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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   NamibRand Nature Reserve, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia   |  
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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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“Hot, hot, hot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

It was hot when we visited Wolwedans last November. It was our third visit to the Namib Rand, and that area is so incredibile beautiful…. Big skies and what a space.
This was our first visit to Wolwedans, the place being on our wishlist for several years. We stayed with a couple of good friends at the Wolwedans Private Camp.
It is a beautiful camp in the plains with a great view. Two romantic bedrooms and a spacious living area with a big open plan kitchen in the middle.
The day we arrived we had visited Sossusvlei in the morning so we wanted to have an nice afternoon nap. But the place was hot, hot, hot.
In private camp there is no breeze, no splash pool, no outdoor shower….. we were boiling…. Late afternoon the breeze started and luckily the nights were much cooler.
The views are great and I can imagine that a lot of people will be caught by the magic of this place. For me, I don’t know if it was the heat, but this time no breathtaking moments during our stay, however seeing the sunrise in bed in front of you was a special moment.
Learning from our experience, next day we asked the staff where we could cool down during the day. We were dropped at Dunes Lodge; the only accommodation with a pool. We had a lovely day and learned that a lot of other Private Camp guests want to be dropped at Dunes Lodge to spent the day.
So if considering visiting Wolwedans, we recommend you stay at Dunes Lodge, on a beautiful location at a top of the dune, catching breezes (cooler) during the day at that location and having a most wonderful downhill view.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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London, UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

We stayed at the Dunes Camp for 2 nights in September and it was the highlight of our trip to Namibia. Set on a private reserve it was a magical experience where you do feel very close to nature. We left our tent open at night and were woken each morning by incredible views and the sun rising over the mountains. The staff were lovely and couldn't have been more attentive and the food was exceptional. Better than I have tasted in a lot on London restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Köln
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2008

Wolwedans fulfilled all my expectations. It was the higlight of our Namibia tour in 2004. Unfortunately we spent only 2 nights there, had we known before how exceptional the place is, we would have stayed longer, even though it's not exactly cheap. Friends who had been there before told us to stay at the camp to get the "real desert feeling". It was a good advice.
After we were shown to our tent (very nice on a wooden terrace overlooking the desert) we were introduced to the friendly staff and had a delicious diner. There I was told to leave the tent open during the night so I could watch the wonderful night sky. Even though I was a little nervous about reptiles and insects I followed the advice and so I fell asleep while watching the stars above me. I think I never slept so well! When I got up the next morning there was a tray with hot water for tea and coffee waiting for me and so I sat outside and watched the sunrise. The day we spent with our guide (I'm sorry I forgot his name) who told us everything we wanted to know and took us to the most beautiful spots in the area. Especially the place where we had our sundowner with its spectacular view I will never forget.
As I already mentioned the place is pretty expensive but since you have no extra costs and everything is included I found that it is worth it.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed October 2004, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Porto, Portugal
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

First and foremost, thank you Wiseman, Vinte and Paulo. You made our Dune Camp stay, one of the most amazing trips of our life.

The Camp:

Not a luxury facility, but for sure a luxury and exclusive experience. The Dune Camp, it's a remote camp, that gives you the exquisite opportunity of sleeping in tents on the middle of the NamibRand reserve, 500km away from Windhoek, yet, feeling at home.

Great for those who love nature, seek isolation ( no mobile phones on the camp) and really need to rest.

Did you enjoyed the Chedi Muscat food? Wait until you sit on the open dinner deck of the Dune Camp, having the four course dinner. Probably th best I had on my travelling life. The food is prepared under supervision of the German Chef Mark.

The service excellent. You will feel, as they locally say, that you suddenly found a new family.

The Landscape:

Probably on my top 3 along with Bora Bora (Otematu) and Cambodia (Angkor Wat). Check some of the photos and you will see why!

Don't forget to take a hot ballon ride! One of the 100 things you should do before you die.

I'm not sure how someone can call it overpriced!!!!

  • Stayed October 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2007

Accommodation was wonderful, great open sided tents with bathroom and outside decks. Food and service was average which was a let down considering the price ( £400.00 per couple per night) . Found it difficult to find somebody to serve drinks at the bar area and felt as if everyone was expected not to stay up later than 9.30pm.
The setting at Wolvedans is great, but it didn't seem to be very professionally managed which was a shame. Next time we will choose somewhere less "exclusive".

  • Liked — Comfort
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2007

Wolwedans Dune Camp fwas an amzing experience. we flew in for 3 nites and here´s where i proposed to my now wife (so yes- she accepted) Compared to other namibian resorts it was not so expensive but very nice. i guess the view from the bathroom is probably the best i have and will ever see. Luxury camping in double tents on their private wooden terrace with your own bathroom 20 m away. When you come to bed after your dinner (with the other guests at one table) the bed is warmed , and when you wake up they have put a can of tea in front of your bed. the guide who takes you for the tour explains nature in a nice personal way.. The staff is great anyway, and helpful witrh whatever you need ( ioncluding plastic roses if u intend to propose or so...)
go there - and of the three options take the camp, not the lodge or private lodge for the full experience

  • Liked — nature, staff, views, tours,...
  • Disliked — the fact that the beds are seperated. b
  • Stayed March 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2005

We stayed at Wolwedans Dune Camp for two nights in October 2004. It's quite expensive but a perfect place if you want to have an absolute highlight on your journey through namibia. The double tents give a real new definition of "camping" with fine linen in the comfortable beds and their private wooden terrace. Best is the early morning tea, sitting in bed and looking at the sunrise over the Namib desert. The staff makes you feel like home. The location is outstanding but the most remarkable is the warm and friendly atmosphere in the camp.

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Address: NamibRand Nature Reserve, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Hardap Region > NamibRand Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in NamibRand Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Wolwedans Dune Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
DUNE CAMP – has six canvas tents built on stilts atop a 250-metre-high grass covered dune. A spacious deck allows for sleeping outdoors under the stars, and an en-suite bathroom completes this very civilized camping experience. The main area comprises a lounge, dining area and open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to the chef while their meals are being prepared. The charm of Dune Camp, lies in its tranquil and intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era. ... more   less 

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