NamibRand Nature Reserve

Wolwedans Boulders Camp

Overview

Classic and secluded

Hugged by massive granite rock formations, Wolwedans Boulders Safari Camp is one of the most remote camps in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning landscapes, from red dune belts and gravel plains to mountains, offering you all the space you need to find inner peace and unwind completely.

The camp can sleep ten people in five spacious tents which boast wonderful panoramic views across the wilderness. Enjoy your meals the dining area which also features great views, relax in the lounge and library, or end the day with drinks around the fire pit.

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.

Facts

At a glance

  • Five rooms

  • Swimming pool

  • Wellness treatments

  • Dining area and lounge

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Experiences

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    Scenic drives

    Your safari guide will be able to tell you all about how the flora and fauna thrive in this often hostile habitat. Some of the mammals you can look out for include oryx, gazelles, hartebeests, Hartmann and Burchell’s zebras, giraffes and springboks. You may even spot predators like spotted and brown hyenas, leopards, bat eared foxes and aardwolfs. There are also over 170 bird species in the region, including the endemic dune larks.

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    Bushman walks

    Join a Khoisan guide for an educational walk through the dunes where they will teach you about ancient tracking and navigating techniques. These indigenous people are the original hunter gatherers of Southern Africa. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the micro flora and fauna found here.

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    Village tours

    Take a tour of the central Wolwedans hub where you can meet the welders, carpenters and electricians who work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Get an understanding of the workings of the advanced water management system and the photovoltaic power installation. You’ll also get to see where much of the fresh produce used in the camp is grown.

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.

Conservation

The biodiversity and habitats of the NamibRand Nature Reserve are actively monitored and management approaches are adapted as needed. The reserve is positioned as one of southern Africa’s largest private, not for profit nature reserves and demonstrates holistic conservation coupled with financial sustainability.

Footprint

Wolwedans is one of the leading sustainable properties in the world with a number of projects minimizing its footprint. The reserve's properties run of a solar-hybrid system power station, drastically reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and actively manages water usage (of great importance given the desert location. They also grow as much produce on site as possible. The camps and lodges in the reserve, strictly limited in number, have been designed to leave as little trace on the landscape as possible.

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