Wolwedans - stay at Dunes Camp or Dunes Lodge?

Old Oct 26th, 2006, 04:24 PM
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Wolwedans - stay at Dunes Camp or Dunes Lodge?

We're leaning toward the camp but Cardboard Box is recommending that we stay at the lodge instead. Their reasoning "Dune Lodge is by far the best of the two - Dune Camp is quite basic for the amount of money that you pay."

The cost difference is not really an issue, but we actually think that we would prefer the simplicity and rusticity of Dunes Camp.

Any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old Oct 26th, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Hi patty,

Sorry...i dont know anything about Wolwedans, but, recall a thread from not so long ago with plenty of useful info on the subject. Maybe you can do a search.....i think Kavey may have some good insight, from memory....

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I haven't been, but I did read some reviews/comments of Wolwedans on the ATR site, and they prefer the camp to the lodge (for what its worth....)

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Old Oct 27th, 2006, 08:26 AM
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Thanks, Hari. I'd read Kavey's report and recall that she said Dunes Camp was in an even better location than Dunes Lodge since it was the first one built.

ATR's had also influenced me into wanting to choose the camp over the lodge.

I think we'll go for the camp. I'm not sure that Cardboard Box's reasoning for choosing the lodge is really in line with our preferences.
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We just returned from a month in Southern Africa--Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia. By far one of the highlights of our trip was Wolwedan's Lodge. I can't comment on the camp, but the lodge was an absolutely fabulous experience. The setting, the food, the service, and the guides were all outstanding. (I do have to admit that we were in the Mountain View Suite at the lodge, which is an otherworldy experience if you have 3 nights and want to spend the money. But the other guests we talked to at the lodge were all similarly pleased.) We arranged our entire trip through Explore, Inc. (www.exploreafrica.net). This was a "first class" trip and they did a truly excellent job--great advice, responsive, knowledgeable about camps--i.e., they use selected camps they have experience with, rather than just booking through one safari company.

When you go to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve you should also try to get to Sossuvlei--the red sand dunes are spectacular. We stayed at Little Kulala, which we enjoyed very much, but there are many other options in the area that are less pricey. Whatever you decide, you are sure to have a great time.

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I haven't stayed at the Dunes Camp yet, but the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is one of my favorite lodges in all of Africa. Ecologically sensitive, gorgeous views, very few people at a time, and excellent dining and guides. Highly recommended!!
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