"As close to sleeping under the stars as you can get and still have complete privacy, and en-suite, and private veranda included!"
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.
The 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 has 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 has been completely rebuilt during 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 we recommend you stay for three nights… * Scenic drives
* Walking safaris
* Scenic flights
* Village tour
* Dine & wine
* Horse riding
Since its inception 15 years ago, Wolwedans has been guided by an approach where people, nature and business were all equally important. Right from the start the commercial aim of the business has been to ensure the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s financial viability, assuring the conservation of the Pro-Namib for future generations. This approach was captured in Wolwedans’ earliest mission statement: “We are committed to sustainable growth by carefully balancing quality leadership, economic progress, social responsibility and care for our environment” (Dec 1998).
In 2011, as a result of Wolwedans’ efforts over the last decade, it was chosen as a founding member of the Global Ecosphere Retreats, an initiative spearheaded by the Zeitz Foundation. The Zeitz Foundation aims to transform all that we do into ways and means to move this world forward in a sustainable manner. It is inspired by a vision of the Ecosphere – our planet and all of its life-sustaining regions – maintained in the healthiest possible state. Global Ecosphere Retreats are committed to promoting an inclusive, holistic paradigm of conservation that enhances livelihoods and fosters intercultural dialogue.
Wolwedans officially became a Long Run Destination, Global Ecosphere Retreat® certified, on 17 November 2011 as a result of the work described within this executive summary. The Long Run Initiative is the flagship programme of the Zeitz Foundation. Being certified means that we are leaders in sustainable development and that we work on sustainable, mostly tourism-driven enterprises, whilst fostering community development, conservation support and cultural stewardship. Being Global Ecosphere Retreat® (GER) certified shows that we are not only committed to sustainability, but effectively demonstrate that our resources are sustainably managed.