Reviews of Mundulea Reserve
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Mundulea Reserve review
What a very different experience from anything else we have done in Southern Africa before, but an amazing few days amidst an extraordinary project to create a reserve as it would have been before it had been farmed.
Bruno's knowledge is second to none - breakfast, lunch and dinner time was a feast of simple but delicious food as well as an opportunity to hear more of the story of Mundulea, as well as understanding so much more about conservation, poaching and other subjects relevant to Namibia and it's neighbours.
Not for the faint hearted given all the walking in the bush and essential to take good walking shoes or boots, but so rewarding for the effort that goes in,
Mundulea Reserve review
It was a real treat to spend time in the bush with Bruno. When we arrived we were whisked off to observe the rescue, tagging and release of a very rare pangolin, an animal we would never otherwise have seen. This was followed by 3 nights in bush camp with Bruno and Tommy (who looked after the camp and cooking), walking and learning about anything and everything to do with Namibia. Although we did not see many animals while walking, there were many tracks and traces.
Bruno's knowledge of plants, animals, geology and politics is exemplary and he takes obvious pleasure in sharing this.
The only slight criticism is that the walks sometimes seemed to be rather lacking in objective. The vegetation at this time of year can be rather uninspiring. Perhaps a little more discussion and briefing before each walk might have helped.
Loved catching up with Bruno - it was a total delight. He still remains to me one of the best guides in Africa. Sadly it poured down with rain for 2 days but it did not in any way dampen the experience - we thought it was great.
No, we did not see a pangolin and for 95% plus travellers there is no chance, however Chris, as you already know, be very selective about the clients that you send there.
We loved it and have promised to go back. We love Bruno and his knowledge and experience of life in the bush. Could you please forward us the details of the Pangolin Trust as we want to get involved and Pete is going to work on a game for the website to promote the plight of Percy the Pangolin.
This was a very special place: a bush camp, not luxurious (it doesn't set out to be luxurious) but comfortable.
Bruno is an outstanding guide and what he is doing on the reserve is fascinating. It was lovely eating food cooked by Tommy over an open fire.
Mundulea is a private reserve where the owner, Bruno, is looking to restore the environment to its pre-cattle farming state. This is not a short-term project as over-grazing has caused significant bush-encroachment. But Bruno is very dedicated to the cause, which is well worth supporting - not least because this sort of private project may ultimately (and sadly) prove to be the best hope for Africa's megafauna in particular in the medium- to long-term.
Bruno himself is a true (latter-day) 'renaissance man'. Sculptor, film-maker, photographer, birding guide and bush expert, he has a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics and is genuinely curious about many others. Over the four nights we were there our conversaations ranged across, inter alia, the origins of multi-cell life (based on local fossiles), the eating habits of porcupines (more complex than you might think), the genetics of the zebra (and kite) family, undoing the damage of over-intensive farming, local politics, the Chinese in Africa, and human dietary issues.
Mundulea is a true bushcamp. But the accommodation is very comfortable - and we commend in particular the shower which is as good as any we have found on our numerous trips to Africa. Much of the fittings have been made by Bruno and his team from locally available materials (including scrap metal from the area's farming days). Bruno produces amazingly good meals on an open fire, which would do credit to many a modern kitchen.
The waterhole right outside the camp attracts a good range of mammals day and night and, although we were a few weeks early for the peak period, we also saw a wide range of birds.
Best of all, no trucks! Mundulea is all about walking and we enjoyed some excellent rambles through the bush morning and evening.
In short, highly recommended.
Mundulea Reserve review
Brilliant as ever. Our time with Bruno was amazing. We would like to find a way of helping Bruno with his work there and spoke to him about it.
We would like to talk to Chris about it sometime.
Bruno and Kai took excellent care of us.
The children really enjoyed the trip and was fully engaged in the things Bruno explained to them. The food was great, I think they were surprised how much we (including the kids) can eat.
A wild reservation in a remote area
A very authentic camp with the tents placed within a bomba. We were the only guests at the time and enjoyed our numerous walks and conversations with Bruno Hebe, the owner who is a most interesting guide.
The amenities were very basic - much like living in the bush - but a wonderful experience. Walking was the only activity.
Outstanding and Inspirational
Spent 3 nights here, and could have spent longer.
It was fascinating and learned so much from Bruno about the bio diversity on Mundulea and surrounding area. Bruno is an excellent host and a first class guide. A wonderful insight into Namibia.
Would love to go back and see how Bruno's vision develops.
I could be critical but nature controls the viewing not the people. We had three quite difficult days and the experience fell short of our expectations. On the positive side you have the opportunity to spend time with one of the best guides in Africa and gain a detailed understanding of the bush and how it works.
On the downside this is a farm (well 4 actually) that has over 2,000 animals and i can confirm they are there as you see them as you drive in and there are dozens of tracks and more poo than you can shake a stick at, but on the walks the chances of seeing anything away from a waterhole seem to be very low.
Bruno is keen to keep the animals wild (good) but this means they are not comfortable with people on foot and very skittish near the waterholes. If you love to walk (we do) this is great but 6 hours at 30+ degrees is tough, if you want to photograph animals or at least see them (we do) this is probably not a great place to start.
Overall it is a wonderful experience but the advertising and the hype are not quite what you get - or were we just very unfortunate.
Expert Africa comments
We were really sorry to read that this experienced traveller did not enjoy Mundulea. Prior to arriving, he spent six nights game-viewing in Etosha National Park. This could normally be relied upon for lots of great wildlife sightings and large volumes of game, but extensive bush fires and ill-timed road works both detracted from this experience.
By contrast, Mundulea doesnt have dense game or animals that are particularly relaxed near people, and so we never expect great wildlife sightings here. Bruno is passionate about keeping the wildlife at Mundulea wild commenting that its distrust of humans has stood it in good stead through many centuries of hunting. So Munduleas experience is much more about learning about the finer workings of the bush on foot, whilst treating wildlife sightings as a bonus.
So whilst Mundulea usually complements Etosha very well in an itinerary. However, in this case it clearly didnt work at all well, as game viewing was very sparse both in Etosha and here.