Another – though slightly different – member of the socially and environmentally conscious Wolwedans, Dune Camp is located in the NamibRand Private Nature Reserve, at the foot of one of the area’s giant dunes, close to Chateau viewpoint.
A wood and canvas build consisting of a mess area and 6 sleeping tents, Wolwedans Dune Camp costs less than its sister camps and lodges, which – together with its no frills approach to the wild – Wolwedans happily admits is an attempt to attract both a younger and a more adventurous type of clientel. The mess area – a large standard shaped tent raised on a wooden platform – includes a lounge, kitchen, outdoor seating area, dining room, library and verandah. An attractive hotchpotch of leather slumber seats, bookcases, paintings, old hardwood furniture, potted cactai and sepia photographs, the lounge’s style is homely and interesting, and it’s canvas walls roll up to reveal a stunning view across the reserve’s plains. Consistently mentioned as exceptional in travellers’ feedback, the food at Dune Camp is delicious, and meals are group affairs, with the evening dinner a 4 course thriller. The service is equally good.
Solar powered, set on similar wooden platforms, the sleeping tents are basic, well maintained and beautifully serviced. Each includes a double or twin bed, sidetables, simple lamps, a huge verandah and very separate bathroom. The bathroom – twin sinks, flush toilet and shower – is accessed by way of the verandah. For those wishing to sleep beneath the stars, the verandah is large enough to accommodate a bed, and like the main area looks out across the plains.
Activities at Wolwedans Dune Lodge include guided walks, game drives, day long safaris, ballooning and scenic flights.
Please be advised that there is no pool, and that it can get very hot. The swimming pool at Dune Lodge serves as a welcome cool down for those affected by the heat.
The Reserve is a member and contributor to the Southern African Avi-Faunal Atlas and the Large Carnivore Atlas of Namibia. Local outreach efforts focus mainly on predator-livestock management on neighbouring properties.
NamibRand Nature Reserve supports the sustainable utilization of its resources through the following activities:
– High quality, low impact tourism including accommodation, photographic safaris, walking trails, and hot air ballooning.
– NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust), an environmental education and sustainable living centre.
– Capture and sale of live game.
– Development of a horticultural project to grow indigenous medicinal plants for commercial production, creating local jobs and earning funds for conservation.
The aims of the Nature Reserve are:
– To conserve for the benefit of future generations and to protect the sensitive and fragile environment and its rich biodiversity
– To create a nature reserve with a healthy and functioning ecosystem, providing a sanctuary for flora and fauna and to facilitate seasonal migratory routes in partnership with neighbours (National Parks, etc.)
– To promote sustainable utilisation through ecologically sustainable and high quality level tourism products and other projects
– To achieve a commercially viable operation to ensure continuance and financial independence
The Wolwedans Desert Academy
Now in its first term, the Desert Academy was created in co-operation with The Namibian Tourist Board (NTB) and the National Training Authority (NTA) to raise the skills level of the local tourism workforce and therefore the quality of our national hospitality product to a worldwide standard.
Vocational Support Programme
This Vocational Support Programme has been set up to support our employees in their vocational aspirations by providing a ‘bursary’ style of funding for further education.
The Namibian Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET)
NaDEET is a non-profit making Namibian Trust established in 2003, situated on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. It believes in environmental education to not only increase awareness and knowledge but also in developing eco-friendly attitudes and skills in Namibia’s youth.
The Wolwedans Foundation has a close affiliation to the NamibRand Nature Reserve and will constantly work to support their interventions with funding and materials where possible. For example, with the ‘Adopt of Fairy Circle’ project, and the donating of materials for the recently opened ‘Vulture Restaurant’.
Also falling under Conservation would be the funding of further education for employees interested in advancing their knowledge in Eco-Tourism, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development.
Providing professional advice and administrative/financial support we will assist our employees and their families in finding suitable and long term housing solutions outside of the Wolwedans environment. Thus increasing their standard of living and encouraging stable and healthy life styles in the community.