Wolwedans Dune Camp

Reviews of Wolwedans Dune Camp

Excellent(98%) From 42 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 42 of our travellers who have visited Wolwedans Dune Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr C & Ms B - Colorado
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Camp review

Beyond excellent...definitely one of the highlights. The location was utterly stunning (far surpasses Kulala): the scale, the vastness, etc. Driving there helps you really appreciate the contrasts. Physical execution on the site is superlative, blending man-made with nature-made. The people make this place shine big time...not to be missed. The "three divas" (led by the wonderful Helena) who took care of us were unforgettable: Helena cracking jokes and singing menus; Elizabeth's culinary artistry amazed (the best on our trip), and Marina's gentility added subtle sparkle to this wonderful mix of staff. Our guide Mose's gentle manner, polite, quiet, and unassuming, seemed unequivocally to be trying very hard to improve his English to share his love of the land and the environment. We both felt that this place is absolutely not to be missed: people, setting, etc. I almost cried when we had to leave!

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Mr & Mrs C from Manchester
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Camp review

Impressive location, fabulous accommodation and food although some variety would be an improvement i.e. eland steak first night, beef steak second night and kudu steak third night. All beautifully cooked along with the other courses, but steak three nights in a row!

Staff were delightful and tried very hard although this was the first camp were we have not eaten with at least one of the guides and there was no camp representative eating with the guests. The camp would have benefitted from more staff presence front of house.

Finally, Wolwedans prides itself on its eco credentials however asking guests to postpone having laundry done until the next camp is a bit of a cheek!

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Miss S. from Lifton
Arrived on: 26-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Camp review

The Namibrand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful/spectacular places that I have ever visited and I wish we could have stayed longer to absorb the atmosphere.

Albi Bruckner and the other shareholders were present for a series of meetings.

The furnishings of the tents were straight "Out of Africa" with a beautiful deck. The Oryx were always close by !

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PG Wales
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Camp review

Great location,good waterhole animal viewing.

Staff very helpful and wonderful food. Interesting drives with good guide.

Scenery magnificant .

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Mrs B from Hampshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning location luxurious accomodation.

We thought wolvedans was really lovely, the location and the variety of scenery is quite outstanding. Oryx and steenbok sauntered past our tent terrace in front of breathtaking views.

The catering was delicious, I mean amuse bouche in the middle of the namib! One evening they took the dinner out, and we ate under a full moon in the dunes!

Our guide was the most delightful and helpful of the whole trip with a real interest in the sustainability, and nothing was too much trouble, including looking for my sunglasses in a sand dune!

A really great and unforgettable place, even if a little off the beaten track

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Mr M & Ms T from London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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One of the most beautiful places

The scenery of this reserve is absolutely stunning - red sands contrasting with pale green / yellow color of the grass, against the backdrop of a beautiful mountain range. And you got all of this from your camp. There were some but not too much wildlife (mainly oryx), but the whole point was the beautiful reserve itself.

Services were top class. Dinner was a 5-course meal and usually featured game (oryx, springbok or kudu) which we found quite exotic but very good. Great house wine - probably some of the best we had on in Africa.

The camp gave us a private vehicle through our stay, probably as our timing of arrival and departure didn't quite work with other guests, and also some of other guests came in a big family group. Much appreciated gesture regardless. The only minor negative is that we didn't feel our guide was that enthusiastic. He obliged to our requests generally, but we felt we had to push a bit for going out relatively early or making interesting stops on the drive.

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Mr & Mrs R - Halifax
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A stunning luxury retreat

A truely stunning location, appreciated at all times of the day but perhaps best of all, sipping a coffee specially brought to the tent door in a flask each morning. Somewhere to relax and unwind and feel totally lost in the Africa experience.

Excellent 'sundowner' drives into the local mountains. Good company around the dinner table, with a small number of guests, and amazing excellent quality food. Specially prepared gluten free versions too.

Champagne & gift basket for our anniversary was much appreciated, and accompanied a lunch in the shade while the Oryx looked on from under their tree nearby!

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Ms J and Ms C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wolwedans Dune Camp review

beautifully situated, worth the extra travel food excellent

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Nick and Kate - London and West Sussex
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular location - shame about mosquitoes

After a wonderful, scenic flight from Windhoek over the Sossuvlei dunes, we were efficiently met at the airstrip (quite a few animals here), and transferred by our lady guide up the hill to the camp. It was one of the most beautiful and spectacular locations of our entire trip. There are just 7 rooms (frequented by Angelina and Brad, so we were regularly told), each of which is spacious and comfortable, with big beds. Rooms have a private verandah with sunrise views.

Tea and biscuits are left outside for you at dawn, a thoughtful touch. Accordingly, you can take tea while you watch the sunrise from your bed. The central area is quite small and indoor dining is a bit dark and gloomy. Outdoor dining and drinks around the campfire are charming, and the food is very high quality indeed. Drinks are included. Dining is communal but can be private if you wish. The dining area overlooks a small waterhole which attracts a lot of oryx, who wander through the camp. Overall, this is a tranquil, beautiful spot in the rocky desert, where you get a real feel for the climate and the landscape. The night skies are astonishing.

On the down side, the manager was rather defensive and not too energetic. There were meant to be such options as riding and massage, but neither was available. Bedroom make up service was slip shod, with towels left where they were found on chairs, the bathroom not tidied up. The worst offence was the complete absence of mosquito protection – no nets, and open-sided cabins. When we asked for insect spray we were told it was ‘out of stock’. Accordingly, sleep was a problem (for all guests – a breakfast topic of conversation!). We were in cabin 7, furthest away from the dining area, and it was rather a trudge through deep sand there and back – perhaps a walkway would be a good investment here.

Activities include all-day drives in the park, which I would highly recommend. Although game is sparse, the park is very attractive and the scenery changes. Our guide informed us about the geology and we walked around a bit to look at animal tracks. We saw oryx, springbok, zebra, one of the 3 giraffes in the park, big herds of red hartebeest, ostrich, a monitor lizard at a waterhole, mongoose and ground squirrels, and various birds (including the endemic dune lark – nothing much to look at but one to tick off). We even saw two aardwolf right by the side of the road.

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Mr & Mrs P - Yorkshire
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wolwedans is spectacular

The whole Wolwedans experience is something we will never forget, the place gets under your skin and my wife and I were reluctant to leave. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, like nowhere else on earth and the sunsets are stunning.

One evening we went on a walk with the bushmen who were a delight, very informative and entertaining and we ended up at a viewing platform with the most incredible view and our guide Cecelia was there to meet us with drinks and snacks while we watched a superb sunset.

We also did the all day drive, if you only have time to do one thing at Wolwedans do this, it was one of the highlights of our holiday especially the lovely lunch which Cecelia provided at another stunning location.

Dunes camp was amazing, the accommodation, the food and the activities were all excellent and the staff were so friendly, efficient and professional.

But we must also make special mention of Cecelia, our guide, who was always cheerful, extremely knowledgable and a delight to be with.

Yes Wolwedans is expensive but if you can just go, you won't regret it

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