Wolwedans

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stamp3Why photographers love Wolwedans

Built of canvas, wood and lots of heart, this owner-run lodge in southern Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve offers a desert wilderness with iconic landscapes and wildlife.

What photographers look for 

  • Remarkable wide landscapes include the incredible Chateau Plain.
  • Ants, chameleons, lizards, plants, reptiles and other desert creatures.
  • Desert mammals such as zebra and oryx.
  • Clear skies are great for
  • Granite outcrops.
  • Kokerboom, Commiphora and other interesting desert plants.
  • Amazing grassy dunes covered with magical ‘Fairy Circles’.
  • Game drives, walks and wilderness.
  • Balloon flights on offer.

How we rate Wolwedans

Landscapes starstarstarstar
Wildlife starstar
Lodge starstarstar
Dining starstarstarstarstar
Vehicles starstarstarstar
Guides starstarstarstar

Wolwedans at a glance

  • Nine chalets and one private suite.
  • Swimming pool (vital in summer).
  • Dining area.
  • Two lounges.
  • Classic tented camp.

Other camps

  • Private Camp has three spacious bedrooms, a sala, dining area and kitchen.
  • Dune Camp sleeps 12 in comfortable tented chalets. The main tent houses a lounge, dining area and open-plan kitchen.
  • Boulders Camp has four tented chalets and a pool. This remote camp is the most exclusive at Wolwedans.

The concession

NamibRand Nature Reserve was created in the 1980s by Windhoek businessman Albie Brückner, who bought Wolwedans and other livestock farms, took down the fences and reintroduced the local wildlife. The reserve is more than 100 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, making it one of the largest private game reserves in the world. Human access is carefully managed to ensure that there is just one bed per visitor for every 1000 hectares (10 square kilometres) of nature.

The seasons

  • Frontal weather conditions create interesting skies from April to August.
  • September and October can be a bit hazy.
  • November to February is extremely hot with interesting cloud formations.

Getting there

  • Via charter flights from Windhoek.
  • From Windhoek, the journey takes 4.5 hours by road.
  • A one-hour drive from Sesriem.

What Wolwedans costs

  • From ZAR5000 per person.
  • Discounts for three nights or longer.

Photographers need to know

  • Expect to walk in thick sand.
  • Make sure that you are up very early to get the best light.
  • Wedding View overlooking Chateau Plain is a great view site.
  • Look for spiders, including the Dancing White Lady, chameleons and ants.
  • I suggest that photographers book a private vehicle.

Don’t leave behind

  • Telephoto, wide-angle and macro lenses.
  • Tripod and filters.

The good news

Wolwedans invests in the community. Staff members chosen from the local Maltahöhe district are trained at the Namibia Institute of Culinary Education in Windhoek, which is also run by Wolwedans.