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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

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9/10

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Highlights

- Exquisite desert location
- Luxurious canvas chalets
- Seclusion and tranquility
- Wolwedans Portfolio

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Overview

Situated in the 200,000 hectare NamibRand Nature Reserve in southwestern Namibia, Dunes Lodge is the largest property in the Wolwedans portfolio. Set in a lovely spot on top of a dune plateau, it affords guests panoramic views across the desert out to the rugged Nubib mountains. The reserve is a tranquil and secluded location, where oryx and springbok are commonly sighted, as well as an abundance of birdlife.

The communal areas are exquisitely designed in permanent tent-like structures, with wonderful surrounding views. Two lounges contain large leather sofas and dark wood fittings, with one featuring a cosy fireplace for cooler evenings. There’s a library and elegant cellar where wine tasting or private candlelit dinners can be arranged. Breakfast and lunch are served at individual tables, in the evenings beautifully presented meals are served around long tables in two dining rooms, and the service is impeccable. There are plenty of places to relax, from sun loungers around the pool, to the wooden decking which encircles the buildings with spectacular sunset views.

The accommodation comprises ten very comfortable and spacious canvas chalets raised out of the sand on stilts, each with a seating area, writing desk and an ensuite bathroom equipped with a shower, flush toilet, and twin basin. The interiors are simple yet luxurious, with double beds draped in mosquito nets and made up with superior white linen. A telephone and WiFi are available in the main areas, although not in individual tents. The chalets’ canvas walls are rolled up to give the impression of sleeping right in the midst of the enveloping desert. Alternatively, ‘star beds’ are positioned on each private veranda so that guests can sleep directly beneath the stars during warmer months. The chalets are not heated, and can get chilly in winter (June-September), so do bring warm clothing if travelling at this time. The stylish Mountain Suite, perfect for honeymooners, is located a good distance from the other rooms, and with its slightly inflated price tag comes a lovely king-sized bed, lounge, dining area, bar cabinet, plunge pool, and a hammock draped across a shaded patio. There’s also a kitchenette in which a private chef can prepare bespoke meals on request.

Activities are centred on exploring the untouched wilderness of the reserve, be it by foot, vehicle, or air safari. Nature drives with knowledgeable and personable guides bring this exquisite landscape to life, and for a significant additional cost, hot-air balloon or private plane rides provide breath-taking experiences. Kudu, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope can be found, but although the reserve is also home to predators such as leopard and hyena, sightings of these are fairly rare. Delightful sundowner trips and picnics are offered, along with informative tours of the Wolwedans village, educating visitors about the ongoing social and sustainability projects in the area. Spa treatments are also available.

Children over six are welcome at the lodge, and for under twelves an extra bed can be added to a chalet to share with parents. For those with older children, a designated family suite consists of two bedrooms separated by a canvas wall, with a shared bathroom. Cots and high chairs are available on request. As both the lodge and the pool are unfenced, parental supervision is essential at all times.

Although Dunes Lodge is the largest of the Wolwedans portfolio of properties, it combines relaxation and exclusivity in a sublime setting with superb service to boot. Inevitably there’s a price tag to match, but the phenomenal surrounding landscape, good variety of interesting activities, and high level of creature comforts make this a great base for some fantastic desert adventures.

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