Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Reviews of Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 44 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 44 of our travellers who have visited Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss T and Mr H from Somerset
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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lives up to expectations

A beautiful lodge, great staff and a very very good guide.

The food here was astounding. The flavours were just so fresh and you can see how the legacy of running their own chef's school is paying off. The kitchen always seems full of laughter and we loved the way they announced the menu in two different languages each night. Eating at the one table meant great conversations happened between the group each night.

Always amazes you how much lives in the harsh surroundings, lots to see on the morning drives and then the colours in the evening are beautiful. A very peaceful place and seeing the desert from the hot air balloon was another wonderful experience.

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Miss S - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review

Breathtaking location, gorgeous room ( although very hot and could have done with a fan), service and food excellent. Very relaxing place.

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Mr & Mrs L - Staffordshire
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review

Great location and rooms lovely but some way from restaurant and bar with limited wooden walkways. These need extending and raising to make it easier to keep sand out of shoes. Rooms were very hot with only very thick duvets (and hot water bottles!!). Need thinner quilts or blankets as an alternative. The food and staff were excellent despite them claiming they had not been advised in advance of one vegetarian. No cold beers available.

Drives were good but somewhat limited in finding different things to see.
Perhaps a good idea to warn visitors that no electric points are available in the lodges.
By no means the best one we stayed in.

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Mr & Mrs O - Lechdale
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review

Great experience & although relatively close to Kulala a completely different environment & set of activities. The scenery was breathtaking & our guide (Alpha) was excellent in showing it to us.

Damaged my back on the 3rd day, however, the staff were very helpful, attentive & caring (e.g. dinner in the tent).
Fascinated by their "Eco" efforts & their garden.

Food was excellent, however, meat dishes need to be more varied rather than just various types of steak.

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Mr J C - London
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful

This was the best lodge that I stayed at on my trip.

The food was excellent, the best that I had in Namibia, my room and its view was wonderful, the staff were charming and helpful, the guide was intersting and extremely well informed, and the location wonderful as well.

My only critical comment is as to the state of the access track from the road. This was terrible in places, and for such a wonderful and high class lodge, I think they should do something about it.

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Honeymooners from Brussels
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great!

Wolwedans is a fantastic place. It's a fantastic eating experience (all three meals).

The rooms are very, very comfortable and waking up to the views of the valley in front of you and the mountain on the other side is just out of this world.

Here, there is not that much animals to see (I mean this only when compared to Etosha or other fantastic game reserves), but we still managed to see giraffes, jackals, and plenty of zebras and oryxs. We did a very nice balloon flight, which was the highlight in terms of activities, and by this point we were more in the mood of good wining and dining, of which you have plenty to get satisfied in this lodge.

Expert Africa arranged a morning's ballooning trip for these travellers. They commented:

A big reason why I went to Namibia...

Amazing. We REALLY wanted to do this. The view of the red dunes from the sky is really amazing.
Be carefull with your planning to give yourselves some flexibility when scheduling this as you may not be able to take off on occassion due to wind and weather conditions. We were lucky enough to be able to reschedule it because our originally scheduled flight had to be cancelled.

Other than that, just incredibly relaxing and breathtaking. Watching the oryxs stare back at you from below is just fantastic.
And the champagne breakfast is very good!

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Mr R from UAE
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolvedans Dune Lodge - remote luxury

Wolvedans lived up to its reputation. It is an incredible place to stay. Food was lovely, staff was friendly and the rooms were out of this world.

Wolvedans encourages mingling among the guests, including sitting at a large family-style table for evening meals and participating in group activities. Opting out of some of these group activities is possible but not readily offered by Wolvedans. If you wish to have a quiet evening meal on your terrace, you must ask for it.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge review

What an absolutely superb Lodge- we loved it!

You drive in to the main centre and are then transported up to the Lodge. Your car is left securely behind in the main parking lot.

The lounge area and dining area are beautifully organised, furnished and decorated. Our room was luxurious and having the canvas down to enjoy the sunrise and the night noises was delightful.

The food was delicious and the evening presentation of it memorable.

Our excursions were all wonderful and our driver entertaining and knowledgeable.

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Mr & Mrs A from London
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Lodge review

Our experience at Wolwedans was absolutely amazing! We were staying at the Mountain View Suite, where the setting is breathtaking. Having our own chef and guide also added to the overall positive of the stay, especially as we had a 2-year old child: it gave us a lot of flexibility and peace of mind.

Our guide Usko was great, and so were our chefs-waitresses Ushi and Tabea, they all went out of their ways to make our stay a great one and to accommodate for the presence of a young child.

The scenery on the reserve is incredible, and a sunrise at the MVS is out of this world.

Overall, this was undoubtedly the highlight of our Namibia trip.

NB: the "good" ranking for the facilities only refers to the swimming pool, which often had insects in it and could have been cleaned more often (or maybe it was and there are just too many insects...)

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Mr A & Mrs L - Norfolk
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Absolutely Memorable

We spent 3 nights at the Dune Lodge at the beginning of our trip. The location and landscape is on an epic scale and in retrospect the accommodation was our favourite overall (and that was a very difficult decision based on the quality we enjoyed throughout).

The rooms are individual widely-spaced 'cabins'. Ours had 2 bedrooms, masses of space and was at the end of a line set in the sand starting at the public rooms. The walls are canvas which can be rolled up to create the nearest thing you'll get to sleeping outside while keeping a roof over your head - it was magic to feel the breeze while lying in bed and waking to a view of the sun rising over the desert. Highly recommended.

Management, service and guide excellent. The only aspects we thought could be improved is to (a) create a boardwalk through the sand to the public rooms from the cabin as it does get tiresome trudging through it several times a day and (b) offer a choice of main course at dinner.

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