To ensure the long-term sustainable existence of the Reserve funds are needed. Since 1994, exclusive safaris are being offered to nature lovers from different parts of the world, placing as little strain as possible on the environment. Guests are encouraged to admire the uniqueness of the Reserve, accompanied by trained rangers and field-guides, on foot, by cross-country vehicle or from the sky in a hot-air balloon.
Hot air ballooning
The rules of the Reserve prescribe that the total number of guest-beds in the Reserve is restricted to one bed per 1000 hectare and a limit of 20 guest-beds in any one location. Presently there are six concessionaires conducting tourism operations in the Reserve. These tourism operators collect a daily park fee from guests on behalf of the Reserve. 
Wolwdans Dunes Lodge
All of these concessionaires make every effort to co-operate with one another so as not to interfere with each other's activities, such as drives, hikes, utilisation of tracks and care of the environment. They are also bound by their concession agreements to respect and maintain the natural resources of this pristine area, in terms of game viewing, driving rules, type of structures erected, water utilisation, volumes of tourists allowed, planting of trees and refuse removal, amongst many other factors.
Tourism concessions on the NamibRand Nature Reserve contributing park fees include exclusive accommodation establishments and activity orientated products such as hot-air ballooning and walking trails. We believe that each concessionaire has a unique product to offer, suiting the needs, wishes and pocket of every kind of tourist:
  • In the far north of the Reserve, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, operated by & Beyond accommodates guest in rooms of the highest standard and provides the perfect base from which to explore the giant dunes of Sossusvlei.
  • In the heart of NamibRand, the Wolwedans Collection, run by NamibRand Safaris (Pty) Ltd. offers a variety of lodges and camps. Guests are provided with a classical safari experience close to nature, in comfort and style, at the tented Dune Camp, the Dunes Lodge, the Private Camp or the Boulders Camp.
  • The NamibRand Family Hideout, offering a renovated old farmhouse for self-catering guests, as well as two exclusive campsites. Guided drives as well as self-drives are on offer.
  • Tok-Tokkie Trails, operated by Safaris Unlimited, offers guided walks in the dunes and mountain ranges of NamibRand.
  • Hot-air ballooning, operated by Namib Sky Adventures, is a unique activity offered to guest who are accommodated at any of the surrounding lodges.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia has been proclaimed as Africa's first International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), meaning that it’s one of the best places on earth to star-gaze.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers unrivalled stargazing from its observatory in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The Lodge boasts a state of the art observatory, complete with a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope. Guests are invited to join the resident astronomers either before or after dinner to unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies.

  12 inch Meade LX200R telescope at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Guides from the Wolwedans Collection and Tok-Tokkie Trails are trained in aspects of astronomy and spend time with guests sharing stories about the constellations, as well as unbelievable views of the moon and planets such as Jupiter or Saturn. 

View images of the dark sky at NamibRand here.

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NamibRand Nature Reserve, please click on one of the logo's below.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Wolwedans Collection
The Family Hideout
Tok Tokkie Trails
Namib Sky Adventures

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