Mowani Mountain Camp is set amoungst large granite boulders in a picturesque area of Damaraland.
Mowani Mountain Camp: Our full report
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 12 tents, split into different types. The view tents, as the name suggests, are located on the perimeter of the camp and have wonderful views of the Damara landscape. The standard tents 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 three-course set menu, professionally served in the candlelit dining room. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Honeymoons: Honeymooners might treat themselves to a few nights in the superb suite at Mowani Mountain Camp. Its luxury, seclusion and stupendous views over the surrounding Damara landscape make it a romantic retreat of note.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Namibia
Photographic: 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.See more ideas for Photographic in Namibia
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.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Namibia
Attitude towards children: The lodge has a good attitude to children as longs as they are well behaved.
Equipment: Cots can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: Being high up, with rocky boulders all around, and no safety rails at all means that there are dangerous drop offs at Mowani. Older children are fine here – as long as they are supervised and are aware of the location’s dangers. Children need to be old enough to act responsibly.
Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Internet is available in reception.
TV & radio: There is a television with DSTV in the honeymoon suite.
Health & safety
Malarial area: 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.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge
Money: No currency exchange possible.