The Most Luxurious Place to Stay in Namibia: Wolwedans

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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

I am going to start off this post by telling you that I was immensely moved by the uniqueness of the experience at Wolwedans. Not only is it the most luxurious place to stay in Namibia, but it makes a very convincing case for my favorite resort ever. Now that I’ve told you this much, I’ll tell you why.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge and the Boulders Safari Camp were my second and third stops on my Namibian road trip. They are both located on the sprawling Namibrand Nature Reserve. Way out in the middle of this vast nowhere, perched high up on a dune ridge, rests the series of attractive luxury chalets that make up the Lodge.

Upon my arrival, I was stopped in my tracks. I just about had a heart attack over the magnificent desert views. The massive red dunes, vast open spaces, and scattered wild oryx captured my whole heart. Flawlessly designed to blend in with the landscape, it was the perfect tie between man and nature. This was the single most unique property I’d ever stayed at. But in addition to being so unique, it is also the most luxurious place to stay in Namibia.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge Views
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I was in Awe of the Perfectly Designed Spaces

Wolwedans is undoubtedly a small and intimate affair – offering just 9 chalets. Each one is built on stilts, and is made mostly of wood and canvas. They boast ensuite bathrooms and private verandahs. The canvas “walls” can be rolled up to open your room to the outside desert beauty. And you will find this beauty in all directions. Beds are comfortable and equipped with mosquito netting, although I didn’t find mosquitos to be a problem during my stay. A wonderful amenity: You can request to have your bed moved onto the deck outside if you want to sleep under the starry sky! Also, one of the chalets has been specifically designed to host families.

The common area of the lodge includes an outdoor lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy a glass of wine. The fire pit in the middle makes for the most perfect set up. Behind this area is the full bar, also referred to by the manager as “the pharmacy”! The indoor lounge has leather chairs and a comfortable library/reading room. Additionally, there was a picturesque coffee and tea deck, a swimming pool with comfy sun-loungers, and an underground wine cellar. Plus, for those achy travelers who may have spent long hours in transit, massage is available. You can even arrange to have your massage set up out in the dunes like I did.

There are two dining areas. One is indoors and the other is out on the open deck. The food is fantastic, fresh from their organic garden. They catered perfectly to my vegetarian diet, coming up with creative and delicious options for each meal.

Wolwedans-Namibia

Wolwedans Boulders Safari Camp

We were also thoroughly delighted with our next Wolwedan’s treat, a stay at the exclusive Boulders Safari Camp, which is approximately 28 miles south of Wolwedan’s main lodge. Don’t let the term “camp” fool you. Wolwedans is the most luxurious place to stay in Namibia. This property is the most exclusive of the Wolwedans collection. Not surprisingly, the surrounding scenery here is breathtaking. It is even more intimate than the lodge as it consists of only 4 chalet-tents nestled at the base of huge granite boulders. There is also a main area for guests which includes a plunge pool, dining and lounge tent, breakfast deck, and open fireplace. Although guests can request to dine privately, dinner is usually served around a communal table. I really enjoyed this as it gave us a chance to visit with other guests from different parts of the world.

Wolwedans Boulders Camp

Similar to the Dunes Lodge, the design of the Boulders Safari Camp features wood and canvas structures. The décor and layout is the perfect play on bringing the outdoors in… or rather the indoors out.

Boulders Safari Camp Namibia

As the name suggests, the terrain surrounding the Boulders Camp is different from the Dunes Lodge. The sand is not red, and it has some dry grass and plants. Instead of looking out over dunes, there are massive boulders behind the camp, and a wide-open flatland in front. The mountains way out in the distance make the perfect backdrop.

Oryx loved the Dunes Lodge and it seemed that zebras loved the Boulders Camp. Soaking in the plunge pool, sipping on a Rock Shandy, and watching the zebras graze by was quite the experience. Interestingly enough, the Boulders Camp is run entirely by men, and the Dune Camp is run entirely by woman. The Dunes Lodge is run by both men and women.

Boulders Safari Camp Drone

Other Options: Wolwedans Dune Camp and Private Camp

Wolwedans also has a Dune Camp, which is located at the base of an 820 ft. dune. It can host up to 12 guests in its tents, which are also set on wood platforms. Though not as plush as the lodge, these tents are modern and comfortable, each with a private bathroom and verandah. They usually appeal more to younger travelers.

Last but not least, if you want total seclusion and privacy, Wolwedans offers their Private Camp option. This luxury villa sits in an open field right in the middle of a valley. It caters to 6 guests exclusively. The Private Camp has its own staff including a chef, guide, and more.

Activities at Wolwedans

Some of the activities guests can take advantage of while visiting the lodge are: a nature drive with sundowners, a nature walk with picnic, a safari drive, horse riding, village sustainability tours, scenic flights over the dunes and ballooning. The local wildlife includes giraffes, zebra, cheetahs, leopards, huge Dancing White Lady spiders (no thank you!!!), and the most common is the beautiful African Oryx which can be seen walking by all day long. Wolwedan’s guides are very knowledgeable and friendly and can really enrich your appreciation of the desert wildlife.

Wolwedans Namibia Safari
African Oryx Namibia
Sustainability

Another exceptional thing about the Wolwedans properties is that they are very sustainable operations. They’re happy to educate guests about their sustainable practices, such as their state of the art solar farm, recyclable and organic waste management, organic garden, and grey water system. They also run the Wolwedan’s Desert Academy, a vocational training school. In 2015, the entire Wolwedan’s collection won 5 eco-award flowers from Eco-Awards Namibia.

In Conclusion

I cannot figure out what it is about the desert that feels so special to me. Is it the warm breeze and vast open spaces? Or possibly the remoteness, the quiet, and that feeling of truly being away from it all? Then add in the dunes, the painted views, and the wildlife – it’s truly spectacular. However, even better is to experience all of this magic with Wolwedans, the most luxurious place to stay in Namibia. A place where every need is tended to by the warm and welcoming staff. A place where there are no crowds, no disturbances, and generally not many other guests. The pace of life is as slow as you want it to be. Yet the adventure that beckons is wild! This place is my dream come true.

I was hosted as a guest of Wolwedans, but the opinions expressed in this article are entirely my own.

Comments
  • Claudia

    What a fabulous resort Misha! When you said it could be your favorite resort ever, I had to read and find out more about it. Thanks for sharing this gem with us!

    Claudia | zeebalife.com

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