Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

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Below are independent comments from 72 of our travellers who have visited Etendeka Mountain Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr D & Ms T - Ontario
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

superlative experience.

Dennis and Bonnie were great. atmosphere phantasmagoric since our relatively unimportant (human)role in the complex interplay of Nature was highlighted. tents were comfortable; food was great.

We were fortunate since we all got along so well. Could be different if factor in incompatible personalities. Would definitely return.

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Mr G and Ms W from London
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favorite in Namibia

This was our favourite accomodation. And it all came down to Dennis and Bonnie.

How can Dennis, after almost two decades of owning/managing Etendeka, be so gracious, warm and friendly, is beyond me. And Bonnie’s passion for the area, coupled with his extensive knowledge (geology; ecology; wildlife – you name it, he knows about it), made him the best guide we had. He is a real asset to Etendeka.

Visitors to Namibia should stay here for the isolation; beauty and quiet. Spotting wildlife is secondary and frankly almost a distraction from the sheer exquisiteness of the location. Food is excellent, the staff friendly, the rooms comfortable. I challenge anyone to stay in a more interesting and personal lodge.

The only one recommendation I would make to Dennis is that if other guests are 'late' for the pick-up, then the guests that have made the effort to be on-time, should not have to 'pay the price'. Five of us waited for 90 minutes for the last two guests to show up. We were all desperate to get to Etendeka as we had heard such great things about the camp. I can completely understand why Dennis would not want to make two trips. However, he might wish to charge a fee for those guests that don't make the rendezvous on time in order to cover his costs for two trips. It seems unfair for those that made the effort to be punctual that they are 'penalised' rather than the tardy guests.

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Mr & Mrs G from Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great safaris at Etendeka

Denis was another excellent owner/manager who ate with us and made everyone feel welcome. We had a fireside drink, all on the house, and met the other guests. Fascinating real bucket showers outside our tents, but they worked well, with the water heated by solar panels. Being so high it was really cold at night, even under a duvet and blankets!

Saw a lot of game on the game drives, including rhino - in the distance - and had an excellent bush walk with Bonnie who taught us the difference between the spoor of the different species of game who had crossed our path.

Amazingly good internet connection, though we really were miles from any civilization!

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Mr & Mrs M - Hemel Hempstead
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Genuine wilderness with style at Etendeka

Etendeka is a once in a lifetime experience. The drive into the camp is the first taste of proper 4X4 driving. then when you reach the camp, you realise what true wilderness is.

There are only 10 tents, so the number of guests is very limited. The eating arrangements are in the main tent, where there is a single long table around which a long entertaining dinner makes a perfect end to each day.

The game drive we went on was amazing - after more 4X4 driving, we came to a green valley with a permanent spring. And loads of game, including desert adapted elephants. I can't believe that we spent a whole morning looking at rocks, and Bonnie had us all completely spellbound on the geology of the area - how did he do that!!

The whole thing is brilliantly run by Dennis and Bonnie, the best hosts in the whole of our journey (and the others were all pretty good too)

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Mr C & Mrs V - Namibia fly-in
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Dennis was an exceptional host as well as being extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed the communal meals, although there was no choice of food the meals that were presented were very enjoyable. All the staff and guides were helpful and friendly.

The outside bucket shower was fun. It was surprising how little water you actually need to have a shower!

If you have difficulties walking then some of the walking activities were not easy and so Chris couldn't particiapte in them. The walk led by Dennis was by far the most interesting.

The afternoon activity guides were very good and knowledgeable and the 3 drives that we went on were all different in terms of the animals we saw and the information we were given.

Dennis had difficulty finding confirming the times of our air transfer with Wilderness Air.

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Mr N and Mrs J - three weeks in Namibia
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

A very interesting couple of days! Dennis was an excellent guide, and was very concerned to share his knowledge.

The food was excellent, and the exchange of views over dinner, in a small group, was stimulating.

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Dennis, the manager, is still as committed to preserving a pristine environment as ever, and the walking and vehicle tours are excellent.

We were very lucky indeed to see black rhion of two occasions, and also rare desert-adapted elephant on a very steep slope.

Fantastic scenery and Dennis often brings out his telescope and shows you any interesting stars and planets that are out.

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Far from the madding crowd

Etendeka is a true bushcamp and remote enough for one to feel really 'out there'. Especially given its remoteness and, therefore, time taken to get there (90 minutes by truck from Palmwag), we feel it is well worth a minimum of three nights. On our two full days, we did a morning walk and an evening drive each day with the excellent Bonnie as our guide.

The mammal range is impressive - including elephants and black rhinos (another group saw lions as we were on our way to the camp). And the area also has a good bird proposition. That said, some readers may be surprised to learn that the highlight for us was a pair of very habituated elephant shrews warming themselves on the rocks outside our tent of an afternoon!

Even if the mammals and birds were fewer, the area would be well worth a visit simply for the landscape which is truly wild and beautiful.

Dennis is an excellent host at the camp and the new communal area is very well appointed. He is also something of an expert on the night sky, which was totally undisturbed by pollution (anyone for a post-dinner sight of Saturn's rings?!).

All in all, very enjoyable and strongly recommended.

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Mr A and Dr H - Berkshire
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This was our favourite place of the whole trip. Dennis and his wife are wonderful hosts and we really enjoyed their company.

Although the camp was full and we all ate at the same long table, we felt like privileged guests enjoying the undivided attention of our hosts. The communal dining sessions helped us to get to know other guests, many of whom we bumped into at other destinations forming a community of Etendeka "graduates" who were keen to find out where we had been and what we had seen since leaving the camp.

Dennis has lived in the area for many years and we enjoyed hearing about the environment, wildlife, local people and their often conflicting needs. The guided walks and sundowner drives helped us to enjoy the fauna, flora and rugged landscape. Most of the wildlife was nervous and it was not possible to get too close but, even so, we saw a lot, including desert elephants on our drive in to the camp on the first evening.

The tents were comfortable, although some people might not be happy about having to leave the tent to go to the toilet or shower. The outdoor bucket shower helped create an impression of rustic camping even if the illusion was spoilt by the presence of solar heated hot water and comfortable accomodation.

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Mr F and family - Belgium
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The real bush camp experience

Etendeka is the real wilderness, not to compare with other luxury safari camps. Accomodation is simple but very comfortable, the bucket showers are a real experience. At night you hear the hyena cry in the distance...

Dinner is together with the other guests, which can be very interactive. Food is excellent, certainly if you realise that the closest shop is more than 100 km away!

The morning walk gets you as close as can be to the stunning scenery, Bonnie must be one of the most experienced guides in the country. It is not only about the wildlife, but also about geology, plants and the people of Namibia. Very informative with special attention for the kids.

In the evening, Dennis gets you gazing at the stars through his telescope. We never got closer to the real Namibian wilderness than in Etendeka.

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