We stayed at Barchan Dunes on our first night in Namibia. We arrived late due to a delayed flight and enjoyed spectacular sunset views as we drove down Spreetshoogte Pass. Despite it going dark, we had no problems finding Barchan Dunes and were relieved to get there.
And what a view! We could not believe how spectacular the view was from our room. It was amazing and the website does not do it justice as the hosts prefer to let visitors discover the view for themselves apparently.
The hosts were warm and friendly and it felt like we were staying with friends. They kindly delayed the start of dinner slightly to give us time to freshen up before enjoying a drink on the verandah. We ate dinner with our hosts and two other guests. It was a lovely evening. The food was very good and we discovered the next day that we were not charged for the drinks we consumed; pre dinner drinks, wine and whisky.
As a non meat eater, I did not have high expectations of being served good vegetarian food in Namibia given that it is very much a meat eating country. But of all the places we stayed at in Namibia, including far more expensive places, Barchan Dunes made the most effort to cater to my needs. I enjoyed an excellent vegetarian meal despite being in such a remote place (no supermarket nearby!). My husband was delighted to enjoy local game.
We woke at 6.00am the next morning and could not wait to look at the view in daylight. We got up and found that fresh coffee and tea had already been placed on our verandah. Of all the places we stayed in Namibia, this was the only place where morning coffee and tea was brought to our room,. In addition there was a flask of ice cold water in the room which was good as it was very hot when we stayed there. We enjoyed watching the sunrise from our verandah and taking in the most amazing view. We loved the solitude and watching the springbok and horses pass by our room. I could not stop taking photographs!
Sadly having arrived late and with only staying one night we spent little time at Barchan Dunes and wish we had stayed for two nights. Such amazing scenery in such a peaceful place is not easily found and we certainly appreciated it. With little light pollution, the sky was filled with stars and we even saw a couple of shooting stars.
I was horrified to read the previous review in which the review says “nothing special, not worth it”. Such a dismissive and thoughtless comment to make about a family run business doing its best to survive in the middle of nowhere. The views are very special and well worth going for. The rooms were built by the owners & have rustic charm. Whilst they may not be to everyone’s taste, they are spacious and provide all the necessities. Barchan Dunes is not somewhere where you would want to sit in your room; the view outside is too extraordinary to miss.
As a business owner, it was lovely to be away from cell phone coverage and internet access. I would not have mentioned this as I hardly expected there to be mobile phone coverage or internet access given the location and the fact that Barchan Dunes does not list these things on their website but the previous reviewer has highlighted these things for some odd reason which makes this seem like an issue. What a wonderful escape from every day life!
I also can’t believe the previous reviewer thought Barchan Dunes was overpriced. Our stay was exceedingly good value considering our room rate covered dinner, breakfast, unlimited alcoholic drinks and refreshments served to our room. We were also allowed to check out a little later than normal given our late arrival.
Barchan Dunes IS special and is worth it. We very much enjoyed our stay there. If you are not convinced, then what might tempt you to visit is their delightful meerkat who is incredibly cute!
- Also Known As:
- Barchan Dune Retreat Namibia/Sesriem