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Barchan Dunes Retreat

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2011), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Hannetjie and Willem Van Rooyen
On D1275, Sesriem area, Central Namib Desert

Tel: + (0)62-682-031
No cell number available
Fax: + (0)62-682-031

The cactuses and orange trees may have grown up now, but one thing remains unchanged. Barchan Dunes is one of my absolute favourite places to stay in Namibia! Hannetjie, with her natural charm, and Willem, with his sense of humour, are truly great hosts.....

.... Their friendly welcome is reinforced by the enthusiasm of their dogs who rush to meet your car; and the dogs are followed in their turn by two very cute pet meerkats, who have made their home just in front of the house! The generously-sized cottages, each decorated in a different theme, are built into the crescent-shaped hollow of the dunes that overlook a serene landscape of mountains and rocky outcrops in the distance. In the evening, dinner is served communally in the elegant dining room. This is a highlight, as much for the quality and quantity of Hannetjie’s culinary skills (make sure you prepare for this by dieting beforehand!) as for the good conversation. Willem generously serves some excellent wines - you find your glass refilled as if by magic. The retreat merits a stay of at least two nights to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding area and simply to pamper yourself. Don’t miss walking in the canyon among the ghostly silver trunks of the moringa trees. Willem can organise excursions into the dunes of Sossusvlei, one hour away (book in advance). Late in the afternoon, Willem takes you on a game drive to see the 40 oryx on his farm or to contemplate the sunset, drink in hand, from a viewpoint on the rose-coloured dunes. “Another boring day ends in Africa!” he concludes with a laugh.

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Symbols: No Smoking    No Credit Cards Accepted    Children Welcome    Stocked Wild Game    Meals Can Be Provided    Good Hiking or Walking    Full Wheelchair Facilities    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Gourmet Cuisine Available    
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Rooms: 6: 2 rooms inside the main house, 3 cottages and 1 self-catering cottage. All have en-suite shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full board includes breakfast, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner, malt and soft drinks. In others cases, meals on request at
Directions: On D1275. Accessible from Walvis Bay take C14, turn L on D1275 “Nauchas” for 15km; or from Rehoboth take C24, in Nauchas turn R to D1275 to Spreetshoogte Pass. After pass it is 20km.
GPS:S23 45' 346 E16 02' 980

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