Wolwedans Dune Lodge
Wolwedans Dune Lodge is set in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a three hour drive south of the famous Sossusvlei Dunes. The 200,000 hectare NamibRand Reserve, which borders onto the Namib-Naukluft National Park, is one of Namibia’s most impressive private reserves, with an approach to sustainable tourism, focusing on high quality, low impact tourism.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a red dune plateau, capturing the beauty of the desert. Built in wood and canvas, the main lodge and nine guest chalets reflect their stunning natural surroundings, with the ambience of a tented camp, yet the comfort of a permanent lodge.
Each of the nine spacious en-suite chalets are built on stilts above the dunes, surrounded by private verandas which connect you to vast stretches of untouched sand. The bedrooms are simply stunning. Wooden beds are draped with romantic mosquito nets, whilst canvas blinds, which form the walls, can be rolled up to reveal magnificent views of the surrounding desert. Sunrise is simply magical, and you can even request for your bed to be moved onto your veranda so that you can sleep directly under the stars. There is one family chalet with two bedrooms, and those who seek total seclusion will love the Mountain View Suite, which provides a private living and dining area and uninterrupted desert views.
The main guest areas consist of a comfortable bar and lounge with leather arm chairs, a separate library, and two dining rooms. All open out onto decks with superb views. The lodge also has a swimming pool, suspended above the sand. The food is excellent and a special feature of the lodge is its subterranean wine cellar, which houses a selection of really good wines, and is also used for wine tasting or candlelit private dinners on request
Activities at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge focus on exploring the Namib, said to be the world’s oldest desert. Scenic drives and nature walks with resident field guides reveal the fascinating wonders of intricate desert ecosystems, as do picnics in the wild, sundowners on the dunes and dinners by candlelight. Not forgetting hot air ballooning, which gives guests access to heart-stopping views of this unique landscape.