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Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes
Kwessi Dunes

Kwessi Dunes: Our full report

Kwessi Dunes is a new property in the northern NamibRand Reserve, opened in 2020.

While information on what to expect here is sparse, we have known the company behind the lodge for a long time and have every faith that this will be a wonderful new offering set in one of Namibia most spectacular landscapes.

Accommodation at Kwessi Dunes is made up of 12 tented chalets including two family chalets built on wooden platform. The bedrooms are comfortable and tasteful: with vintage four-poster beds, canvas walls as well as air conditioning.

Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with an indoor and an outdoor shower.

To the rear of each chalet is a separate open-air room for star gazing and sleeping under the stars. In 2012, the NamibRand Nature Reserve was designated a 'dark sky reserve' meaning that there is little to no light pollution, so the stargazing on a clear night is exceptional.

In the main area, large glass windows and doors offer stunning views of the surrounding desert and mountains in the distance. Here you'll find a well-stocked bar, a guest library and several seating and dining areas. There is also a swimming pool, with views of the surrounding desert set in a large wooden deck with comfortable sun loungers.

Activities at Kwessi Dunes focus on exploring the NamibRand Nature Reserve – with morning and afternoon scenic drives; guided nature walks; for the more adventurous – quad biking; and spa treatments to unwind.

For an extra cost, Kwessi Dunes also offers additional activities such as day trips to the Namib Naukluft National Park; hot air balloon flights over one of the oldest deserts; sunrise and sunset horse riding; or scenic helicopter flights.

Kwessi Dunes joins four other properties on the NamibRand reserve and would combine well with any of its sister properties such as Shipwreck Lodge and Safarihoek or, further afield, Sable Alley and Camp Kalahari.

Our view

Kwessi Dunes had a difficult beginning, opening for just a few days before the Covid-19 lockdown. While none of our team has visited yet, we are expecting great things when we do get the chance to drop in.

Sabina Hekandjo

Sabina Hekandjo

Namibia expert


NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
We recommend at leats two or three nights at Kwessi Dunes in order to allow time to partake in the varied activities.
The Namib Rand Nature Reserve s situated about 400km south-west of Windhoek.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info, including room service
Drinks included
Most drinks are included at Kwessi Dunes. The exceptions are premium-brand or imported spirits and vintage wines/champagne, which will cost extra and are paid for locally.


Attitude towards children
Kwessi Dunes welcomes children of all ages
Property’s age restrictions
There is no minimum age limit.
Special activities & services
The pool is unfenced and as the lodge is mostly raised on stilts there are some unfenced drops. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Kwessi Dunes

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Kwessi Dunes have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


100% success


100% success


50% success


50% success

Brown Hyena

0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success


There is WiFi in the main reception building.
TV & radio
Water supply

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
The closest doctor is in Mariental, but in an emergency, patients would be flown to Windhoek.
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Fire safety


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter


  • Horse-riding


  • Quad-biking


  • Sleeping under the stars

    Sleeping under the stars


Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
A complimentary laundry service is included when staying on full board and activities, on half board items are charged for.
The camp does not offer a currency exchange facility. A safe is provided in each chalet for storing valuables.
Accepted payment on location
Payments in Namibian dollars and South African rand, or by Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at Kwessi Dunes.

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