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NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Wolwedans Dune Camp
- Provides a more down-to-earth, yet stylish, experience
- Unparalleled natural charm, perfect for young & adventurous travellers
- A pristine setting, positioned on the edge of a 250m high dune
Facilities includeRestaurant Lounge Laundry
- Horse Riding
- Village Tours
- Scenic Drives
- Scenic Flights
- Walking Safaris
- Photographic Safaris
- Hot air balloon safaris
Seasons in Namibia
About Wolwedans Dune Camp
The camp provides a more down-to-earth, yet stylish, experience. It has an unparalleled natural charm, which courts the young and more adventurous traveller.
Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, the Dune Camp sleeps a maximum of 12 guests in a totally pristine setting. The tents (which have recently been entirely revamped) are pitched on wooden platforms and are comfortable and spacious including a private bathroom. A generous deck allows for safe sleep-outs under the stars, imparting a rather civilized camping experience.
The main tent houses a lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen where you can chat to the desert chef, while he prepares lavish meals. Enjoy a cold drink around the camp fire on the sundowner deck, where fellow travellers can be met and stories of the day will make their rounds in true African tradition.
The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era.
All meals at the Dune Camp are a lavish, but unpretentious affair. They always exude a sense of occasion with elegant table settings, candlelight and exuberant menu announcements in the local Nama language. They have a reputation for serving the best meals on the Namibian safari circuit.
Biodiversity is life. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem services it provides which support global needs. Conservation is a core component amongst all Long Runners. They support the sustainable use of natural resources that safeguards the integrity of the ecosphere. Activities in this dimension address issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as management of energy, water and waste, land planning and carbon impact reduction, among others.
Conservation At Large
The role and importance of conservation, and the opportunities it creates for Namibia and its people, is promoted. The Namib Desert frontiers are secured and conservation areas are extended through encouragement, cooperation and inclusion, all aimed at advancing biodiversity protection and the concept of a fence-free Namib.
NamibRand Nature Reserve’s biodiversity and habitats are effectively managed through active monitoring and innovative, adaptive management approaches. Today one of Southern Africa’s largest private not for profit nature reserves, it acts as a role model demonstrating holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. A healthy and functioning ecosystem is now maintained, providing a sanctuary for the fauna and flora of the land, and its human inhabitants.
Tangible results in biodiversity conservation
The NamibRand Nature Reserve has produced tangible results including the monitoring of endangered species such as the lapped-faced vulture and assisting with the relocation of previous endemic species such as cheetah, leopard and giraffe.
Cheetah and leopard in the Reserve
A total of 21 cheetahs and 2 leopards have successfully been released on the Reserve. Endangered and historically endemic species such as cheetah have been reintroduced with the help of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Naankuse.
A flourishing ecosystem re-established
The rehabilitation of the land and establishment of a flourishing ecosystem took up the majority of the last 15 years. Over 1600 km of fences were removed and various farmsteads cleared of undesired infrastructure, rubble and environmental waste.
Symbiosis of conservation and commerce
Wolwedans positively contributes to the conservation of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and other likeminded conservation initiatives through financial, moral and hands-on support.
Support conservation initiatives by adopting a fairy circle
Wolwedans has come up with the innovative ‘adopt-a-fairy-circle’ concept, whereby we encourage guests and nature lovers to ‘adopt’ one of the thousands of mysterious fairy circles that are unique to the Namib Desert.
Wolwedans a faithful supporter of Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust
Wolwedans also supports Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) directly with philanthropic contributions such as sponsoring at least two school groups per year to participate in the environmental education programme.
Eco-friendly building style ensures low footprint
Wolwedans has been committed to an eco-friendly building style from the early beginnings 16 years ago. All camps were constructed using poles, elevated wooden decks and roll-up canvas walls.
Wolwedans invests USD 90.000 in solar fridges
Wolwedans has now taken the plunge and replaced all gas fridges with low-energy Ardo Solar fridges and freezers. This helps them take bold steps in the direction of our long-term conservation objective: to run the whole Wolwedans operation solely on solar.
Wolwedans has launched its state of the art solar hybrid system
Wolwedans has launched its state of the art solar hybrid system, which is set to reduce fossil fuel consumption for power generation by 65%, setting a bold example to to the local hospitality industry in Namibia.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Hosea Kutako International Airport is the international airport
DuneHopper: For one or two people this scheduled air taxi (based on fixed seat rates) from Windhoek and Swakopmund to the Sossusvlei area and Wolwedans, is the answer. The service is offered by NatureWings and seats can be booked directly, or through a tour operator
Airlines to Hosea Kutako International Airport:
British Airways operated by Comair
South African Airways
South African Express
TAAG Angola Airways
Chartering a private plane provides you with a greater deal of flexibility. You travel when it pleases you, no need to adhere to rigid schedules. Chartering a Cessna 210 makes sense for three or four people and a larger plane for bigger groups. Charters normally take you to other destinations as well
The Dunes Lodge is located some 70 km’s south of Sesriem/Sossuvlei and can be reached by normal sedan car
Driving times from Windhoek, Swakopmund, the Fish-River Canyon and Lüderitzbucht are approximately five to six hours
Driving directions available upon request
N.B All prices and times are subject to change
When to go
The Dune Camp is closed from 30th November - 1st March. IT will be open for the Christmas period 22nd January - 6th January.
Temperature also changes quite dramatically from west to east. The consistently cool conditions and high humidity at the coast, caused by the ocean, give way to rapid increases in temperature and decreases in humidity further inland. Summer maximum temperatures can reach 43°C on NamibRand, but usually cool down considerably at night, due to the prevailing westerly winds. Winter in the Namib can be bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures falling below -4 C°.
Wind is a very noticeable and extremely important component of the Namib. One of its most obvious effects is the formation of sand dunes. The prevailing south westerly wind at the coast maintains the cool inversion layer of air that prevents turbulence and rain forming. On NamibRand during the summer, westerly winds usually blow strongly in the afternoon, by the evening they bring a welcome respite from the heat of the day. On occasions the notorious east wind, or berg wind, is dominant and often follows very soon after any rain which the desert may have received. Wind regimes on NamibRand do not always follow the same pattern as in the Namib Sand Sea. Complex wind regimes are produced locally by topography (shape of the landscape e.g. mountains and valleys) and the strong thermal gradients between the coast and the escarpment. These, in combination with movement of large pressure systems in the interior or over the ocean are what give us our complex pattern of winds.
Wind is important for the desert ecosystem. Many plants rely on wind for dispersal, such as annual grasses, grass seeds are blown huge distances across the desert. Wind also transports detritus, which is food for many desert animals. You have only to look at the base of a dune slip-face following a strong wind to see the detritus piles and the number of beetles feeding there.
The formation of fog is encouraged by the air inversion caused by the Benguela current, and is a characteristic feature at the coast. In the early mornings the south westerly winds drift the fog inland. It usually extends for about 50 km inland for the length of the Namib, but occasionally fog occurs up to 100 km inland. Fog reaches NamibRand approximately 10 - 20 days of the year during the winter months. Unlike the ecology of the coast, none of the fauna and flora of NamibRand are dependant on moisture from the fog. Fog at the coast is usually only of short duration, rising temperatures from the interior have mostly dissolved it by noon, even so, fog-water precipitation is the dominant moisture source over western parts of the desert.
Rainfall in the Namib occurs mainly in the form of convective summer storms from which maximum precipitation is received over the Escarpment to the east. The coastal Namib receives an annual mean rainfall of only 15 mm, whereas this increases further inland to the eastern edge of the desert, which has an annual mean figure of up to 100 mm rainfall. NamibRand probably experiences an annual mean rainfall of 70 - 80 mm. Most of the rain falls during summer months, but the reserve is on the edge of the winter rainfall area and occasionally receives a small amount of winter rainfall, though this is normally not more than a few millimetres.
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.
Dune Camp requires a minimum stay of two nights and a day-safari with picnic lunch en-route is part of the package.
In order to make your visit a truly rewarding one, The Dune Camp would like to obtain detailed information about you, prior to your arrival. If you are interested in staying at The Dune Camp we may ask you to fill out a form that will help the lodge to give you an experience which is tailored to your individual needs and interests.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome at the Dune Camp if hired exclusively.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome at the Dune Camp if not hired exclusively.
Children under the age of 12 stay at 50% of the normal rate, however, they will be required to share a tent/ chalet with at least one parent.
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