2010/11/13

Review of Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, NamibRand Reserve

Recreational experience in desert landscape, newly decorated tents & fine food

We two families (each with a teen) chose this stunningly located lodge in the midst of a private reserve as a “grand finale” (last three nights) of our excellent Botswana, Namibia and Victoria Fly-in safari guided expertly by

Ultimate Safaris (sightings included the Big 5, wild dog and sitatunga) as we knew the lodge from our last trip three years ago. Again, it was a recreational experience unequalled to almost any other places. This desert landscape with all the different colours is really something special!

We were pleased to learn that the dents had been refurbished and updated. The bathroom is now much larger and better furnished than last time, we liked it ... All nine tents are oriented to the rising sun, so you are able to enjoy the first sunrays with the provided early morning tea and cookies, a nice touch!

The public space (two lounges, a bar, a library and two dining rooms) is beautifully decorated and has a peaceful air. There is also an adequately sized pool with a relaxing sun deck. 

As far as the food is concerned you shall not be disappointed as it is of a very good quality. You are on a half board including a good breakfast, a delicious lunch, delicate cakes in the afternoon and a sumptuous dinner. The employees are attentive, courteous and eager to please. 

The activities offered by the lodge I cannot comment because we had a guide for ourselves (from Ultimate Safaris). We made nature drives and also once a (strenuous) nature walk. Do not expect to have spectacular game viewing because Wolwedans is more recreation than action.

To conclude, this is the perfect (relaxing) stay in a wonderful landscape, you will also have nice rooms and fine food. The only (minor) negative aspect for me is the fact that the rooms are not connected to the main complex (restaurant etc.), you have to “wade” through (small) sand dunes, I know that this due to fire restrictions but I think there could be more comfortable solutions …

Date of stay: October 2010

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