NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namibia
At a Glance
- Located in a private 15,000 hectare desert terrain
Enjoy a diverse landscape of craggy mountains, desert landscape and vast vistas as far as the eye can see
- Just 12 chalets offering a private and exclusive stay in a stunning area
The NamibRand has been named as Africa's first designated International Dark Sky Reserve - it is one of the least polluted areas in the world, able to offer some unforgettable star gazing
Enjoy exploring the NamibRand on horseback, quad bike, game drive, or even by foot
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 vacation to Kwessi Dunes
Due to open March 2020, Kwessi Dunes is the brand new offering from Natural Selection located in the 200,000 hectare wilderness of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Surrounded by incredible vistas, this camp offers an intimate and off-the-beaten-track feel.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve conjures images of rolling desert plains a backdrop of craggy mountains and surrounding earthy tones, and Kwessi Dunes has been perfectly located for guests to enjoy and experience just that. Located on a 15,000 hectare private reserve, guests can enjoy an exclusive stay whilst soaking up the beauty of the colorful landscape and enjoying the peace that the desert offers.
Kwessi Dunes has 12 air conditioned chalets with thatched roofs and canvas walls spaced out from the main lodge. Full of character and designed with an old-world safari-feel in mind, rooms have four poster beds, antique furniture and colorful patterned fabrics to create a welcoming and homely feel. Large glass windows are a prominent feature for the main lodge to allow guests to enjoy the beautiful vistas of the NamibRand, as well as a well-stocked bar area, several living areas along with a library, dining area, swimming pool and outside fire.
The NamibRand has also been named as Africa's first International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world. With each chalet coming with a star gazer bed on top of the room, guests can enjoy private star gazing every night of their stay if they wish. During the day there are numerous activities on offer to explore the NamibRand, from nature drives and hiking, to quad biking and horseback riding (extra cost). Guests staying at Kwessi Dunes could also visit the towering dunes of Sossusvlei and the eerie petrified trees of deadvlei on a day trip, or glide over the desert in a hot air balloon, both of which come at an extra cost.
Kwessi Dunes has 12 chalets in total, each with thatched roofs and canvas sides to create offer an authentic safari feel whilst keeping rooms cool in the heat of the desert. Bedrooms have been designed with an old-world charm in mind, with vintage four-poster beds, striped walls and a rooftop star gazer room which is completely open to the sky to offer some incredible star gazing opportunities every night of your stay. A large window opens up onto a private veranda to bring the earthy desert hues to life, and offers a quiet place to relax. Each chalet comes with air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers.
The main area of the lodge features incredible views out to the Namib Rand and mountains in the distance through huge windows. Inside, there's several seating areas, a dining area, well-stocked bar and library area for some quiet relaxing. The swimming pool provides a place to cool off during the hot afternoons and a campfire just outside the front is perfect for warming up on a cooler morning or after the sun sets and the stars begin to appear.
Guests staying at Kwessi Dunes can explore the desert and surrounds on a range of activities. One of the best ways to see what the Namib Rand has to offer is by heading out with a guide on morning and afternoon scenic drives where you could see some desert adapted animals such as oryx or even brown hyena and jackals. When not out in a vehicle, guests can also head out on foot enjoy the semi-arid desert on closer inspection. Other activities include quad bikes across the reserve and star gazing, either from the main camp, or privately from your star deck. Other activities which come at an extra cost is a day trip to the rust red dunes of Sossusvlei, hot air ballooning, horse riding and scenic helicopter flights.
Activities at Kwessi Dunes
Stay at Kwessi Dunes and enjoy exploring the NamibRand Nature Reserve with a guide on game drives, hikes and quad bikes and marvel at the incredible scenes of red dunes, sandy plains and mountains in the distance.
Hot Air Ballooning - Sossusvlei
Enjoy the rocky landscape and sand dunes of Sossusvlei from above, soar over the Namib Desert as the landscape changes color as the sun rises. What better way to view them than from above, drifting gently in a hot air balloon?
Red Dunes and Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei
On the edge of the Namib-Naukluft are the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, a dune sea slowly marching towards the Atlantic Ocean.
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Location & directions
NamibRand Nature Reserve, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Kwessi Dunes is located in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia. Situated in 15,000 hecatres of exclusive desert terrain with access to all 200,000 hectares of the whole of the NamibRand.
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