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Wolwedans is a collection of five camps and lodges in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast and pristine wilderness that covers almost 10% of Namibia. The reserve is home to some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world, with rolling dunes, rocky mountains, grassy plains and starry skies. Wolwedans offers a range of accommodation options, each with its own character and location, but all sharing a common vision of sustainability, hospitality and beauty. Whether you choose to stay at the cosy Dune Camp, the secluded Boulders Camp, the spacious Desert Lodge, the exclusive Mountain View Suite or the family-friendly Plains Camp, you will be treated to an unforgettable experience of nature, art and design.
Wolwedans is more than just a place to stay; it is a place to inspire and be inspired. The lodge is deeply committed to conserving and celebrating the NamibRand Nature Reserve and its wildlife, as well as supporting local communities and initiatives. Wolwedans is solar-powered and uses eco-friendly materials and products wherever possible. It also employs local staff and trains them through its Desert Academy. It supports various projects, such as providing scholarships, creating employment opportunities, sponsoring conservation research and donating to anti-poaching efforts. Wolwedans also aims to educate and inspire its guests about the importance of protecting this fragile ecosystem and its inhabitants.
Wolwedans has five camps and lodges, each with its own unique character and style. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with king-sized beds, en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, dressing rooms, fireplaces, minibars and private decks. The rooms are decorated with bespoke furniture and artworks by some of Africa’s most acclaimed designers and artists. The rooms also have large windows and sliding doors that allow natural light and fresh air to fill the space.
Dune Camp: Perched on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, Dune Camp offers six tented rooms and a two-bedroom family villa that are cosy and stylish. The rooms have wooden platforms and private decks that allow for plenty of lounging around. The main area has a lounge, dining area and open-plan kitchen that are built across a series of decks with stunning views over the desert.
Boulders Camp: Nestled at the base of a rocky outcrop with massive mountains towering behind, Boulders Camp offers five tented rooms that are secluded and spacious. The rooms have canvas walls that can be rolled up to reveal panoramic views over the gravel plains. The main area has a lounge, dining area and fireplace that are cosy and inviting. The camp also has a pool and a deck that overlook the valley and the waterhole.
Desert Lodge: Situated on a large plain with sweeping views over the dunes, Desert Lodge offers nine tented rooms that are elegant and spacious. The rooms have wooden floors, canvas roofs and large windows that create a light and airy atmosphere. The main area has a lounge, dining area and library that are decorated with colourful fabrics and artworks. The lodge also has a pool, a gym and a spa that offer relaxation and wellness.
Mountain View Suite: Located on a hilltop with breathtaking views over the mountains and the plains, Mountain View Suite offers a one-bedroom villa that is exclusive and luxurious. The villa has a king-sized bed, a bathroom with a bathtub and an outdoor shower, a dressing room, a fireplace, a minibar and a private deck. The villa also has its own chef, guide and vehicle that provide personalised service and flexibility.
Plains Camp: Set in a secluded part of the reserve with endless views over the plains, Plains Camp offers a four-bedroom villa that is perfect for families and friends. The villa has two master suites and two standard rooms, all with en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. The villa also has a large living area and deck that allow for space and privacy. The villa also has its own villa team, guide and vehicle that provide personalised service and flexibility.
Wolwedans offers an interactive culinary experience, with an open kitchen-dining room where guests can watch the chefs prepare delicious dishes using fresh and local ingredients. The menu changes daily and reflects the seasons and the availability of produce. The cuisine is inspired by both African and international flavours and traditions, with an emphasis on quality and creativity. Guests can enjoy their meals in the dining room or on the outdoor deck overlooking the landscape. The lodge also has a bar with a world-class wine list and cellar showcasing the finest vintages from around the world. The bar is a cosy and convivial place to relax and socialise after a day of adventure.
Wolwedans has a range of facilities to enhance its guests’ stay. There is a spa with two luxury treatment rooms where guests can indulge in massages, facials, manicures and pedicures using natural products. There is also a state-of-the-art gym with cardio and strength equipment for those who want to keep fit. The pool is a serene spot to cool off and enjoy the views over the desert. The boma is a traditional fire-pit where guests can gather around for storytelling and stargazing. The lounge features comfortable sofas, books and games. The bar has a world-class wine list and cellar showcasing the finest vintages from around the world. The restaurant offers an interactive culinary experience, with an open kitchen-dining room where guests can watch the chefs prepare delicious dishes using fresh and local ingredients.
Wolwedans offers a range of activities to suit different interests and preferences. Guests can explore the reserve by land or by air, depending on the weather and the time of year. Game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles with expert guides who can track and spot the wildlife. Scenic flights are done in light aircraft or hot-air balloons that can soar over the landscape and offer a bird’s eye view of the scenery. Nature walks are led by knowledgeable guides who can share their insights on the flora and fauna. Horse riding is available for experienced riders who want to enjoy a closer connection with nature. All these activities offer an intimate and immersive way to experience the reserve and its wonders.
Wolwedans also offers some unique and exclusive activities that are not available elsewhere. These include:
A sleep-out under the stars in a comfortable bed that is set up on a platform in the middle of nowhere.
A visit to the Wolwedans Foundation and Desert Academy, where guests can learn about the lodge’s vision and projects, as well as meet some of the staff and students.
A cultural visit to a nearby farm or village, where guests can interact with the local people and learn about their traditions and way of life.
Wolwedans is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast and pristine wilderness that covers almost 10% of Namibia. The reserve is home to some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world, with rolling dunes, rocky mountains, grassy plains and starry skies. The reserve also boasts a diverse and abundant wildlife population, including oryx, springbok, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, cheetah, leopard, hyena and jackal. The reserve also hosts a variety of habitats, from dry woodlands and grasslands to wetlands and lagoons. The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a unique and dynamic ecosystem that changes with the seasons and the rainfall.
Wolwedans welcomes children of all ages and offers a family-friendly safari experience. The lodge has a dedicated kids’ programme that includes fun and educational activities such as animal tracking, arts and crafts, games and storytelling. The lodge also provides child-friendly meals, babysitting services and special amenities such as cots, high chairs and toys.
Wolwedans is accessible by air or by road. The nearest airstrip is Wolwedans Airstrip, which is about 15 minutes’ drive from the lodge. The airstrip is serviced by scheduled flights from Windhoek (about 1 hour) and Swakopmund (about 1.5 hours). Alternatively, guests can drive to Wolwedans from Windhoek (about 6 hours) or Swakopmund (about 7 hours), depending on the road conditions. The lodge can arrange transfers from either option.
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