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.
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.