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Wolwedans Private Camp

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

Highlights

- Total privacy and exclusivity
- Stunning desert setting
- Perfect for families or honeymooners
- Wolwedans Portfolio

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Overview

Seated within a dune valley in the 200,000 hectare NamibRand Nature Reserve, southwestern Namibia, Private Camp is a self-catering villa that must be booked out exclusively, ensuring total peace and privacy amidst the striking red desert sands. Ideal for a relaxing stay at the end of a busy safari, the reserve isn’t home to the hugest concentration of large game, but sightings of zebra, antelope, oryx, and springbok are common, and the surrounding flora, flauna and magical landscape will make for a fascinating stay.

The camp comprises large, comfortable, canvas-topped structures set upon raised wooden platforms and the canvas walls can be rolled up to allow uninterrupted views of the superb surroundings. The main camp area is open plan with a warm, rustic feel. Leather sofas, a writing table, and a small library form the lounge area, and the dining table neighbours the fully-equipped kitchen. High-quality food supplies are provided should guests wish to cook themselves, or alternatively a private chef is available at additional cost. There is plenty of outdoor seating on the decking surrounding the buildings, and a lovely 'sala' provides a comfortable spot for a siesta. There’s a plunge pool overlooking a small but well frequented waterhole which offers welcome refreshment from the heat.

The villa contains three spacious twin or double rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom complete with shower, flushing toilet, and basin. The rooms are well-appointed, with four-poster beds draped in mosquito nets, indoor sofas with lovely views, and private decks.

A variety of activities are on offer including scenic drives and gentle nature walks. Hot-air ballooning and scenic flights are available for anyone seeking to take in the landscape on a grander scale. Activities can be shared with other lodge and camp guests, or booked out exclusively, at additional cost. While there are some wildlife opportunities, the primary draw is rest, relaxation and reconnection with the wilderness. For those who wish to learn a little more about ecotourism, an enlightening tour of the nearby village educates guests about Wolwedans' various sustainability and social projects.

Of all the Wolwedans properties, Private Camp is the most suited to families, since camp bookings are for only one group at a time, so there’s the freedom to relax without the worry of disturbing other guests. The 'sala' can be converted into a makeshift bedroom for small children, although it is set slightly apart from the other buildings and is not ensuite. Due to age restrictions on some activities, families are required to book private activities at additional cost. Babysitting can be arranged, though note that staff are not professionally trained. Although the risk of animals approaching camp is low, parental supervision is essential at all times, particularly for young children since the plunge pool is unfenced and set on a deck with a steep drop.

Private Camp is perfect for travellers seeking seclusion and tranquility in a stunning setting, a gem of a hideaway offering ultimate privacy amidst an exquisite desert setting.

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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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