Reviews of Wolwedans Dune Camp
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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
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.
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!
Wolwedans Dune Camp review
beautifully situated, worth the extra travel food excellentRead more about the whole safari
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.
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
Wolwedans Dune Camp review
This was an excellent camp. A great start to our safari. The accommodation was very good. The food was excellent with the best pancakes I have ever tasted and great lunches and dinners. The staff were very welcoming and always helpful. It was interesting to see the vegetable patch where they grow their own vegetables.
The guide was good showing us interesting tracks over the dunes and as there are few main animals making the most of every sighting and of the vegetation and scenery.
Our only concern was that the mosquito nets were for decoration and not function and it was the only place we got bitten!
Wolwedans Dune Camp review
Excellent guide (Simon) with fantastic topography. Staff a little too generically friendly; could be more natural. Would return.
However had one issue with transportation from lodge back to camp when we waited for an xtra 1 1/2 hrs in increasing cold, after swimming. Were told that transport would be there by 17;15 and it arrived at 18:30. However no big deal
Wolwedans Dunes Camp
The camp was fantastic, people in the service industry could take lessons from the staff. Each employee we came in contact with shook our hands and introduced themselves, and then remembered our names. We were always greeted with a smile and by name.
The rooms were clean and nicely decorated and the view from our tent was breathtaking.
The food was unbelievable, delicious and beautifully presented.
The game drives were great, the driver (I think his name was David) was very knowledgable and an excellent teacher. A highlight was our walk on the dunes where he pointed out all the insect and reptile life on the dunes.
I was sorry to leave this camp but two days was enough to see the landscape and wildlife. I would have liked to have been able to go hiking, that is why I only gave the activities category 'good'.
This was the highlight of our 15-day Namibian trip. The NamibRand Reserve is magnificent. Every turn of our day-long nature drive revealed another vista, sea of grass or small group of animals. The stars were the brightest we saw in Namibia, and that's saying a lot. Our tent at the very top of a dune was spacious, with a big bed and a beautiful view. We didn''t want to leave.
We made two mistakes regarding Wolwedans. The first mistake was in staying only two nights. Three would have been perfect. The second was starting out our trip here. Nothing could top it afterwards.