Sossusvlei, Namibia

Kwessi Dunes

An interior view of the bedroom at Kwessi Dunes

Insider’s Review Kwessi Dunes

Deep in the haunting midst of the Namibian desert—an otherworldly wilderness delineated by craggy mountains and vast blood-red dunes—one thing is in ample supply. Space, an expanse of it—mental, physical, and humbling-ly spiritual space. From the iconic and magical sand drifts to the flying carpet of stars that paints the night skies, this hyper-arid landscape is an experience unlike another. And when we base ourselves at comfortably chic Kwessi Dunes—whose cathedral-height thatched roofs and fine cuisine provide both deep relaxation and an enviable air of cool—the oasis moment is complete. The pleasingly air-conditioned lodge and airy tented bedrooms offer every convenience a modern-day desert adventurer may expect and (as seasoned Micato guests well know, and new ones are happily soon to discover) a good many rather spectacular delights besides. Vide, Kwessi’s Stargazer Rooms, an adjacent sleeping room next to your “normal” bedroom, a celestially serene and open-to-the-skies bed designed for magical galaxy-gazing before you sleep.

Accommodations at Kwessi Dunes

Our Namib sanctuary features 12 cool and comfortable and (worth repeating for the heat-averse among us) splendidly air-conditioned chalets, sleeping 10 doubles with two larger abodes to accommodate families or groups. Artfully constructed of temperature-moderating striped canvas walls and cooling thatched roofs, the views from both the tents and the deliciously decadent swimming pool extend far, far, far into the surrounding desert. Private tents feature vintage four-poster beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, and shaded, fully private verandas that invite superb siestas or an icy aperitif from the fully stocked bar. And, ever a fine choice, your own Stargazer Room whose bed stretches open to the Namib skies and the celestial theatre above. Fully solar powered, the main lodge welcomes us with a lavish bar, library and assorted comfortable lounges and dining areas. Whenever the mood strikes, a dip in the inviting swimming pool is a five-star pleasure.

A Note for Families & Children

Kwessi Dunes extends a warm welcome to children of all ages. Joyfully accommodated in two spacious family chalets, the camp is well suited to the breezy fun and endless learning opportunities that await on this grand Namib adventure.

Activities

Scintillatingly scenic explorations into the striking NamibRand Nature Reserve occupy our mornings and afternoons. Peppered with remarkably resilient wildlife—from the bat-eared fox, Burchell’s zebra, African wild cats and the very loveable aardwolf to, most numerous of all, the elegant and extravagantly antlered antelope. (And to say antelope is just the beginning: gemsbok and springbok, kudu or steenbok, these even-toed ruminants rule the Reserve and we spot them regularly silhouetted like supermodels of the desert against a backdrop of rich red sand.) Between drives, perhaps you wish to join a guided nature walk, venture out on a quad bike, or take a dip in the pool capped with a heavenly massage. We are, quite naturally, ever at the ready to organise whatever and whenever—from a hot-air balloon ride or heli-flight above the undulating dunes, to a day trip to the iconic clay-pan dunes of Sossusvlei.

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