Prime Living Texas 2012
Fall off the grid and retreat from civilization at some of the world's most remote luxury destinations
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
At the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, you’ll think you’ve stepped onto the set of “Out of Africa.” Perched on a dune plateau deep in the NamibRand Nature Reserve
in Namibia, the luxury “tent” camp has a 360-degree view of Africa’s most unspoiled and cinematic landscape. The private reserve is tucked between the Namib-Naukluft Park and Nubib mountain range and covers 444,600 acres. Its vast natural beauty and remote location-the nearest village is three-and-half hours from the dunes-instills a powerful feeling of "emptiness".
Made up of nine rustic wood and canvas luxury "chalets" with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas, the camp has a swimming pool and a main lodge that features two lounges, a fireplace, tea deck, library, wine cellar and two dining rooms. A massage therapist trained in Swedish massage also is available.
Guests can take in the colorful vistas from their verandas or multiple sundowner decks. Or choose to go hot-air ballooning, take scenic drives and flights, or trace
the footsteps of the Bushmen on a guided walking safari. Whatever the path, visitors will experience the depth of the reserve’s protected biodiversity, like striking red sand dunes, the enigmatic barren patches that are the "fairy circles", and a chance to spot sveral bird species and wild creatures, such as oryx, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, leopard, bat-eared fox and caracal.
After a day of rest or exploration, lavish but unpretentious five-star bush cuisine is prepared with local organic produce and served with select local and South African wines.
GETTING THERE: Fly to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, then to Windhoek. From there, guests can rent a car (five-hour drive), or hire a private or group charter to the Wolwedans’ reception area, where staff will escort them to the Dunes Lodge. wolwedans.com