Wolwedans begins with location. It is situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve which is in the Southern Namib Desert. The Namib is one of the oldest and driest deserts in the world, yet is still the most species rich. Creatures great and small are sustained on an ecosystem
nurtured by moisture from the coastal fog carried in on the
The stunning red sand dunes, the mysterious fairy circles and mountains of boulders offer scenery to rival the nearby Sossusvlei, but where Sossusvlei offers one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, Wolwedans offers solitude. There are 1000 hectares allotted to each guest, and while the delights of civilization are at your
fingertips, the vast beauty of the NamibRand is spread out before your feet.
There is plenty of scope for growing the lodge and growing the business at Wolwedans, but owner and manager Stephan Brückner has decided to limit development, in keeping with the original premise of the NamibRand Reserve. The reserve was founded by Albi Brückner in the early 1990s. Albi and some like-minded nature lovers purchased
13 sheep farms over the years, and removed all the fences, bringing the land back to what it was before man came along with new ideas like “land ownership.” The result is one of the largest private nature reserves in the world, and one of the country’s most interesting lodge concepts.
The Wolwedans collection is known in Namibia as among the finest accommodation establishments in the country with a keen
conservationist philosophy. The four camps are all built so that they can be taken down with no trace within a week, yet they are
decorated with such care and attention to detail that it seems far removed from temporary accommodation. The roomy structures, four star cooking and perfectly appointed furniture create an immersive experience seamlessly blending luxury accommodation with the open wilderness.
Dunes Lodge is built of wooden structures and canvas blinds. It is the nearest thing to a permanent structure at Wolwedans, but still offers the ambience of sleeping in the open under the stars. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms has a private verandah which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand.
The main complex was completely rebuilt in 2003. It consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fire place, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the Lodge open out onto decks with superb views.
Mountain View Suite
With 200 square metres of deck rising above the dunes, the Mountain View Suite provides ample living space and ultimate exclusivity to the Wolwedans Collection. The Suite is located within walking distance from the Dunes Lodge, yet is far enough away to provide seclusion and privacy.
The Suite boasts a spacious en-suite bedroom with a kingsize bed which offers a view of the guests own “private” dune. Keeping in line with the traditional Wolwedans style, the ambience is that of plain elegance embraced by a natural, comfortable charm.
Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, the Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally unspoiled setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents, which are pitched on wooden platforms.
A spacious deck, allowing for safe sleep-outs under the stars and a private bathroom make for a rather civilized safari experience.
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. Its rustic but unique atmosphere courts the young and more adventurous traveller.
The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era. Dune Camp requires a minimum stay of two nights and a day safari with picnic lunch en-route is part of the package.
Situated 45 kilometres south of the main Wolwedans complex and hugged by massive granite rocks, Boulders Safari Camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Collection. Sleeping a maximum of eight guests in four spacious tents, Boulders is undoubtedly the most exclusive camp at Wolwedans. The main area sports a dining and lounge tent, a breakfast deck and open fire place. Close by is an awesome sundowner spot overlooking the vast beauty of the reserve.
From Boulders Safari Camp you will explore the deep south of NamibRand Nature Reserve.
You can happily fill your days with guided scenic drives, or two to three hour walking safaris treading along the ancient hunting grounds of the bushmen. Boulders calls for a two night stay and is ideally booked in combination with one or two nights at any of the other camps in the dunes, which makes for the ultimate desert experience.
Situated in a quiet and idyllic valley, this splendid Suite caters exclusively for no more than four guests. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude. Private Camp offers two spacious en-suite bedrooms, a ‘Sala’ perfect for that much needed siesta. A network of wooden decks offer views in all directions. The suite has a central lounge, combining a study, living room, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Its open-plan design allows uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature.
The Private Camp is designed for those who enjoy the peace that utter silence can afford. Get away for a day or two and revel in the luxury of reading, reflecting or taking walks in one of the most enchanting landscapes in Africa. No matter which camp you choose, you will be immersed in nature and comfort. Activities are available such as scenic drives, scenic flights, hot-air ballooning and nature walks, but nothing is demanded of you except to relax and experience the magic of Wolwedans and the NamibRand Nature Reserve.