Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is set on top of the dunes, in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, to the south of Sossusvlei. It is an incredibly peaceful place defined by dramatic red sand dunes sitting beneath vast open skies.
The design of the main lodge and nine cottages (built in wood and canvas) reflects their natural surroundings and private wooden verandas allow guests to sit and simply drink in panoramic views stretching in every direction. The ambience is that of a tented camp while at the same time offering great comfort and privacy. The main area, comprises two lounges, a number of sun downer decks, a fireplace, tea deck, library, wine cellar and two dining rooms. The many verandas look out over superb views, as does the open-air swimming pool. Those who seek total seclusion will be attracted to the Mountain View Suite, which provides a private living and dining area and great comfort and style.
Game drives and guided walks offer sightings of oryx and plains game but also reveal the fascinating wonders of intricate desert ecosystems while hot air ballooning gives guests access to heart-stopping views of this unique landscape.
Building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. Dunes Lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms sports a private verandah, which connects to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with the canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars.
Children are most welcome but there are no specific child care facilities. Meal times and food can be tailored to suit younger guests.
The main complex consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a cosy fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms. The lodge also has a welcoming swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand and has lovely views of the surrounding landscape.
Activities from Dune Lodge include guided nature walks and safari drives, scenic drives into the dunes and guests may also arrange to take a hot air balloon flight.
When to travel
If you're visiting Sossusvlei, the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. Therefore, the best time to visit southern Namibia is in winter (May and September) but bear in mind that the desert regions can be bitterly cold at this time of year. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.
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Location and directions
Namibrand Nature Reserve
Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, south of Sesriem/Sossuvlei. The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert.
How to get there
Windhoek Airport (440km) is the closest international airport. From here you can take a light aircraft flight to Wolwedans' private airstrip near the camp. You will be met at the airstrip and transfered to camp, a 15-minute drive. Alternatively, its a 6 hours drive from Windhoek to Wolwedans.