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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 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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