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Wolwedans Dune Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Intimate camp
- Spacious, luxurious tents
- Stunning desert landscapes
- Wolwedans Portfolio

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Overview

Wolwedans Dune Camp is situated within the 200,000 hectare private NamibRand Nature Reserve, southwestern Namibia, and is the longest established property in the Wolwedans collection. South of Sossusvlei, the camp perches on a 250m high dune within the Namib desert, with stunning panoramic views stretching across the sands to the Nubib mountains in the distance. Opportunities to see oryx and springbok abound, with sightings of ostriches, zebra, and giraffe also possible.

The camp's small size lends it an intimate feel. One main tent houses all the communal facilities, a set-up that encourages socialising with other guests. The lounge is cosy and inviting, with brown leather sofas, antique furniture, and a small selection of books. Meals are served around one long table in the dining room, beneath candlelit chandeliers. Food features fresh produce and local meats; vegetarians should request alternative options in advance to avoid disappointment. Fantastic and friendly hosting puts guests at ease, and after dinner the sundowner deck, with its campfire and canvas chairs, provides a charming setting to meet other travellers and swap stories. A telephone, WiFi, and charging points are available in the main area.

With just six tents pitched on wooden platforms, Dune Camp is more exclusive than the neighbouring Dunes Lodge, though the accommodation is a little more basic. Spacious and very comfortable, the twin beds are bracketed by bedside tables holding solar-powered lamps. The ensuite bathroom contains a shower, flush toilet, and twin hand basins. Fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries add a luxurious touch, and a laundry service is available at additional cost. Canvas windows roll up to reveal spectacular surroundings, and guests have the option to sleep beneath the exquisitely clear night skies on 'star-beds' situated on the large private verandas.

Wolwedan’s activities tend to be somewhat sedate, with morning and afternoon nature drives on offer, as well as full-day safaris. Guides well-versed in the flora and fauna of the area educate and engage, and the picnic lunches are very pleasant. For an additional cost, the pristine natural surroundings can be explored by hot-air balloon, scenic flight, or on horseback. Spa treatments are also available.

Children over six are welcome, but the camp does not recommend bringing under twelves. This may be due to a lack of child-specific activities, and with no pool, another Wolwedan’s property such as Dunes Lodge or Private Camp may be more suitable for younger children. However, for families travelling with older children with a keen interest in nature, a private suite is available, with two double en-suite rooms flanking a shared deck where tea is served each morning.

Dune Camp is ideal for travellers seeking an intimate and laid-back desert experience combined with some genuine creature comforts amidst a beautiful, wild and expansive landscape.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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