Often guests ask how the name "Club Chateau" as well as "Chateau plains", one of the nature reserve’s most impressive panoramas, fit into the picture. Elaborate French country estates and fancy wine labels spring to mind, certainly not the Namib Desert nor Wolwedans.So why "Chateau"? Here is the history.
When AlbiBrückner, (founder and current chairman of NamibRand Nature Reserve), bought the farm Wolwedans back in 1985, he did so from the map and after a short visit to an awesome sight, which today is commonly referred to as "Chateau viewpoint". A certain Mr Schumann, a well read and educated man, was the caretaker of "DieDuine" at the time. This farm bordered the south of Wolwedans, forming a part of what was the start to NamibRand. Instructed to explore the new acquisition (Wolwedans), and report back to Windhoek, he discovered a small refuge perched on top of a little "Inselberg", in the remote north-west of Wolwedans. Bedazzled by this discovery, and lacking no sense of humour, Schumann named it "Chateau Namib". Such an illustrious name for the little cottage perched on the hill. From then on, the plains hosting Chateau Namib were referred to as the "Chateau Plains". So the name was born, a name, which stands as firm as the little "Chateau" itself.
Whilst we pondered for a suitable name for the Wolwedans Club, we wondered what summarized Wolwedans and its experience. Apart from the collection of refined camps, it most certainly is the Chateau Plains. Many guests have stood at the viewpoint and uttered comments like"…the most beautiful scenery seen so far" and some even rate it as one of the most exquisite panoramas in the world. It was then that we decided that "Chateau" should form part of the name as it not only paid tribute to one of Wolwedans' hallmarks, but also resembled a degree of exclusivity.