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Wolwedans Boulders Safari Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Secluded and exclusive
- Enchanting setting
- Stunning scenery
- Wolwedans Portfolio

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Overview

Located 45km south of its sister Wolwedans properties, Boulders is a remote and exclusive camp with access to the southern-most reaches of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, southwestern Namibia. Against the backdrop of enormous granite boulders, the camp boasts stunning views across the plains to the mountains in the distance. This delightful and ‘other-wordly’ location is reached via a 15km road transfer from Aandster Farm.

The main area comprises a lounge, dining room and kitchen in one central tent. The lounge is cosy and inviting and houses a small library, leather sofas, and vintage safari equipment. Evening meals are generally served beneath a lantern chandelier around the communal table in the dining room, although requests for private dining can be made. Breakfast is a sociable occasion, served on decking around an open fire place amidst a ring of boulders. There is also a small plunge pool. Although WiFi is available in the main areas, the service can be patchy and there is no mobile reception, so a stay at Boulders Camp is a real opportunity to switch off and relax in a truly secluded setting.

There are only four tents at the camp, all of them spacious and built on raised wooden decks. Canvas stretched across wooden frames can be noisy when windy, but earplugs are provided, and for chillier nights, hot water bottles are offered too. The rooms are simply but elegantly decorated, each with a large four-poster bed draped in mosquito netting and flanked by a dressing table, coffee table and chairs. Although not actually ensuite, bathrooms are private and are located just outside the main bedroom, each with shower, flush toilet, and twin basins. Outside, there’s a veranda complete with sun loungers and benches on which to relax and take in the scenery.

The camp’s remote location means that some of the usual Wolwedans activities such as hot-air ballooning and scenic flights, are not possible. Activities here are centred on guided scenic drives and walking safaris. Guests come to witness the breath-taking scenery, with wildlife sightings an added bonus; lucky visitors may glimpse a variety of antelope, with giraffe, zebra, and ostrich a possibility, but carnivore sightings are rare. The night skies are crystal clear since no there’s no light pollution to obscure the stars, and sundowners on a nearby mountain plateau are a real highlight.

Children over the age of six are welcome. Although there are no designated family units, and staff are always happy to add an extra bed to accommodate children, the camp does have an adult atmosphere. Its appeal is remoteness and tranquility, and while it may suit some older children with a genuine love of nature, suites at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge or Private Camp may be more appropriate for families. Since the camp is unfenced, parental supervision is essential at all times.

Boulders Safari Camp will delight any traveller seeking to unwind in a unique and enchanting environment. The exclusive nature of the camp means there’s inevitably a price tag to match, but it’s certainly worth ‘pushing the boat out’ if you can.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

  • Hi Lisa

    We had an amazing holiday.

    Everything was fantastic.

    The transport wa spot on, great drivers, all on time, vans really comfortable and water supplied, a really nice way to travel, and you also get to hear all about the local area. Both companies were excellent.

    Virgin - was a brilliant airline, not sure why I haven't used them before, SO much better than BA.

    Rhino ridge was amazing from start to finish. We has a great female safari guide, who we got very fond of. The wildlife is more sparse but as its more challenging to find we enjoyed this, the surrounding are spectacular. Our guide had great knowledge of the birds. walking safari was excellent and highly recommend. The rooms were superb, very comfortable.

    Thonga beach lodge staff were brilliant, the whole place was amazing, the range of activities excellent and again out guides excellent. The food was wonderful. Again the bird guiding and general guiding was brilliant. We really enjoyed the cultural side of our visit, seeing the local communities and church etc. My only comment on thonga for future guests would be if they can afford it maybe to go for a lodge with a ocean view, our lodge was great , the childrens was quite cramped and low down with a very damp musty smell - not that they noticed it, but I think if people were expecting luxury they might not get what they wanted... saying that it was fantastic for us. The lodge staff were amazing and went out of their way for us.

    Oyster box was a phenomenal hotel and quite a shock to be back in the world after Thonga - but really worth the stay - we loved it, they Kindly gave us a room for the next day as we had a late flight.

    The whole experience was brilliant and really well organised- thank you. We ALL loved everything!

    On reflection:

    we loved having transport rather than driving, it meant we could relax , sleep and find out about the country from the driver.

    If we changed anything, I might spend a little less time at the beach and maybe take in another safari region also. We were repeatedly recommended the Phinda private game reserve (andBeyond) so maybe we would have spent a couple of nights there, in addition, local guides and the tour people said it would give good variety to the Rhino ridge.

    However we were 100% happy with what we did, we really look forward to our next safari !!!

    Best wishes

    Ali

    MissingAlison D reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 23 July 2019

  • Hi lisa,

    We arrived home last Sunday morning so we've been back for a week.

    Firstly, I would like to say thank you very much for the superb arrangements that you made which went like clockwork from start to finish.

    The term part of the trip went really well and we really enjoyed this. Our guide was really helpful and friendly as was our cook/ muleteer.
    We loved the first nights accommodation and the Riad Adore in Marrakech was amazing and one of the best hotel accommodation I've stayed in.Alex

    Mountain refuges were as expected.

    All arrangements by Tourdust were just perfect right up to the moment we were collected by our friendly taxi driver to take us to the airport on our return.

    I have passed Tourdust details on to several people both in Marrakech and since our return and I hope that these result in further bookings.

    Many thanks!

    Alex W

    MissingAlexander W reviewing Classic Berber Villages & Toubkal Ascent on 22 July 2019

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