Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

Excellent(96%) From 64 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 64 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 & Mrs R - Hereford
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A Real Bush Camp

The pick up worked well from Palmwag at the vet fence [ see instructions in Chris McIntyre's book] Dennis then drove us the 1 1/2 hours to the camp, Set in the most spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains. The camp illustrates Dennis's commitment to a sustainable way of life.

The activities include a 3 1/2 hour morning walk which is energetic but worth every minute and an afternoon drive.There is plenty of game to see.and takes you even further into the mountains.

We loved our tent and the bucket shower which worked well. Every one was very helpful and Dennis and Ivan very knowledgeable.

You need at least 2-3 nights here.
Not a place to go in the winter.

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Mr & Mrs F - Kent
Arrived on: 3-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very interesting - Etendeka Mountain camp

This was a very different experience to the other camps that we had visited. The scenery was stunning and I'm glad that we went there.

The wildlife is not as prolific as in other areas but we still saw a lot. Due to problems with my knee we didn't do the long morning walk but did a comfortable stroll around the area, it was very interesting.

The food is uncomplicated and filling. the staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Sheffield party of 4
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

What an expereince! The service was outstanding and every need was catered for. Great attention to detail from iced water or juice permanently on tap to your own water bottle for trips! There was even a thermos of water in the tent.

At no time did I feel one of a long line of guests; the hosts were friendly and interested in everyone and keen to follow up individual interests.

It was an education to see how they managed their environment.

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AB from Essex
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Dennis and his father - in - law Mick should be given a medal for their hospitality, conviviality, knowledge and general kindheartedness. They looked after Judy and I and cured our stomach bug with their bush remedies and humour.

Our guide Bonny is to be commended - so knowledgable and all learned though self teaching - incredible - think some-one should pay for him to go and learn more [ he could teach the teachers heaps].

Tho basic - it was definitely a place we would all return to - marvellous

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Family B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Surpassed expectations

Probably as a result of the rain earlier in 2011, we were very glad we had a 4 wheel drive to get from Doro Nawas to Palmwag, and later on over the Grootberg pass, although the latter was not as bad. Much of the road to Palmwag is temporarily repaired, and there are one or two quite stepped river crossings. I think Expert Africa definitely should recommend 4wd for anyone going to this area and Dennis at Etendeka reinforced that view.

Etendeka is simply wonderful from the drive in onwards. There was much more wildlife than we expected. The scenery is incomparable. The guiding is top class, the place imaculate, the food simple but really tasty and plentiful with very good salads at lunch and delicious puddings at dinner. Bonnie and Denis are excellent hosts and the tents are very comfortable even for a non-camper like me. The bucket showers are great fun Walikng in the morning through lovely scenery and afternoon game drives were excellent. The only slight downside was that our second morning's walk, although on a different route from the first, was a bit repetitive for the benefit of newcomers, but I guess that is to be expected. You can walk around on your own in between times.

All in all, we were really looking forward to Etendeka, and it was even better than expected. If we go to Namibia again, this would certainly be a place we would visit.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

A unique and delightful experience!

Due to the dot on the map we were expecting Palmwag to be a town of some size - ha ha ha! The fence preventing the transport of farm animals was a surprise but the guards were pleasant and let us across to Palmwag Lodge for a drink as we arrived early. We filled up with petrol at the filling pumps.

Bonnie was at the collection spot when we returned so we parked in the secure parking and transferred over to his vehicle for the 1 1/2 hour trip to the Lodge. This drive turned out to be a lovely bonus game drive. The camp is really in the middle of nowhere with some lovely scenery surrounding it. The basic tents have been renewed and are larger than previously with comfortable beds and an outdoor bucket shower that works very well and is great fun besides!

Beer, wine and soft drinks are included and the supplied water is drinkable. You are given water bottles to keep for the duration of your visit that you fill up from the chilled water dispenser in the dining area.

The dining area lacks a little character but is due to be upgraded in the near future. The food was simple and delicious.

We went on a walk with Bonnie in the morning which was very enjoyable. I had been worried about this due to a recent knee replacement but the walk was interesting and relatively gentle. Everyone is given a walking stick just to aid with stability on some of the rockier parts.

The game drive in the afternoon with Dennis was informative and fascinating even though the elephants were not in the area. We saw a wide variety of game and heard lions and hyaena during the night as well as having zebra and Springbok around our tent. We saw a variety of game on the way out as well.

Dennis and Bonnie are laid-back gentlemen and provide a relaxed, informative stay with no frills but ample comfort and delightful conversation.

A truly wonderful experience that I am so glad Tracey suggested so strongly. It would have been a poorer trip if we missed this stop.

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This was one of our favourite places. It may not be the most luxurious camp but what they do, they do extremely well.

The food was wholesome and delicious - some of the best we tasted on our trip. The tents were very comfortable and we were made to feel extremely welcome.

The beauty of Etendeka is its location in the middle of nowhere. Don't expect to see an abundance of wildlife here - come for the solitude. Highly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great experience in remote setting

Very experienced,enthusiatic and dedicated owner Dennis, asst manager Bonnie, supported by good staff.

Walks and safari drives very enjoyable and informative in amazing environment.

Food was outstanding, homemade and could be on a menu in a quality restaurant. They also catered well for a vegetarian.
We were well looked after and even enjoyed the bucket showers.

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Dr D & Dr U - Manchester
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great stay at Etendeka

Absolutely beautiful location with breathtaking views, very good guides with great local knowledge, loved the stargazing.

Also great to be able to go out on unguided walks. And bucket showers are suprisingly good :)

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Ms S and family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

A fabulous stay - one of our holiday highlights. Impressive hospitality, top marks on 'green' creditentials, great activities organised by Bonnie. Would liked to have stayed longer!

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