The NamibRand reserve must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. So the Wolwedans lodge has an absolutely unique location that is simply not accessible in any other way. For us the biggest pro was exactly the fact that it is where it is - unsurpassable from a scenic point of view.
The lodge itself was great and well designed - spacious and very comfortable tented rooms with all the facilities you might need. We were met by our guide Rudy who spent a lot of time with us, was very helpful and friendly, drove us around and generally imparted a lot of information about the environment. One problem was that the East wind came up and howled the whole three days and nights we were there. This made sleeping at night quite challenging and we had to avail ourselves of the earplugs supplied as the tented walls flapped and banged all night. At one point we were even somewhat concerned that we might lose the roof!
We found that the food did not really meet the standard one would expect for this sort of price. On two of the three nights we were there, the main course was so salty that we could not really eat it - one night of oryx and one with duck. Although the staff were helpful and attentive, this did not make up for the rather ordinary food. We also found that the house wine was not particularly good - a disappointment when you are paying a huge amount! Breakfast service was extraordinarily slow and it seemed difficult to get something as simple as just a bowl of muesli with some yoghurt and fruit salad - maybe a breakfast buffet would be a better option.
Apparently there used to be WiFi connectivity at the lodge but this is no longer available so the only connection option is to go down to the reception/parking area where you leave your car - and for this you need someone to drive you down.
In summary - the most exquisite location ever, wonderful accommodation, good service, mediocre food - a pity!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions & capturing the beauty of the desert. 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 like sleeping under the stars. The main complex 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, 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 & relaxing. To make the most of your view, we recommend staying three nights. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wolwedans Dunes Hotel Maltahohe