NamibRand Nature Reserve

Wolwedans Desert Lodge


Shooting stars are in abundance above the NamibRand Desert.

Perched atop a dune plateau with gorgeous views, Wolwedans’ Desert Lodge is the perfect way to experience the desert in all its majesty.

The lodge is constructed of wooden structures and canvas blinds that open out onto the spectacular desert. This gives it the feel of a tented camp, but with the protection and comfort of a building. The nine spacious chalets boast en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs. Leave your canvas blinds open overnight and it’s almost like sleeping directly beneath the stars.

In the main shared area, you’ll find two lounges, sundowner decks, two dining rooms, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library and a wine cellar. There’s also a swimming pool suspended above the sand which is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. All of the public areas have decks with wonderful desert views.

The commercial aim of Wolwedans has always been to ensure that the NamibRand Nature Reserve remains financially viable and that its future is assured. It joined The Long Run in 2011 and cemented its commitment to conservation, community, culture and commerce. Through these, it contributes to the biodiversity of the area and the people who call it home in a meaningful way.


At a glance

  • Nine chalets and one family suite

  • Swimming pool

  • Wine cellar

  • Library

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    Scenic drives

    Discover how the flora and fauna in this often habitat thrive on a fascinating scenic drive with your safari guide. They will point out oryx, gazelles, hartebeests, Hartmann and Burchell’s zebras, giraffes and springboks. Look out for predators like spotted and brown hyena, leopards, aarwolfs and bat eared foxes. The region is also great for keen birders, with some 170 bird species to be found, including endemic dune larks.

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    Hot air ballooning

    There are few experiences quite as magical as floating silently over the ancient desert in a hot air balloon. The seasonal activity allows you to soar above the NamibRand Nature Reserve, getting a unique view of the dune belts and seemingly endless plains. Enjoy a Champagne breakfast at your landing spot.

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    Bushman walks

    You’ll head out on an educational walk through the dunes with a Khoisan guide. They will tell you all about the ancient navigating and tracking techniques of Africa’s original hunter-gatherers. It’s also a great way to learn more about the micro flora and fauna of the region.

Community & Culture

Wolwedans is a Long Run Global Ecosphere Retreat® (GER), a stringent sustainability certification that focuses on conservation, community, culture and commerce. Wolwedans strives to see both their team and local communities enjoying improved livelihoods and being able to live sustainable lifestyles. With that in mind, they place great emphasis on human resource development, social upliftment, sharing economic opportunities and encouraging others. They showcase and promote the region’s culture by selling local arts and crafts in their curio shops, serving local dishes and having the menu read in local languages. The staff often share stories and songs with guests, offering them a glimpse into their culture. Wolwedans is also committed to preserving the archaeological and anthropological heritage of the region.


As one of Southern Africa’s largest private, not for profit reserves, NamibRand Nature Reserve is effectively managed through monitoring and innovative and adaptive management practices. It has become a successful example of how biodiversity conservation can coexist with financial stability. Thanks to this effective management, the ecosystem is healthy and the flora and fauna is thriving alongside the people who live here.


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