A lodge with incredible panoramic views of the dunes
Watch as the setting sun turns the dunes a fiery red
A variety of suite types to suit everybody
The lodge is made up of wooden structures with canvas blinds, allowing every aspect to be opened up to enjoy the desert views around it. The canvas blinds provide it with a camp like ambience but with a more solid and permanent feel due to the protection of the structures.
There are nine chalet bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and a private split-level deck area stretching out to the vast undulating desert sands beyond. The decks have built-in benches, sunloungers and chairs providing the perfect spots for relaxing in and taking in the limitlessness surroundings. You can also request for your bed to be moved onto your deck if you feel like spending a magical night sleeping under the stars. One of the chalets has two bedrooms, separated by a canvas wall and sharing one bathroom, ideal for a family with young children.
Further away from all of the other rooms, about 1km from the main lodge, is the Mountain View Suite, a secluded option perfect for honeymooners or anyone just wanting complete exclusivity. The suite benefits from a private guide and vehicle, and a private valet to be on beck and call. The suite has a spacious bedroom, it’s own lounge and dining area, a private plunge pool, and a small kitchenette, making it entirely self-contained so guests needn’t go over to the main lodge at all.
The rest of the chalets at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge are all connected to the main part of the camp by a series of sandy paths and walkways over the dunes. In the main area you find two lounge areas, several decks for enjoying drinks during the evening, a fireplace, library, two dining rooms and a tea deck. A particularly special feature is the subterranean wine cellar which stocks a range of excellent wines and can be used for an enjoyable wine tasting evening or a romantic candlelit dinner.
On hot afternoons guests will particularly enjoy the small swimming pool which is surrounded by sun loungers and hammocks and provides a welcome respite from the heat.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is located in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, south of Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia. The reserve covers around 200,000 hectares and encompasses a huge diversity of landscapes. Of particular interest in the reserve are the fairy circles – mysterious bare circles in the sand that stretch along the borders of the Namib Desert and have yet to be explained despite numerous scientists researching their origin. The lodge itself is perched on top of a dune plateau, giving it fantastic panoramic vistas of the flame red dunes around it.
Wolwedans is a comfortable and very well run establishment, each of the lodges offers excellent food and service but what really makes it stand out is the location. At Dunes Lodge the large number of deck areas and sundowner spots really pay tribute to the spectacular surroundings, encouraging guests to spend as much time as possible enjoying the tranquillity that comes with being in such a vast space. Sunset is particularly memorable as the light falls on the Losberg Mountain across the dunes and turns it a spectacular red.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
The lodge is accessible by self-driving or by charter flight. The NamibRand Nature Reserve is situated about 400km south-west of Windhoek. From the main gate of the reserve, follow signs to Wolwedans. This is about 20km. At the main Wolwedans reception your guides will meet you and take you the short distance to the lodge.
There is Wi-Fi in the main reception building. Mobile phone signal is intermittent and cannot be relied on.