Wolwedans Private Camp is situated in a dune valley of the Namib Desert…
Wolwedans Private Camp: Our full report
Built in a dune valley of the Namib Desert, within the vast NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Private Camp is only ever booked exclusively by one couple, family or small group at a time. They aim to offer a home away from home and privacy. Some might even argue it's the ultimate Namibian desert get-away.
Similar in design to the other Wolwedans properties, Wolwedans Dune Camp, Wolwedans Boulders Camp and Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, the Private Camp is a large, comfortable wooden villa with canvas sides that can be rolled up to allow uninterrupted views of the deep-orange sands. When we popped in for a visit in late June 2014, an additional en-suite bedroom was being constructed. On completion the villa will sleep six guests in three bedrooms with twin or double beds, and three bathrooms, with the possibility of accommodating an additional two people if required.
The design is open plan and the décor similar in style to the other Wolwedans properties, with antique furniture and old leather-bound books on the shelves. The villa's huge lounge is filled with sofas and comfortable chairs and leads out onto open decks with more seating for admiring the scenery. Slightly further from the lounge is a separate area with a lounger with a good view that can be converted into a makeshift bedroom to sleep two extra people. There's also a study, and a fully equipped kitchen. High-quality food and provisions are supplied, with all dietary requirements catered for, or guests can opt to have their own chef.
Private Camp doesn't have a pool. However, with a bit of notice to arrange a vehicle and driver, guests are welcome to use the one at Dunes Lodge, about 20–30 minutes’ drive away.
The NamibRand is not primarily a wildlife destination, though the vast reserve is home to gemsbok, springbok, kudu, plains zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok and hartebeest. Very fortunate visitors might also be lucky enough to catch sight of leopard, spotted and brown hyena, black-backed jackal, bat-eared and Cape fox, caracal or one of the cheetah that have been introduced here as part of a conservation programme. For the birdwatcher, there are over a hundred species of birds to be spotted.
Activities at the Private Camp, as at the other Wolwedans camps, include guided scenic drives and nature walks to explore this vast reserve. These can be enjoyed either with your own private guide (at an extra charge for smaller groups of less than six, or families with young children), or together with guests at the other camps.
Hot-air ballooning and scenic flights can also be arranged; ask our team for prices if these interest you.
Our viewWolwedans Private Camp offers the luxury of space, peace and privacy, all in a stunning setting and with very comfortable accommodation. For a family or small group of friends looking to 'get away from it all', this is a camp that should be high on your list.
Ideal length of stay: Two or three nights to make the most of the activities on offer and enjoy the stunning desert scenery. The camp also requests that guests stay for a minimum of two nights.
Directions: Wolwedans Private Camp is located on the NamibRand Nature Reserve, which has its entrance on the C27, south of Sesriem. From the gate, it’s 20km to the reception farmhouse, where guests leave their vehicles. After checking in it's a short drive to the camp. Those arriving by air will be met at the airstrip, which is about a 20-minute drive from camp.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Stephan Bruckner
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: We haven't dined at Private Camp on our visits here. However, the stocked kitchen will usually include fresh greens and veggies from Wolwedans’ organic garden at their base camp. Meals and mealtimes can be really flexible – and you have the option of a private chef if you prefer not to cook.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: House wines, soft drinks, local beers and spirits are included in the rate, but premium spirits, champagne, imported wines and premium brands are at extra cost.
Further dining info: No
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Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Private Camp, as your party will be the only ones staying here. However, because of age limits on activities at the other Wolwedans camps, families will not be able to join in shared activities. Hence the need to book private activities, at extra cost.
Property’s age restrictions: None.
Special activities & services: There are no special activities for children, but childminding can be arranged. Parents should be aware that childminders are not professionally trained or qualified.
Generally recommended for children: We think the camp could be a great option for children, and their parents, who have an interest in nature. Its isolated and remote location also means that the whole family can really let their hair down, without worrying about disturbing other guests.
Notes: There are some dangerous game species present in the area, even if their densities in the Namib Desert are much lower than in many more conventional 'safari' areas. If using the pool at Dunes Lodge, parents should note that it is not fenced and there are steep drops from the deck. Children should remain under the supervision of their parents at all times.
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: There are plug points for charging camera batteries. Don't forget to bring a suitable adaptor.
Communications: There is no cellphone reception, telephones or internet at Private Camp. There is a telephone and WiFi available at the main reception building.
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: The showers in the three bathrooms are plumbed in, and each has a flushing toilet.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The closest doctor is in the town of Mariental. In a medical emergency, guests would be evacuated by air to a hospital in Windhoek.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: Wolwedans Private Camp is protected by its remote location, but torches are provided at night.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are placed around the villa.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A full laundry service available at an extra charge.
Money: The camp does not offer a currency-exchange facility.
Accepted payment on location: Cash (Namibian dollars and South African rands), as well as Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at Wolwedans.