Mundulea Reserve

Reviews of Mundulea Reserve

Excellent(98%) From 29 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 29 of our travellers who have visited Mundulea Reserve, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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long walks in the bush ;)

Not sure how much lea way Bruno gives to those who are less fit or used to the heat than he is! Just about managed to keep up, but certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Bruno is an extremely knowledgeable guide and we had a lovely 3 days here (even though the animals were all hiding!). Would defiinitely return, but maybe after some training or at the end of the trip when we had acclimatised to the heat

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Managing Expectations

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.

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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.

The H family from Sweden
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

An excellent bush experience, but if you're looking for easy spotted game this is not the place.

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Dr & Mrs C - West Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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An unforgettable experience

Previous guests have expounded on the wonders of Mundulea, and we can only add our admiration for what Bruno is succeeding in doing on this vast reserve.

Yes, the tents are simple, but not basic, the beds are very comfortable, the night-sky view from the loo extraordinary, and the wake up calls of the francolins and the babblers something to be experienced. We even had a leopard calling metres from our tent in the night. Bruno's home cooking was the best food we had on the whole trip (and that is saying something). We were the only guests so we had two days of gentle trailing with Bruno and his son, during which we learnt so much about the animals, plants and the exceptional geology of the area, not to mention history and politics! Like many other guests, we have become "poo" experts and we now have to find a use for all our knowledge in rural Sussex!

This is a true bush-camp but with enough of the creature-comforts to make it a wonderful experience for all ages. We could not recommend it too highly.

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Dr F & Mrs A - Golden wedding anniversary
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great bush-camp

One could not hope for a better or more well-informed guide than Bruno. We were the only guests so everything was catered to our interests. We had a dramatic first night with violent thunderstorms which made the outdoor dining and bathroom experiences ones to remember.

Everything was provided by Bruno and Tommy, Bruno cooking over a fire after a full day out with us walking which was no mean feat. We learned a lot and had close sightings of a variety of animals, some very close to camp. The access road was difficult after prolonged rainfall, maybe at some point it will have to be addressed.

A welcome experience and a change from luxurious lodges, an adventure really.

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Mr K & Ms C from New Jersey
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

Mundulea is fantastic.

After being in the car for much of our trip it was great to get out and walk. Bruno is a fantastic guide and host - we learned so much about the animals at the reserve and saw some animals we had not seen before. The food was amazing.

Mundulea was definitely a highlight of our trip and we really wished we could stay longer.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

Bruno is trying to make the world a better place and we were privileged to witness this for several days. We received a warm welcome and were impressed with the amazing hospitality. Bruno is a fountain of knowledge, an inspired guide, and an enthousiastic teacher. Mundulea lodge is the perfect start to a Namibia tou as it provides a broad and fascinating base of knowledge in terms of wildlife, geology, ecology, vegetation etc etc.

The atmosphere in the lodge is warm and personal, the food was marvelous, and the evening discussions around the campfire fascinating.
Highly recommended !!!!

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

The clear highlight of our holiday - loved every minute of it.

Bruno Nebe is a wonderful host and inspirational guide. He has also built a camp with the best showers we found in Namibia. The camp has everything except mains electricity, which we did not need.

We left Mundulea on a high, much better informed and keen to return.

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Mr & Mrs B - Winchester
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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experiencing real outdoor life

Having been charged 1 dp and 2 fb at Nhoma, I was surprised to find the same time scale applied but we were charged 3fb. at Mundulea. We were not told what time to arrive so I rang and we confirmed the time between 2-3pm. However it was not clear that it was a 20min drive in a VW Polo saloon to reach the farm which needed to be added to our timings.

It would have been helpful to know a bit more about the activities before arriving but we were well prepared (I would have liked my camel bag for drinking water - saved time when out walking). Very good stout boots should be advised - despite having good boots we both got a thorn through ours and into our feet.

Mundalea and Bruno's great expertise and knowledge grew on me and 2 days quickly passed. It was a very good end and winding down to the end of our holiday.

We did not like the bees buzzing around the bathroom but Bruno moved us to another tent which was much better.

Staying with him and getting him to share just some of his great knowledge was a privilege. It made a lovely relaxed last stay of the holiday. He was a very attentive host.

The tents seemed to be very hot and airless compared to Nhoma where the breeze seemed to go through the tents and help to keep them cool.

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Expert Africa comments

In her general comments, this traveller makes the point: “Rating the accommodation is difficult as a tent cannot be called excellent and therefore I have given a consistent good throughout …

Given this, we’re pleased to see that she gave Mundulea such strong marks!

Ms R & Mr B from Switzerland
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

Words fail me. This must be one of the best camps I have visited in over seven trips to Africa.

It won't be for everyone (thankfully), but we will definitely be back.

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