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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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(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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