Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

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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. L and Family - Denmark
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Absolutely fantastic expirience - one of the highlights on our one month trip in Namibia!

Dennis, his vife, and the guides were the perfect hosts. Talking around the fire, watching the stars, and enjoying the meals in this remote location in Namibia was a lifetime expirience. The walks and drives in Etendeka highly interesting, also for our children at 8 + 9 years.

The tents vere good - you felt like sleaping on another planet. Exciting and a bit scarry to hear the animals just outside during night!

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Ms P & Mr D on honeymoon
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This was my favourite place and was superb. We drove from Anderssons Camp to Palmwag lodge and stopped off at Kamanjab to see some rock paintings. However, up until we got to Kamanjab all of the roads had been tarmac and we were informed, whilst picking up the key to see the rock paintings that the road to Palmwag was gravel and would take 2.5 hours. Not being aware of the gravel road and the extended length of time it would take meant that we had to rush down it and through the Grootberg Pass without being able to spend any time there enjoying the scenery. We made it to the pick-up point by 3.30pm but it had been a rush. I do think Expert Africa should have made us aware of this change in road in our information pack.

The camp itself is in the middle of nowhere and is personally run by Dennis, Claire and Bonny who were extremely friendly and brilliant hosts. The 16 tents are well spaced from each other and the bush showers were superb. Eating with all the guests was a great social event and very enjoyable and the food was excellent. Bonny's explanation of it in Damara was brilliant and very entertaining. We asked if we could go for a walk on the morning of our departure (all the other guests had to leave first thing) and a guide, Patrick, took us out for a fabulous climb up one of the hills and we saw a black eagle.

We only learned later that they were having the day off as they didn't have any guests in that night but they went out of their way to enable us to have a walk in the morning, a lovely lunch and transfer back to our car an hour away. The personal way in which it is run as well as the maximum of 16 guests at the camp at any one time ensures a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Entendeka was wonderful.

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Ms W & Ms B - Alaska
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Everything about Etendeka was wonderful. Etendeka offers what we would consider simple, yet luxurious accommodations and great service. The food was absolutely outstanding and they were so kind as to pack a lunch for us on our last day to have on our drive as we made it to our next destination.

While we had many good guides on our trip Bownie was definitely one of the best. His knowledge of the area was truly exceptional providing us information on the history of the area, flora/fauna, mammals, and birds. What we appreciated was that it wasn't just about identifying something so it could be checked off a list but information was received that helped us learn about the habitat and how things worked within it.

The owners, Dennis and Claire, augmented our experience with Bownie providing even more information. We very much enjoyed the family style dinners and appreciated the conversation that went along with them. While not put forth as a planned/scheduled activity, the time spent (an hour plus) being driven into the camp and out were bonus game drives.

A couple of highlights included a day hike with Bownie and an evening of constellation viewing with Dennis. We were provided with water and if we'd wanted a hiking pole for the excursion, part way through we stopped and had a small snack as well. The hike lasted approximately 4 hours and we enjoyed every moment of it. To be able to travel at a slower speed on foot, versus safari vehicle, and to stop to view animals, birds, learn about trees/plants, etc....felt like a gift.

On our second night Dennis treated us to some viewing of the constellations. Neither one of us was well versed in the constellations and it was very cool to see the rings of Saturn and the constellations of Leo, Scorpio, Southern Cross, Pointer, False Cross, and the Big Dipper (a different view than what we see in our northern sky at our home in Alaska). Throughout the rest of our trip each evening we'd orient ourselves by finding the Southern Cross and Pointer.


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Mr & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 7-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Etendeka is a superb location. The "tented camp" experience was fun, but would have been enjoyed more if the matresses had not been so awful. They really have exceeded their useful life expectancy.

The activities were a little disappointing. We had expected a serious safari outfit, with real attempts to get close to game on foor. In the event the walk was marred by the other guests - slow, noisey and more interested in photographing each other than in the environment (not entirely the management's fault of course) and if we had not seen, after a long and very bumpy drive, the black rhino, the game drive would have been a disappointment too.

In short, we left with the feeling that full advantage was not being derived from the splendid location and the knowledge of the proprietor and his wife.

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D & S on Honeymoon from London
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The drive in to the camp was one of the most exhilarating moments of our whole trip. We got caught in a flash storm, and were thankful for our guide Bonny's driving skills as he managed to drive us through and up rivers! At one point we passed a group of eight girrafes stood watching us struggle past.

We were the only people staying at the camp and so we got a very special experience - Dennis and Bonny were excellent hosts and we enjoyed great food and hospitality. The camp was more basic than others we stayed at but the location was stunning and Bonny was extremely knowledgable so it was great to get the opportunity to go walking with him and learn about the wildlife and local plants.

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Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Afterall Good things come simple and small

We were very fortunate to visit Dennis, Claire and Boni (and the all team behind), at Etendeka Mountain Camp.

Details are not forgotten, like pick up time at the Veterinary fence, so that while you are transfered to the Camp you are on the afternoon drive and enjoying it.

Fabulous activities and meals by the fire. Confortable and simple accomodation. A must.

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Mrs. F and Family - Horsley
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camping in the middle of nowhere

Our girls loved this camp, even more than the luxurious lodges we had stayed in. The tents felt a bit cramped to us, but it was a real 'safari' experience. The bucket showers worked well, and there was plenty of hot water. Each tent was very private. looking out over the wonderful mountain scenery.

The mountain walk was excellent, with plenty of stops needed for the heat. We were told about plants and rocks and even given a lesson in the local click language. Food was very good, especially as we were so far from a road. More tea and coffee would be good though, as this was only served at breakfast and dinner, with no means of making any ourselves.

We saw 2 leopards during our stay, one sat in the road infront of the Landrover while we were trying to drive back to our car, which had been washed for us while we were away. Also they kindly gave us a large packed lunch as we were driving to Swakopmund afterwards. This was wonderful, as we drove through desert most of the way, with no restaurants en route!

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Mr & Mrs W - Chipstead
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Well, Etendeka is Etendeka and it's an experience we wouldn't have missed. Our second visit too.

However, we do feel that the "no frills" philosophy is taken to excess, particularly given the exorbitant cost. Surely, they could rustle up some eggs for breakfast!

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Mr. & Mrs. T from Welling, Kent
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp

This camp was abit of a shock - we hadn't realised how rustic it was! Having said that the tents were clean and comfortable.
The atmosphere was good - Dennis and Claire were very hands on.

The morning walk was interesting but we only stayed one night instead of the two we had booked because of the car issues. Claire was very helpful in arranging our additional accomodation in Kamunjab.

Another camp that is a long distance from the road - 1 to 1.5 hours - although the camp do transport you.

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Mr S & Ms J from Cymau, Wales
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Etendeka Mountain Camp is what staying in Africa is all about. You get a real sense of being out in the wilderness. Through the flap of your spacious and comfortable tent, you can see game wandering by, and at night you can hear the animals through the canvas. It is a remote camp, even by Namibian standards, and we saw our best night sky ever here - awe inspiring. It's a well run operation, the owners were good hosts, the staff were friendly, the guide excellent and the food fabulous.

We did a fantastic morning bush walk which was a leisurely 4 hour on-foot safari, and an afternoon game drive. Even after 2 weeks in Namibia, we still found the scenery new and spectacular.

We left the camp wishing we'd booked a 3rd night, however, on our drive back to the pick-up point, we were rewarded with a once-in-a-life-time view of a young leopard, who wandered up to our jeep out of curiosity!

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