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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge & Dune Camp

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

The incredible beauty of the NamibRand Nature Reserve at Wolwedans
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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge and Wolwedans Dune Camp in Namibia's NamibRand Private Nature ReserveOnce the hunting ground of the Spotted Hyena, Wolwedans takes its name from the African for "where the wolves dance." The very word conjures up an aura of mystery and romance which, when visiting Wolwedans, nature and the rhythm of the desert will evoke within you. Nestled amidst the dunes in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, and set against a backdrop of unparalleled beauty, Wolwedans provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring nature. Across this diverse canvas of contrasting landscapes traverse an exciting variety of large and small desert creatures - as wild and ancient as their habitat.

The Wolwedans portfolio of camps provides ample opportunity to meet a variety of different expectations and preferred levels of comfort - be it the rustic Dune Camp, the more elaborate Dunes Lodge or the Wolwedans Private Camp. No matter where you opt to stay, warmth and personalised service - embraced by a commitment to care for guest and nature alike - are the hallmarks.

It is here, in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, that you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquillity to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly. Visit once, and you will long to return - that is a promise.

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The Wolwedans Collection consists of the elaborate Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, the more rustic Dune Camp and the Wolwedans Private Camp.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
The Dunes Lodge aims at providing a unique experience close to nature, yet without compromising comfort and style.The entire lodge is constructed on wooden platforms and overlooks panoramic vistas in all directions, capturing the desert in an intimate and memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden poles and large canvas blinds/windows that open up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building.

Each of the eight spacious Chalets with en-suite bathrooms leads onto a private veranda and stretches of untouched sand. Careful selection of furniture, light coloured linen as well as the selection of accessories give the Dunes Lodge a distinct natural charm. The 9th Chalet - the family room - consist of 2 separate bedrooms and one bathroom.

The main complex of Dunes Lodge - also built on stilts - consists of a bar and lounge, sundowner decks with a fireplace and a spacious dining room. All communal areas open out onto a veranda with a superb view of the surroundings. Three Chalets are directly accessible from the main complex by wooden walkways and thus easily accessible for elderly and handicapped guests.

The Mountain View Suite
The Mountain View Suite is a new addition to the Dunes Lodge. Just over 200 square meters of deck rising above the dunes provides ample living space and adds a touch of luxury to the Wolwedans Collection. Located within walking distance from the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, yet secluded, and nestled amidst a magnificent dunes landscape, The Suite allows friends of Wolwedans to spend more than two nights in a homely and stylish atmosphere with ample space, maximum comfort and a high degree of privacy.

The Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with a king-size double bed allowing guests to enjoy the view of their private dune valley to the fullest. There is a en-suite bathroom facility with two wash basins, a shower and toilet. A shaded patio, provides an ideal venue for out-door meals and relaxed hours in the shade floating about in a hammock.

Add to this a spacious lounge, bar and dining area and you have a wonderful home away from home. In the event that guests wish to enjoy meals ‘entre-nous’, an open plan kitchenette supports the preparation of meals at the suite. An east-facing veranda and sun-deck lead from the platform into the surrounding dunes. A special attraction is the ‘star-gazing’ bed incorporated into the main veranda, providing a wonderful sleep-out venue during summer.

Keeping in line with the traditional Wolwedans style the ambience is that of plain elegance embraced by a natural, comfortable charm. The Suite is furnished with colonial/safari style furniture and a well balanced variety of decorative items. The Suite can be regarded as very elegant, yet allowing for a casual, relaxed and unpretentious life-style.

Wolwedans Dune Camp
Located on the very edge of a 250-meter high dune, the Dune Camp overlooks the prominent Losberg Mountain towards the east. Heading west, the Chateau viewpoint - one of the reserves' most enchanting panoramas - can be reached by foot in less than five minutes. A sundowner in the dunes, facing the sun as it sets over the Bushman Hills, is an experience to share with someone close.

The Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents pitched on wooden platforms and these are furnished with standard beds, bedside tables and a suitcase rack. Each tent has a spacious verandah and a private bathroom fitted with a hot shower, washbasin and flush toilet. Meals are enjoyed at the central lapa. The lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to their chef while he is preparing a three-course dinner, guarantee a cosy ambience.

A sundowner deck with fireplace provides a relaxed atmosphere for brilliant star-gazing. Whilst the lodge aims at accommodating those guests in need of relaxed comfort, the camp is a more down-to-earth and close to nature experience. Ideally suited for the younger and more adventurous traveller, the charm of the camp lies in its tranquil and intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era.

Wolwedans Private Camp
Situated in the quiet seclusion of an idyllic valley, the Private Camp - catering for four guests, is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude. The idea of the Private Camp is to get away for a day or two - not doing much except relaxing and spending quality time with a partner. Guided activities are not part of the package and the emphasis is on pure relaxation.

Browsing through the library, taking walks in the plains and preparing your own meals (all food and beverages are supplied, you cook and serve 'entre nous') will keep you fully occupied. It is recommended that guests who have not stayed at Wolwedans prior, book the Private Camp in combination with a night at the Lodge or Dune Camp, joining some of the activities before seeking total seclusion.

The Private Camp suite comprises two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, a veranda and the lounge, combining a study, a living-room arrangement, a dining area and a fully equipped open plan kitchen. The building style is a combination of wood and canvas, and the carefully selected furnishings bring alive the true romance of Africa.

The Private Camp requires a minimum stay of two nights and is only available from 15 December to 15 March. The price varies considerably, depending on how many guests book. Activities are normally together with Dunes Lodge or Dune Camp guests, but accommodation and meals are private. If total privacy on drives and walks is requested too, guests have to book the 'private' version at a surcharge. Only cohesive groups are booked into Private Camp.  The camp can also be booked with all services and activities included, for example a private chef and your personal field guide.

Wolwedans Boulders Camp
Situated 45 kilometres south of Wolwedans and hugged by massive granite rocks, Boulders Camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Collection. Sleeping a maximum of eight guests in four spacious tents, Boulders is undoubtedly the most exclusive camp at Wolwedans. The main area sports a dining and lounge tent, a breakfast deck and open fire place. Close by is an awesome sundowner spot overlooking the vast beauty of the reserve. From Boulders Camp you will explore the deep south of NamibRand Nature Reserve. Guided scenic drives or two to three hour walking safaris treading along the ancient hunting grounds of the bushmen, will happily fill your days.

Boulders calls for a two night stay and is ideally booked in combination with one or two nights at any of the other camps in the dunes, which makes for the ultimate desert experience..

No matter where you stay at Wolwedans, the inviting staff will introduce you to this great theatre of nature and kindle ancient stirrings within you. Accompanied by experienced guides, visitors are introduced to the many facets of NamibRand Nature Reserve's desert habitat with its diverse fauna and flora - on foot, by car, or from the air in a hot-air balloon. Interpretive scenic drives in open Landrovers and walks with resident field-guides reveal the wonders of the desert - as do picnics in the wild, sundowners on the dunes and dinners by candlelight.

The traditional programme - providing you stay for two nights - which is earnestly recommended (if possible you should stay for three) - would entail an afternoon drive on the day of arrival, followed by a full day-safari. The lodge also lends itself to relaxing for an afternoon - the choice is entirely yours.

Hot-Air Ballooning
A special attraction of a stay at Wolwedans is hot-air ballooning which can be added to virtually any itinerary. Soaring silently over the dune belts and never-ending plains provides breathtaking 360 degree vistas as the leisurely wind carries you over an ocean of sand and waves of mountain.

From the best viewpoint imaginable you admire the stark beauty of the Namib for about an hour, before you celebrate this extravagant experience with a champagne breakfast at the landing spot. On NamibRand Nature Reserve, the hot-air balloon excursions commence at Mwisho, situated about 30 kilometres north of Wolwedans.

Guests staying at Wolwedans have one of two options; that is to either extend their stay by another night, sleeping over at Camp Mwisho or transfer to the launch site from Wolwedans two hours prior to sunrise. Camp Mwisho, situated within the northern parts of NamibRand Nature Reserve, offers accommodation for eight guests in comfortable Serengeti-style safari tents, with en-suite facilities. Meals are enjoyed on the veranda of the old farmhouse. Staying over at Camp Mwisho serves as a means to an end, that is to avoid the early morning transfer.

NamibRand Nature Reserve
The NamibRand Nature Reserve (Southern Africa's biggest privately owned reserve) originated as a dream of extending the desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former sheep farms and developing a sanctuary free of fences, so that once again the wildlife could roam their habitat unhindered. Inviting nature lovers from all over the world to share in this dream has always been one of the objectives, and today NamibRand is synonymous with some of Namibia's - if not Africa's - most breathtaking locations.

Covering an area of some 200,000 hectares close to Sossusvlei, NamibRand is bordered by the Naukluft Park in the west and the impressive Nubib Mountain range in the East. The special attraction of the reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes. Virtually all facets of the Namib are represented here. Mountains plunging down into endless grassy plains, which are interspersed by red vegetated dunes, create a living tapestry of colours and shapes that make it a visual utopia for artists and photographers.

Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, Cape fox and African wildcats. The more rocky areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard, while the dunes harbour a rich and diverse micro-fauna. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded.

The main objective of NamibRand Nature Reserve is to conserve this beautiful land, and to invite nature lovers from all over the world to share in this dream. Every guest staying at Wolwedans contributes directly towards the conservation of NamibRand, as a fixed percentage of the revenue flows towards conservation. In the long run, such levies will make the reserve self-sustainable. However, income from tourism will always be limited, because right from the outset, the number of guests this wilderness paradise can and should accommodate has been restricted.

Despite the tremendous potential for ongoing tourist developments it has been decided that every bed, in theory, must be surrounded by 2000 hectares of wilderness - now and forever. Hence, capital intensive funding for major conservation projects - such as the introduction of giraffes, the establishment of a research and education centre and the like - cannot be financed out of the reserve's own resources.

This is where the NamibRand Conservation Foundation (NRCF) comes into the picture. The NRCF is an independent non-profit organisation, established during 1998 under the patronage of the Namibia Nature Foundation with the aim of promoting large scale conservation and research projects in the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the south-western Namib region.

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