There are very few places such as this - which marry comfort in a pristine location with serious eco consciousness. With no grid supplied electricity, just solar panels to generate the power needed by the lodge, the little veggie garden with produce for your salad, the limited water per guest (but still more than enough) and the pipes running your shower water off to the base of an acacia tree in the red desert sand which is solely reliant on your shower water... this is taking eco consciousness to the next level, resulting in a feather light carbon footprint and a wonderful lodge in an extraordinary desert setting.
As a first visit to Namibia, our Sossusvlei experience was memorable, made ever more special by the 3 nights we spent here. In a gorgeous, pastel toned setting, the tents are spacious, well furnished and very comfortable to hang out in. The deck overlooking the dunes with the occasional Oryx wandering past is a perfect place to spend the hot afternoon reading or observing the desert - as it faces east, you're in the shade.
This is the only lodge with a pool, so if you enjoy swimming choose this one. Its a long trek to get here by road (it takes 6.5 hours from Windhoek) but once at Wolwedans you will experience peace and quiet like you have never before.
The night skies are incredible, you can view the Milky Way and many, many clusters of stars. I attach a photo that you will not believe. The southern night skies are spectacular and this reserve with its "dark sky" status allows you to observe them like nowhere else. What is missing here is an astronomer, someone to teach you more about what you're seeing.
The food was good overall. Remembering how remote we were always made us realise that having the right ingredients takes alot of planning and cooking with what you can get takes creativity - and with that the chef manages to pull off a 5 course meal every evening, which is impressive.
The service if warm and friendly, but perhaps at times a tad too slow... but then again, its the desert and who has a train to catch anyway? This place is the perfect antidote to a frenetic city lifestyle.
We would certainly return to this lodge as we had a super time and thought it to be very good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wolwedans nestles into the dunes and is set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, our portfolio of camps provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wolwedans Dunes Hotel Maltahohe