Wolwedans is nestled into the Namibian dunes, set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, its portfolio of camps provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature.  At Wolwedans you have a choice of the rustic but unique comfort of the Dune Camp, the more elaborate Dunes Lodge, the quietly secluded Private Camp, or its latest gem, Boulders Camp, secretly tucked away amidst the grandeur of large granite rocks. The tents open so you can have the desert in your bedroom. (At least one famous couple has taken refuge from the paparazzi here.)

Appropriately Named: Dune Camp

No matter which camp you opt for, warmth and personalized service – plus a commitment to care for guest and nature alike – are the hallmarks of Wolwedans. (All the chalets and tents are designed in such a way that within six months of being dismantled nature would have restored itself and no trace of the camps would remain.)

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At Dunes Lodge.

SAVING THE PREDATORS

NamibRand, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established by the Brückner family to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert. The reserve originated in 1992 as the dream of Albi Brückner – to extend desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former livestock farms and developing a wildlife sanctuary. To date, 13 former livestock farms have been purchased and rehabilitated into a single continuous natural habitat. The reserve maintains a conservation policy of minimal interference, with constant monitoring, implemented through an environmental management plan.  Local outreach efforts focus mainly on predator-livestock management on neighboring properties.

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   Home on the Rand – NamibRand

The reserve supports the sustainable utilization of its resources through high-quality, low-impact tourism; NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust), which was established in 2003 to increase awareness and knowledge (as well as eco-friendly attitudes and skills) in Namibia’s youth and educators; the capture and sale of live game, mostly zebra to keep numbers at sustainable levels; and the development of a horticultural project to grow indigenous medicinal plants for commercial production, creating local jobs and earning funds for conservation.

The Wolwedans Foundation supports a number of projects for its employees.  The Wolwedans Educational Support Program has successfully offered some employees scholarships to advance their education at technical colleges in South Africa and Namibia.  Another project in the pipeline is the foundation’s Housing Scheme which will provide professional advice and administrative/financial support to employees and their families to find suitable and long-term housing solutions outside of the Wolwedans environment, thus increasing their standard of living and encouraging stable and healthy life styles in the community.

Another project that got off the ground in 2006 is the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education in Windhoek. Offering a first class restaurant and stylish bar, the institute is a ‘living classroom,’ training aspiring chefs to polish their skills and further their careers in the hospitality industry. It has been a very welcome addition to the Windhoek social scene!

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Chefs in the Desert

The foundation also funds The Desert Academy, a hospitality-training school created with the support of the Namibian Tourist Board.  The aim is to raise the skills level of the local tourism workforce, and thus the quality of the Namibian hospitality product.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“Our vision and commitment to Wolwedans, and the development of Namibia and its people, still drives us forward today. Wolwedans was not only designed for profit, but mainly to make an important contribution to the local economy, to provide opportunities for those who would otherwise have had none, and to help conserve one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.”

1 COMMENT

  1. Kristina Trowbridge:
    I love that picture of the chefs throwing the pots in the air. There are several others like it on the walls here. A beautiful camp it is, especially Boulders. Ask about their Hard Rock Cafe? Very unusual loo there. Enjoy these camps to the fullest!

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