NAMIBRAND AND WOLWEDANS
The jaw-droppingly beautiful NamibRand Nature Reserve is a private reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. Conserving the area along the eastern edge of the Namib Desert is critically important in order to safeguard seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity.
It is possibly the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa, extending over an area of more than 200,000 ha. The Reserve shares a 100km border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west and is bordered in the east by the imposing Nubib Mountains. Four distinct habitats are found on the Reserve: dunes and sandy plains, inselbergs and mountains, gravel plains, and sand and gravel plains interface, all combining to make stunning, breath-taking landscapes.
This reserve started out as a dream to extend the desert frontiers through the integration of a large number of former sheep farms. The aim was to develop a sanctuary free of fences, so that the wildlife could once again roam their habitat unhindered.
The predominant large mammals on the Reserve are Oryx gazelle (gemsbok or oryx) and Antidorcas marsupialis (springbok). The latest game census indicated that there were 3,200 oryx and 12,400 springbok. Other large mammals include kudu, Hartman's and Burchell's zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, hartebeest and baboon. Predators include leopard, spotted and brown hyena, black-backed jackal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, African wildcat, caracal and genet.
We would recommend spending at least two nights here, ideally three if you use it as a base to explore the Sesriem/Sossusvlei area.
- Guided drives to discover the smaller participants in desert life, whilst looking for the bigger mammals
- Walking safaris and Bushman walks
- Horseback trails
- Hot air ballooning
where to stay
The Lodges in the Namib Rand Reserve are located in private concessions. Your stay here will be very exclusive and hence comes with a price-tag. All rates include full-board or all-inclusive and 2 private activities a day and the standard of service, the level of guiding and the absolutely beautifully designed lodges in this breath-taking environment will make your stay worth every penny. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.
our favourites are...
wolwedans dunes lodge
wolwedans dunes camp
wolwedans boulders camp
kwessi dunes camp
sossusvlei desert lodge
tok tokkie trails
The Namib Rand Reserve's guided walking trails, for those who wish to totally immerse themselves into nature.