Boulders Safari Camp gets its name from the surrounding boulders.

Boulders Safari Camp | NamibRand Nature Reserve Luxury Namibia Safari Lodge

Enjoy a pure wilderness experience at Boulders Safari camp, just four tented suites in the vast NamibRand Nature Reserve. At this luxury safari lodge, you’ll discover unique desert landscapes and the ancient hunting grounds of the San on leisurely game drives, scenic flights and guided walking safaris.

The place

As we drive through the arid landscape of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, our guide, Anderson, tells us that it covers an enormous 215,000ha on the eastern flank of the great Namib dune sea, on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It’s an alien desert landscape of startlingly blue skies, red dunes, hazy purple mountains and endless yellow plains that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a haven for numerous antelope, leopard, hyena, jackal and caracal, while cheetah have also been reintroduced here. En route to the lodge, we pass a waterhole shared peacefully by both oryx and zebra! Many photographs later and we’re arriving at Boulders Safari Camp, which is hugged by a collection of massive granite rocks.After a quick welcome brief and tour of the luxury Namibian safari lodge, we take a moment to enjoy a quick drink on the mountainous rock plateau on the other side of the lodge, captivated by the vast open landscape before us. It’s staggering in its beauty and immensity. Just looking at it makes us feel like we’re in another dimension; lighter and immeasurably free.

As we drive through the arid landscape of the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, our guide, Anderson, tells us that it covers an enormous 215,000ha on the eastern flank of the great Namib dune sea, on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It’s an alien desert landscape of startlingly blue skies, red dunes, hazy purple mountains and endless yellow plains that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a haven for numerous antelope, leopard, hyena, jackal and caracal, while cheetah have also been reintroduced here. En route to the lodge, we pass a waterhole shared peacefully by both oryx and zebra! Many photographs later and we’re arriving at Boulders Safari Camp, which is hugged by a collection of massive granite rocks.

After a quick welcome brief and tour of the luxury Namibian safari lodge, we take a moment to enjoy a quick drink on the mountainous rock plateau on the other side of the lodge, captivated by the vast open landscape before us. It’s staggering in its beauty and immensity. Just looking at it makes us feel like we’re in another dimension; lighter and immeasurably free.

The room

Just one of four at this intimate safari lodge, our spacious and beautifully decorated tent is built on raised wooden decks. Its canvas blinds have been thoughtfully rolled up so we can enjoy views of endless grassy plains flowing into distant purple-hued mountains, even when inside. The large four-poster bed, dressed in white linen beneath billowing mosquito nets, faces out onto this vista, and already I’m leaning towards a lazy lie-in tomorrow to make the most of it. We’re told that evenings can get quite cold here in the desert, which explains the warm down duvets on the bed. It also ties in wonderfully with the uncontrived yet decidedly compelling romance of the place. It’s quite simply everything we could’ve dreamed of.After unpacking, we spend a bit of time on the verandah’s loungers, just absorbing the serene atmosphere. When hunger calls, we venture the short distance to the dining tent for lunch. Seating ourselves at the communal table under a rustic chandelier, we tuck into delectable food served fresh from the garden. Afterwards, we consider having a siesta back at our tent, but we find we’re too energised … too excited to be here really … so we end up ordering G&Ts and playing cards at our verandah table instead.

Just one of four at this intimate safari lodge, our spacious and beautifully decorated tent is built on raised wooden decks. Its canvas blinds have been thoughtfully rolled up so we can enjoy views of endless grassy plains flowing into distant purple-hued mountains, even when inside.

The large four-poster bed, dressed in white linen beneath billowing mosquito nets, faces out onto this vista, and already I’m leaning towards a lazy lie-in tomorrow to make the most of it. We’re told that evenings can get quite cold here in the desert, which explains the warm down duvets on the bed. It also ties in wonderfully with the uncontrived yet decidedly compelling romance of the place. It’s quite simply everything we could’ve dreamed of.

After unpacking, we spend a bit of time on the verandah’s loungers, just absorbing the serene atmosphere. When hunger calls, we venture the short distance to the dining tent for lunch. Seating ourselves at the communal table under a rustic chandelier, we tuck into delectable food served fresh from the garden. Afterwards, we consider having a siesta back at our tent, but we find we’re too energised … too excited to be here really … so we end up ordering G&Ts and playing cards at our verandah table instead.

What sets it apart

It’s not only the striking scenery and hospitality of Boulders Safari Camp that make it special. Fittingly enough for its desert location, the camp is run on solar power and aims to promote and build a sustainable future – one that benefits local communities and wildlife. With just eight guests at a time allowed at its starkly remote location, Boulders Safari Camp provides a sense of exclusivity – and as much social interaction or seclusion as you choose. From sundowners and scintillating conversations to walking along the ancient hunting grounds of the San, we enjoyed every moment here. Discovering the incredibly diverse landscapes of one of Africa’s largest private sanctuaries was fascinating: huge red sand dunes, gravel plains and majestic desert mountains.We were even able to adopt a fairy circle, an eerie circle of sand bordered by long grasses whose purpose and origin remains unknown. Through this initiative, we were able to support the NamibRand Conservation Foundation, and with GPS coordinates to take home, we can visit our fairy circle on Google Earth and ponder its mysterious origins.

It’s not only the striking scenery and hospitality of Boulders Safari Camp that make it special. Fittingly enough for its desert location, the camp is run on solar power and aims to promote and build a sustainable future – one that benefits local communities and wildlife. With just eight guests at a time allowed at its starkly remote location, Boulders Safari Camp provides a sense of exclusivity – and as much social interaction or seclusion as you choose.

From sundowners and scintillating conversations to walking along the ancient hunting grounds of the San, we enjoyed every moment here. Discovering the incredibly diverse landscapes of one of Africa’s largest private sanctuaries was fascinating: huge red sand dunes, gravel plains and majestic desert mountains.

We were even able to adopt a fairy circle, an eerie circle of sand bordered by long grasses whose purpose and origin remains unknown. Through this initiative, we were able to support the NamibRand Conservation Foundation, and with GPS coordinates to take home, we can visit our fairy circle on Google Earth and ponder its mysterious origins.

At a glance

  • Exclusive safari camp with a swimming pool and restaurant, and just four elegant tented suites overlooking dramatic desert landscapes.
  • Private reserve, remote location, individual dining available and flexible schedules.
  • Game drives, walking safaris, swimming, scenic flights (additional cost) and day trips to nearby attractions.
  • Children from six years are welcome. Children under 12 must share with their parents.

  • Exclusive safari camp with a swimming pool and restaurant, and just four elegant tented suites overlooking dramatic desert landscapes.
  • Private reserve, remote location, individual dining available and flexible schedules.
  • Game drives, walking safaris, swimming, scenic flights (additional cost) and day trips to nearby attractions.
  • Children from six years are welcome. Children under 12 must share with their parents.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

Namibia’s cooler and drier winter season is definitely the best time to visit Sossusvlei. Crisp clear mornings and evenings are preferred for getting active, especially if you’re keen to hike up some of the towering dunes. Early starts are also recommended for the best photographic opportunities, with cloudless skies ensuring that the saturated colours of the sand formations are at their most intense. The complete lack of rainfall in this winter season means that you’ll experience nothing but the stark, undiluted beauty of Sossusvlei.

A luxury Sossusvlei safari is also very possible in the hot summer, with luxury lodges having many tactics for making the heat manageable. This time of year tends to be less busy, so you’ll have an even more enhanced sense of solitude as you explore Sossusvlei and the surrounding areas. It also means that you could be one of very few people ever to have witnessed the near-miraculous transformation of Sossusvlei after a summer rainstorm. Cooler year-round conditions at Skeleton Coast offer the possibility of a combined itinerary.

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