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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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79 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“A farm in Africa …”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

In OUT OF AFRICA Meryl Streep says: I had a farm in Africa … and our story carries on from here. Paying for your accommodation is part of "owing and buying into" this amazing Namib Rand Conserve … extremely well kept, clean and very conscious to keep nature natural and unspoiled. You can also do a private contribution to the Wolwedans Foundation supporting this initiative. My hat off to the Stephan Brückner who initiate this wonderful concept.

Besides enjoying the one of the exquisite lodges in Namibia, we found the wine cellar ! Under the sand and simply lovely! The staff brought candles, we chose our wine carefully and voila! Simply divine and we felt like absolute gratitude. It was a RUST VREDE Reserve, bottled in 2011 form Stellenbosch.

We felt like we "had a farm in Africa" enjoying each other's company and wallowing in the beauty surrounding us.

Marutsca & Thomas

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear Guest

The team was overjoyed at the news of your review. Thank you for sharing your taste of Africa with the world.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Since you are looking for an isolated place to experience the Namibia's desert is the best place to stay. Nice tours, a perfect ballon sunrise and excellent staff able to help on any need. You are in isolated place, so do not expect in a wide range of food option during the meals, but everything we'll prepared. No power energy, all the solar energy is for light and hot water.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear Guest

Indeed, one of the highlights of visiting Wolwedans is the joy of experiencing the peace and tranquility that comes with being in a remote location. In terms of cuisine, the chef prepares a culinary feast each evening, serving a range of both local items with every five-course meal. It is thus rather puzzling that you found the meals to be lacking in variety. Please feel free to contact our information desk with suggestions for the future. Our team would gladly respond to any queries which you might have.

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Magdalena
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Vienna
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

It's my third time to enjoy the magnificent Wolwedans lodge and the gorgeous private NamibRand Nature Reserve! Normally I come with my husband for one week, this time I came alone for one week - to take a time off for myself. And one of my dreams came true: enjoying the beautiful landscape and the awesome sundowners on the back of a horse! I can strongly recommend this unforgettable experience to everyone who loves horses. It creates very special feelings of freedom, relaxation and connection to nature. For me the private NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places on our earth and the Wolwedans Dune Lodge an excellent and very particular place to enjoy your stay and where people do their job with passion and heart. This has made our stays always so exceptional.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Guest, thank you for sharing your experiences of Wolwedans Dunes Lodge with the TripAdvisor Community. The Team was especially delighted to learn that you enjoyed your desert excursion on horseback.

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Magdalena
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Wolwedans was probably our favorite lodge in Namibia. From the well-appointed chalets and the incomparable vistas, to the very good food and general kindness of the staff, Wolwedans is a top quality, well-run establishment. A two- or perhaps three-night stay is perfect, as besides taking in the wonderful scenery, there's not a whole lot to do. Lodge manager Hendrick and our guide Daniel were outstanding.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Guest, thank you for posting such a positive review of Wolwedans. Owing to travel itineraries, some clients may choose to stay for a night or two. However, several guests do opt to enjoy the scenic drives, hot air ballooning, safari walks or horse-riding activities at the Wolwedans. In such cases, the clients often prefer to stay at our lodges and camp sites for three days or longer. We look forward to welcoming you back to Wolwedans in the future.

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Magdalena
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Excellent service at the Dunes Lodge by all staff. All very friendly and extremely helpful. Guide judged his time exceptionally well and was very informative and well presented. Our trip succeeded in allowing us to breakaway and be fully rested.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Guest, thank you for taking the time to review Wolwedans Dunes Lodge. Your positive feedback is much appreciated.

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Magdalena
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

What a great stay at Wolwedans! The property is magical with great views over the area and a stunning canopy of stars to admire in the evenings. The food was excellent, including perfectly prepared oryx to delight the senses! The staff were very warm and friendly and the guide extremely knowledgeable.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Guest

Your glowing review of our establishment is much appreciated. The team is especially pleased that you enjoyed the oryx. The antelope is unique to the arid areas of Africa and the meal was a variation of a local speciality created for our guests by the chef.

Wishing you well in your travels.

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Magdalena
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

The setting is certainly unsurpassed in beauty and serenity. We could almost forgive the ridiculously small portions of uninspiring food throughout the weekend, but certainly found the revolting coffee absolutely inexcusable given the international prices the hotel charges! The staff are very friendly, but not very well trained - most waiters had no idea what they were serving most of the time which begs the question why the hotel tries to impress with fancy Michelin styled food where international tourists always prefer authentic food from the region.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Magdalena W, Public Relations Manager at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you your review. Your complaint regarding meals and coffee, was certainly a cause for concern among the management. Under normal circumstances, the chef takes pride in creating a wide array of culinary delights, both local and international. It is unfortunate that this seemed not to have been the case during the period of your stay. The matter will certainly be investigated and necessary actions will be taken to ensure that both service and meals are of a consistently high quality.

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Magdalena
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Additional Information about Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Property: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
Address: NamibRand Nature Reserve, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Hardap Region > NamibRand Nature Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in NamibRand Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wolwedans nestles into the dunes and is set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, our portfolio of camps provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Wolwedans Dunes Hotel Maltahohe

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