Wolwedans Dune Camp
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namibia
At a Glance
Find out how the fairy circles are made
Take stunning hot-air balloon ride over the NamibRand
Scenic game drives in the private NamibRand
Dune Camp is positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune so it has fantastic views
Have your bed made up on the deck for a memorable night under the Namibia stars
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Wolwedans Dune Camp
Set on the edge of a high dune in Sossusvlei, Wolwedans Dune Camp has just six comfortable, dome-shaped tents providing guests with an intimate, close to nature experience in this fascinating wilderness in Namibia's southern reaches.
Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high sand dune, Wolwedans Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in comfortable dome-shaped tents pitched on wooden platforms, each furnished with standard beds (covered with down duvets), bedside tables and a suitcase rack. A spacious veranda, allowing for safe sleep-outs under the stars, and a private bathroom fitted with a hot shower, two washbasins and flush toilet complete the civilised camping experience.
The lapa comprises a lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to the chef while he is preparing three-course dinners. The sundowner deck, with its elevated fireplace, is the central meeting point of the camp providing a cosy place to relax and discuss the day’s events.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. Conserving the pro-Namib, the area along the eastern edge of the Namib Desert, is critically important in order to facilitate seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is probably the largest nature reserve in Southern Africa, extending over an area of 172,200 ha.
Accommodation is in six comfortable tents, which are pitched on wooden platforms. Each has a spacious deck, allowing for safe sleep-outs under the stars and a private bathroom make for a rather civilized camping experience. The tents have open sides giving you spectacular views of the dunes.
Due to the remoteness and simplicity of the camp, Wolwedans Dune Camp has imposed a minimum age of 12 years to stay at the camp. Parents who bring children over the age of 12 are kindly asked to supervise their children at all times.
The lapa is comprised of a lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to the chef while he prepares a sumptuous dinner. The sundowner deck with its fireplace is the central meeting point of the camp, making for a cosy and relaxed ambience.
Activities from Dune Camp include guided nature walks and safari drives, scenic drives into the dunes and guests may also arrange to take a hot air balloon flight.
Marooned on a sea of dunes at the edge of Namib Desert, Wolwedans Dune Camp is as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get without a camel. Eighty miles from the nearest town, then 20 bone-jarring minutes by 4WD from the road head, the camps six tents built into an 800ft-high dune on wooden platforms raised on stilts are constantly under threat from the shifting sands. By day, it is a parched, parboiled outpost where dung beetles scuttle for shade and jackals shelter beneath your tent, but by late afternoon, as the dunes blaze red and the shadows lengthen across an epic foreverness of sand and rock, it becomes the most impossibly surreal hotel setting you'll ever try to get your head round.
Sossusvlei Namibias iconic dunescape is less than two hours up the road, and is offered, along with fascinating desert drives and walks in search of jackals and hyenas, ostriches and oryx, as a guided day trip from camp.
Location & directions
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, south of Sesriem/Sossuvlei. The Dunes Lodge is situated in a quiet and idyllic valley.
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.
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