Barchan Dune Retreat

Reviews of Barchan Dune Retreat

Excellent(93%) From 32 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 32 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.
Mrs C. from Shrewsbury
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful setting

We really felt welcome & invited to join in the family evening meal, it was really home from home.

The drive there was a long way off the 'main' highway, we found the driving around this area quite tiring though in beautiful scenery.

A beautiful house with very cleverly designed, hidden rooms tucked under the dunes in their grounds. The gardens & birds were wonderful.

The hosts & staff were really friendly & welcoming & gave us really lovely home cooked food.

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Mrs & Mr W - Dorset
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Retreat is an apt word

We really liked this one. It is just about to change hands (although there is to be a year's hand-over) so it may alter.

The retreat is well off the beaten track in an isolated valley. I loved its solitude. It doesn't feel the least bit like a business, just somebody's house with a few rooms. The current owners are most interesting and great hosts. You dine with them and I find that much more entertaining and informative than sitting in a restaurant.

The food, dinner and breakfast, was very good and beautifully served. Well done the (silent) kitchen team!

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Mr R. from Napier 4110
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

A good stopover for us. Did try to contact them as I left my contact lenses behind, but no luck Maybe had the wrong phone number

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Ms S & Mr E - NSW Australia
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat... a great farm stay

The Barchan Dune Retreat web site is quite modest. Don't let that put you off. We had a delightful stay. It was our only farm stay with a private family and a nice change from bigger lodges.

We really enjoyed meeting Willem and Hannetjie and sharing their hospitality over a sundowner drink and our evening meal.

The rooms are architecturally interesting, being individual cabins built into the sand dunes. Very comfortable.

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Mr S & Ms H - Dublin
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Retreat is just the right name for this place

We had a very good two night stay at Barchan Dunes enroute from Wolwedans. Wileem and Hannjete were perfect hosts.

They have done a clever and nice job building the individual chalets into the dunes, at the end of a lovely and very quiet valley. Hannjete quietly ensured tea/coffee/beer was provided at multiple points through the day whenever we were back at the home.

Dinner around the table with the hosts were excellent and it felt like being house guests rather than paying guests. We had two enjoyable discussions with the hosts and other guests whilst drinks flowed (especially reducing Willem's whiskey stocks).

The walk up the hill behind the farm is well worth it for fabulous views.

Other guests went on agame drive with Willem and saw a great range of game including a very large herd of Oryx plus Zebra.

The Spreetshoogte Pass is also worth a visit - a very steep and twisting road up that gives incredible views across the plain and only 20 minutes from Barchan Dunes.

Overall a very nice place to relax in the middle of nowhere!

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Mrs & Mr F - British Columbia
Arrived on: 16-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A lovely retreat

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The owners are charming, very warm and welcoming. There is a nice homey atmosphere with pet dogs and a rescued pet meerkat.

The cottages are nicely spaced away from each other and are very spacious. Food is excellent, oryx the first night and then springbok the next, plus great starters and dessert. We ate with the owners and there was some great conversation over dinner.

We went on the sundowner drive around the very large farm and I recommend this. We also hiked the trail up the small mountain in the morning and came across a herd of mountain zebra who were very curious about us. This trail is worth doing and a great start to the day.

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Mr S & Mrs G - Malaga
Arrived on: 26-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely, friendly place

Beautiful setting with great views out to the valley and the morning sun moving up as we sipped tea on our verandah at first light.

Excellent, friendly hosts and it was fun and interesting to join them and the other guests for a very tasty dinner featuring springbok. It was quite hot for sleeping but we were there in January.

I would personally recommend 1 night rather than 2.

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Mr & Mrs C - Colorado
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

Had an amazing time with the owners of the lodge.

Wilhelm took us on a great drive on his ranch and cooked us an amazing meal from game on his property. We stayed up late drinking wine and scotch.

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Mr G B & Ms F S - Colchester
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

As the name suggests: a "retreat" - very peaceful, quiet location; welcoming hosts and great food served in the hosts' dining room.

Could happily have stayed here another night, but was great as a stop over to break the journey.

They were apparently expecting us for lunch, but we had not noticed that. Not sure what happened there.

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Dr J & Ms G - the best of Namibia
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Barchan Dune Retreat review

We loved this place and wished we had been here for the whole duration of our stay in the region (rather than at the N-N Lodge).

Very welcoming hosts, lovely meals shared around a communal table with the hosts, free-flowing good wine included, lovely accommodation, superb views. A refreshing place to spent our last proper day in Namibia.

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