Wolwedans Dune Camp
Located in NamibRand Nature Reserve in Sossusvlei, Wolwedans Dune Camp is a classic desert camp built on the side of a vegetated dune with spectacular views of the plains below and mountains in the distance.
NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast privately owned reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, is situated south of Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia. Synonymous with some of Africa’s most breathtaking locations, the Reserve originated in 1992 as the dream of the late J.A. (Albi) Brückner – to extend desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former livestock farms. To date, thirteen former livestock farms have been rehabilitated into a single continuous natural habitat. The result is a sanctuary free of fences allowing the wildlife to once again roam their habitat unhindered.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a non-profit private nature reserve. All landowners belonging to the Reserve have signed agreements and adopted a constitution that sets aside the land for conservation – now and in the future. The Reserve is financially self-sustaining mainly through high quality, low- impact tourism.
The main objective of NamibRand Nature Reserve is the conservation of this beautiful land on a self-sustainable basis. Each lodge or operation on the Reserve is limited to 20 beds each. This strict code of ethics assures that this wilderness paradise accommodates only a limited number of guests at a time: 1 bed to 1000 hectares of nature ratio. This means that as a guest at Wolwedans you have about two million square meters of wilderness to yourself… a refuge free of tour buses and overland trucks. This luxury of space makes the reserve the pristine destination it is today.
A short walk across the dune the main lapa is made from wood and also has spectacular views. The lodge and dining area is open on one side, with a sundowner deck for socialising round a campfire and an open kitchen so that you can chat to the chef while they prepare the evening meal. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms has a private verandah, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars. The main complex consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto decks with superb views. The variety of recreational space makes a visit both exciting and relaxing.
Exciting game drives with experienced game rangers are perfect to spot the many bush wanderers that are adapted to the harsh conditions of this dry land. Other exciting activities include bush walking, cultural tours, hot-air ballooning, scenic flights and bush dining.