- Total privacy and exclusivity
- Stunning desert setting
- Perfect for families or honeymooners
- Wolwedans Portfolio
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.
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!
Woan 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
Catherine 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!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019