At Wolwedans Dune Lodge, it’s all about the desert and stars. In a room with three sides of canvas, I am trying to sleep to the sound of the howling desert wind. The name Wolwedans - meaning “where the wolves dance” in Afrikaans - takes on a whole new meaning.
Sleep comes just as the wake-up call at 4:30 A.M. happens. I trudge through the sand - sleep-walking pretty much - from my cottage to the lodge reception and try to shake myself awake with some coffee.
Just about then, a group of oryx bound down the dunes in synchronized slow motion to get to a waterhole right in front of where I am standing. It is so perfect that I can only stare and wonder how much practice that took!
And pinch myself to wake up.
© Photo and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Wolwedans Dune Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia, Jan 2011.