Located in southern Namibia, in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Wolwedans Dune Lodge is one of four outstanding Wolwedan run properties, and prides itself on offering an experience that is luxurious, unpretentious, authentic.
Built on stilts, and constructed largely from wood, Wolwedans Dune Lodge consists of a main camp, 10 chalets and the Mountain View Suite. The main area includes two lounges, two dining rooms, multi-viewing decks, a library, pool (on stilts), bar and library. With canvas or open sides, untreated wooden floors, muted walls, exposed beams, beautiful leather armchairs, chests, handwoven rugs, and a light that is either lantern, candle or natural, the shared areas are simply wonderful. The service is excellent, the food superb. Meals are taken indoors – round communal tables – or outside, on the verandah or as a picnic.
Simple, flat roofs, built on stilts, and possessing 360 degree views, the 10 chalets are similarly designed. The canvas wall panels spend most of their time rolled up, and there is easy access to the wrap around verandah. Inside, each chalet contains a handcarved bed, separate bathroom, writing desk, storage chest and seats. Please note that the lodge’s ethos, which encourages a simple, group orientated atmosphere, there is no room service.
For those wishing to stay for even longer than the recommended two days, there is the Mountain View Suite, which is bigger, a tad more private, and would suit honeymooners or those in search of complete privacy.
Activities at Wolwedans Dune Lodge include game drives, guided walks, bush picnics and sundowners.
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.