Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Reviews of Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 47 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 47 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.
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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Mr & Mrs W from Nottingham
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Lodge review

Stunning setting especially flying into the camp,sunrise and sunset. Had a memorable massage on the deck.

Perhaps not enough enquiry re. our wildlife interests.But great attention to detail.

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Ms B & Mr W - Switzerland
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Lodge review

Absolutely wonderful setting...Lodge was secluded and elegant. The MVS suite was superb. The guide (Usko) was very knowlegable and engaging. A laid back pace, but very efficient. Great kitchen and chef and dining ambiance along with a killer common area for pre-dinner cocktails. Pool area was very chic and again elegant. Could have easily spent another day or more here.

Staff was very friendly. Mid-day drive with lunch could be up-grade with better food and wine selection along with a white table cloth and more comfortable chairs....but this is a pick.

Met the owner/custodian (Stefan) on the morning of departure and receive and excellent history and overview of the lodge and its commitment to the environment....very classy set-up.

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Paradise under a sienna sun!

What a place to start our African Adventure. The colours and the landscape will be forever etched on our minds. The vastness, variety and colours of the landscape are beyond desccription and every sense and emotion is bombarded. Our Mountain View Suite was amazing with views that defied belief and it was almost impossible to absorb the level of luxury and comfort that surrounded us. All travel weariness had disappeared!

With our own private chef and guide we definitely felt like VIP's. Our guide, Progress, was wonderful and was both passionate and knowledgable and was a pleasure to spend time with.

The food was ok although we would have preferred a few more options and most definitely did not need a 5 course meal on our first night and we did request only 3 courses on our second night. Breakfast and lunch on our private terrace was superb.

We would definitely recommend staying both at Dune Lodge and Boulders Camp as the terrain is quite different and 2 nights was definitely not enough.

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Ms J & Dr S - London
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Lodge review

Stunning location, beautiful rooms and great food. Friendly staff. The first 'sociable' lodge we stayed at, with communal eating, and it was very nice.

One slight downside to the canvas tent nature of the rooms is that in stormy weather (which we had on our first night) it is impossibly noisy and we only got couple of hours sleep. But the next night was still.

It's great waking in the night and being able to just look out, through the screen 'walls', and see the night sky. We also got to see a full rainbow, which was lovely in the red desert setting.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic place

This lodge is gorgeous! Could not fault anything to do with the lodge itself.

My only comment would be that the full day drive that is included was too long, I would have preferred a couple of hours less, but Italy our guide was great.

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Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Lodge review

Excellent day trips with knowledgable guides.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Notts
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Review

We were very fortunate to get 'Tent' 1 which meant that we only had one set of neighbours. We were able to leave our tent open on two sides and so make the most of the sunrise and the views without being overlooked. Although we didn't request it, our 'tent' also had two double beds, so we had plenty of space.

Although there is no choice offered, dinner on both nights was excellent. The preamble to dinner (singing and presenting the menu) seemed somewhat forced and added little to the experience. The staff seemed quite uncomfortable with it too. Breakfast was not up to the standard of dinner.

At Wolwedans guests are paying for the amazing location and the coordinated conservation efforts in the Namib-Rand - not for 5 star service and facilities. The lodge is very special and the service and facilities are very good (just don't expect the Ritz!).
We had a fabulous time in a wonderful location and would love to return.

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