Set within the undulating red dunes of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, quirky and comfy Kwessi Dunes offers an escape from the ordinary safari lodge.
Accommodations at Kwessi Dunes consist of ten air-conditioned round chalets. Each canvas and thatch chalet is furnished with a large, vintage four-poster bed. For those who wish to fall asleep under a blanket of stars, each chalet has a separate star-gazer room with an open roof. The en-suite bathroom features both an indoor and outdoor shower. Plus, there is a shaded veranda with seats and a hammock to relax in while taking in the distinctive beauty of the NamibRand.
The lodge is only one of a small number of lodges in the vast NamibRand Nature Reserve. Covering an area of nearly 500,000 acres close to Sossusvlei, the NamibRand is bordered by the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west and the impressive Nubib Mountain range in the east. The main draw of the reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes. Virtually all facets of the Namib are represented here. Mountains plunging down into endless grassy plains are interspersed by red vegetated dunes, and this creates a living tapestry of ever-changing colors and shapes that provide a visual feast for artists and photographers. Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared fox, spotted hyena, Cape fox, and African wildcats. The rockier areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon, and leopard.