Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
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NamibRand Nature Reserve
Namib Desert
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Reviewed by Kate Siber

What perhaps strikes visitors most upon arrival at the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a 445,000-acre desert conservation area the size of some small countries, is the quiet solitude and utter enormity of the desert, one of the oldest in the world.

The four camps on the reserve share one overarching philosophy: exist in harmony with this landscape. At the tastefully posh Dunes Lodge, which was revamped in 2009, the nine chalets and Mountain View Suite sit atop elevated decks on stilts and

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The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way. Building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms sports a private verandah, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars. The main complex—which was completely rebuilt in 2003—consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, 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. The variety of recreational space makes a visit both exciting and relaxing. To make the most of your visit it is recommended you stay for three nights.

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