Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp: Our full report

Rooms
15 tented rooms.
Traveller's rating
Excellent (93%) From 78 reviews
Children
Not recommended.
Open
All year

A sister camp to nearby Camp Kipwe, and situated in the heart of southern Damaraland between the Ugab and the Huab rivers, Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location – perched high on a rocky outcrop, nestled amongst large granite boulders and overlooking gravel plains to the mountains beyond.Mowani Camp has 15 rooms, split into different types. The 6 superior view rooms, as the name suggests, are located on the perimeter of the camp and have wonderful views of the Damara landscape. The 7 superior rooms don't have quite the same spectacular vistas, but are built around the large rocks that make this place so unusual. Mowani also offers a suite.

All the tents at Mowani Mountain Camp have en-suite facilities, and are decorated in an African theme with soft furnishings in cheerful colours and carved wooden colonial-style furniture. Each has a private veranda where you can sit and take in the surroundings. Rooms all have tea and coffee stations, a safe and mosquito nets draped over the bed.

Mowani’s mini suite is a spacious, thatched room with air conditioning, a minibar, and television with cable channels, and an en-suite bathroom. This suite doesn’t have the spectacular views of some of the others, but is very comfortable and nicely decorated with lots of wood and wicker furniture.

The suite at Mowani is large, innovative and beautifully designed, with a superb vantage point, and an open-air 'bush' bathroom with a bath (as well as an indoor one). There's an emphasis on privacy here, and dinner can be served on the balcony, making it a good place for honeymooners. The suite also has a television with DSTV (cable channels), as well as its own comfortable lounge.

Mowani's main dining and lounge area are housed under two large, adjoining dome-thatched rondavels. Both are comfortable, relaxed and stylishly appointed, with a touch of formal elegance about the dining room at dinner. Just below is a small inviting pool and deck area built between the rocks, which also has a great view over the landscape.

The sundowner spot at Mowani has to be seen to be believed; we'll leave this surprise for you to discover, but suffice to say that cushions and chairs, as well as a drinks service, are provided. Alternatively, you can join other guests for pre-dinner drinks by the campfire.

Visitors who arrive in their own vehicles are free to use Mowani as a base for their own explorations, or join the camp's own guided activities for an extra cost. These include nature drives that, in season, set out in search of the desert-adapted elephants, as well as guided walks, and excursions to the nearby famous rock art at Twyfelfontein, incorporating the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.

Our view

Mowani Mountain Camp's innovative, integrated design and comfortable rooms, along with its spectacular views, makes it a very lovely base for a couple of nights in this area. Most visitors will drive themselves here, leaving them with the flexibility to either drive around in your own vehicle, or be driven on a 4WD excursion by one of the camp's guides.

Geographics

Location: Damaraland, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Mowani Mountain Camp is located on the D2612, a turning off the C39, opposite the entrance to Camp Kipwe. The closest towns are Uis (130km to the south) and Khorixas (130km to the east). The nearest airstrip is at Twyfelfontein, approximately 15km from Camp Kipwe. Windhoek is about 550km (5.5 hours’ drive) away.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: Breakfast is a buffet consisting of cereals, freshly made bread, jams, fruit, yoghurt, fruit juices, tea and coffee. Hot breakfasts are made to order.
There is a set menu of light lunches, such as salads and sandwiches. Dinner is a delicious and varied four-course set menu, professionally served in the candlelit dining room. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Lunch packs can be provided, just ask for these the night before you are leaving.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Further dining info: Room service is only available in the suite.

Special interests

Honeymoons: Treat yourselves to a few nights in the superb suite at Mowani on your Namibia honeymoon. Its opulence, seclusion and stupendous views over the surrounding landscape are unbeatable. Keeping nature close but luxury and romance closer, this is a perfect honeymoon destination.

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Photography holidays: With its setting among smooth granite kopjies, landscape photographers will be in their element at Mowani. The views are spectacular, too, especially from the sundowner spot, which is stunning at all times, not just at sunset.

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Wildlife safaris: Mowani Mountain Camp offers guided nature drives into the dry river beds in this area. The game isn’t dense here, but you’ll probably see a good sprinkling of antelope and birds – and have a fairly good chance of spotting the area’s desert-adapted elephants, although you might have to drive quite a way to find them.

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Children

Attitude towards children: The lodge has a good attitude to children as longs as they are well behaved.

Property’s age restrictions: No age restriction

Equipment: Cots can be provided on request, and there are children’s tents for those 9 years and older.

Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a backup generator in case of a power cut.

Communications: Internet is available in reception.

TV & radio: There is a television with DSTV in the honeymoon suite and the mini suite.

Water supply: Borehole

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Khorixas, and some staff at the lodge are usually first aid trained. In an emergency, patients would be flown to Windhoek.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Security guards are on duty at Mowani Mountain Camp day and night.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in all rooms.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge only for guests staying in the suite and the mini suite.

Money: No currency exchange possible.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Cash payments may be made in Namibian dollars, South African rand, US dollars, GB pounds and euros but change will be given in Namibian dollars.