Our purpose is the pursuit of happiness, and Wolwedans exists to inspire a new way.
Situated in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve south of Sossusvlei, Wolwedans is more than a Collection of Camps. It’s a collection of dreams. Out here in the Namib Desert we are tweaking the rules of ‘business as usual’, aiming to inspire a new way.
We used the recent months of forced reflection to actively prepare for the future and properly reboot. Shifting into 5th gear by adding a new ‘C’ into our sustainability mix, all our actions going ahead, will be guided by the interconnectedness of Conservation, Commerce, Community, Culture and, now, Consciousness.
Mid 2020 marked our 25th Jubilee. To honor this historic occasion, we quietly launched the ambitious Wolwedans Vision 2030, themed “The AridEden Project”. Underpinned by a philosophy of balancing people, planet and profit in everything we do, The AridEden Project provides the framework and identity for our journey ahead.
Wolwedans feels confident that this ten-year plan, guided by the 5C’s, has what it takes to become a blueprint for more sustainable, resilient and inclusive conservation/tourism economies - both in Namibia and globally. As we all know, the time to walk the talk has never been more relevant and pressing than now.
In addition to driving positive change and building a sustainable enterprise, Wolwedans is also about the Pursuit of Happiness. Happy people – including guests, team and stakeholders alike – a happy and healthy environment and importantly, a happy bottom line.
Wolwedans invites you to go slow, and disconnect to reconnect. With yourself, with nature, and with humankind. Going forward, we endeavour to steer away from the passively consumptive tourism paradigm of the past, and rather strive towards a more engaged, active and participative way of travel - crafted by a wide range of experiences and activities which nurture the head, hand and heart.
We also used the recent pause and our Jubilee year to bring a fresh look to the entire Wolwedans Collection, with Dune Camp, Boulders Camp and the Dune Lodge undergoing extensive renovations. When you experience Wolwedans today, it’s hard to imagine where it all began in 1995, with just four igloo tents pitched on elevated wooden decks on the crest of a dune.
As we have been challenging ourselves to achieve new heights, one thing has not changed: this land of endless horizons and striking blue skies, where travelers find beauty to feed their soul, tranquility to clear their mind and space for their imagination to soar. Wolwedans looks forward to welcoming guests back in March 2021.