunes connect the rooms to the hub of the camp, a collection of canvas-and-wood rooms built up on a large wooden platform and open to the surrounding desert. There is a comfortable bar and lounge with leather armchairs, a separate library and two dining rooms. Meals are usually hosted in the dining room around large communal tables, although, individual tables are sometimes set up or can be requested. The food is excellent, with the dinner menu often presented by the chefs in their mother tongue followed by the English translation and sometimes a traditional song. A special feature is the chilled, subterranean wine cellar which houses a selection of really good wines, and is also used for wine tasting.
A variety of 'sundowner' decks surround the main complex, including a tea deck and one with an open fireplace. There is also has a swimming pool, set in another large wooden deck built up on stilts. Comfortable sunloungers and hammocks shaded by canopies are the perfect place to unwind after a refreshing swim. In fact, the variety of recreational spots at Wolwedans Dune Lodge makes relaxing here a wonderful pastime without feeling anyone else is invading your space.
Activities at Wolwedans Dune Lodge focus on exploring all the fascinating facets of the Namib – the world's oldest desert. The programme for a two-night stay usually begins with an afternoon nature drive when you arrive which leads into a sundowner drive. This is followed by a full-day excursion including a picnic lunch and nature walks. Alternatively, there is the option of a morning and afternoon drive split by time to relax at the lodge for visitors who'd just like to sit back and take in the magnificent surroundings. The lodge also offers massages, and can book scenic flights and hot-air ballooning. Wolwedans Dunes Lodge also offers weddings – as witnessed by the wedding photos displayed on the walls in the lounge.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge offers uniquely styled accommodation which gives the feeling of luxury combined with the great outdoors – or in this case the spectacular outdoors! Wolwedans can be part of a self-drive or fly-in itinerary to Namibia, where it will often be the highlight, as you sit back and enjoy great guiding, lovely accommodation and delicious food.
Ideal length of stay: It's best to spend at least two nights at Wolwedans Dune Lodge in order to really enjoy the desert surroundings.
Directions: The NamibRand Nature Reserve is situated about 400km southwest of Windhoek. Upon arrival at the main gate of the reserve, follow the signs to the Wolwedans reception at Wolwedans farmhouse, about 20km from the gate. Your guide will transfer you the short distance to the lodge after you've checked in.
Owner: Stephan Bruckner
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: A breakfast buffet includes freshly baked breads with a selection of fruit salad, yoghurt, cereals and cheeses, different cuts of cold meat and tea or coffee. Cooked options are also available.
Lunch is usually a picnic laid out in the desert whilst on a full-day activity, or a choice of light meals at the lodge.
A delicious three- or four-course meal is served at the lodge each evening. There is no set timing for dinner as the chef waits until all the guests have returned from their various excursions.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Most drinks are included at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. The exception is premium brand whiskies or French champagne which can be ordered and paid for locally.
Honeymoons: The NamibRand desert landscapes have a romance all of their own. Honeymooners will love the views as well as being superbly looked after in comfort at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. A special treat, well worth considering, is for a bed to be made up on the private deck of your room ready for a night under the spectacular desert sky. For extra privacy, honeymooners can stay at the secluded Mountain View Suite.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is happy to have families with children aged 12 years and over. Children younger than 12 can be accommodated on request and provided they remain under their parents' supervision.
Generally recommended for children: Expert Africa doesn't recommend Wolwedan's Dune Lodge for children under the age of 12 years as it is felt that the lack of facilities may not capture the interest of youngsters.
Power supply: Solar Power
Communications: There are no communication services available to guests at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, but the internet and telephone connections at reception may be used for urgent matters.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: The closest doctor is in the town of Mariental. For any emergencies, an aircraft is available at the private Wolwedans airstrip to transfer guests to Windhoek.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Wolwedans is protected by its remote location, but torches are provided at night.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are strategically placed around the camp.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available at an extra charge.