Mowani Mountain Camp

Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp

Excellent(93%) From 84 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 84 of our travellers who have visited Mowani Mountain Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs & Mr W - Dorset
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loveliness in the middle of nowhere!

The only downside was a very long drive on gravel roads, but the sense of wilderness made it worthwhile. Beautiful accommodation in a dramatic setting.

Food excellent, staff friendly and helpful. Fantastic trip out to see the desert elephants with an informative guide.

If you have time, the official petrified forest is worth a visit.

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Mr and Mrs B from Horsham
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Our favourite lodge - lovely location, helpful staff, great tent, beautiful setting and a laid back welcoming vibe. We had a puncture problem and staff sourced a tyre garage that could replace on our way to next stop.

Great birthday celebrations for my husband with cake, prosecco and staff singing to him!

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Nick and Kate - London and West Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely camp and great elephants

Another scenic flight took us across Damaraland to Mowani, a beautiful camp in a glorious location, designed into the rocky landscape. The central area is spacious and airy, with a nice view down to a waterhole that attracted not even a single springbok during our two days. Rooms are large and comfortable, although hot water was intermittent. The beds seem to jut out into the valley, offering panoramic views.

Good mosquito precautions, but no mosquitos. Annoying flies which buzz around your eyes prevented us sitting on our terrace with its delightful views across the valley at the back of the camp. The rooms at the front looked to us to have better views, and would also benefit from the afternoon breezes. Rock dassies run around the camp, along with beautiful lizards. Management were friendly and helpful, although they didn’t plan our second day’s afternoon activity, so we had to initiate that ourselves.

There is a tiny swimming pool. More effective is the splendid rocky ledge which serves as the sundowner terrace, affording wonderful valley views as the sun goes down, accompanied by your favourite cocktail served by obliging and friendly staff. Service was horribly slow, particularly at breakfast, where I failed to get my hot order in time to make the morning activity, even though I arrived the moment the restaurant opened.

The activities are good. The highlight of course is the morning drive to find the desert elephants. We had a herd of 14 in the dry river bed, just half an hour from camp, and the interaction with the 3 vehicles present was fabulous – I could have reached out and touched two elephants as they ambled by our jeep. The trip to the rock engravings at Tywfelfontein is intriguing and very interesting, and makes a nice diversion from game drives. The park has very little wildlife apart from the elephants, although an afternoon birding drive yielded three different types of hornbill.

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Devin & Willow from California
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

The Mowani is just amazing. The cabins are beautiful, private, and peaceful; with stunning views. The food was first class and the "sundowner" evenings (drinks, appetizers, and chairs on a gigantic granite boulder) watching the sunsets was too much fun.

Our guide (Atan) was friendly and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed the excursions to observe desert elephants and see the petroglyphs.

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Mr K & Mrs N - kayaking in Namibia
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Stunning location amongst the granite boulders of Damaraland. First class service from start to finish - rooms are great, the pool is wonderful, the food very impressive. Don't miss the bar on top of the boulders for sunset or the morning nature game drive (we were lucky enough to see three herds of the desert elephants on our one morning drive).

The birds around the camp are also amazing - we found it hard to pull ourselves away from the birds at the bird pool. Staff great, wonderful place.

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Prof & Ms Moler - Santa Fe
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Beautiful location. Very long drive to see desert elephants.

Hard hike up to dining room, but beautiful spot once we got there.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 18-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Outstanding Lodge

This is a really outstanding lodge in a very attractive location.

Wonderful sun-downer with a great view, excellent service and food.

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Mr A & Ms J - Hampshire
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location. Poor service and food.

Wonderful location. But regrettably let down by poor staff and average food. Clearly no manager in charge. Room safe was missing. Other guests complained of no hot water and sewage smells.

Excellent day out with guide tracking elephants.

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Mr J & Mrs C - Namibia Sep
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Stunning setting & magical elephants

This really was an incredible place to stay and we wished we could have been there 2 nights rather than 1 but availability just didn't allow it. The location is nothing short of spectacular and the rooms laid out amongst the boulders are equally impressive. The sundowner spot was also incredible.

However, none of this could compete with the trip to see the desert elephants. It was truly magical, so many elephants and a five week old baby as well. They were completely relaxed with us being there and we followed them for a considerable distance, watching them feed and seeing the baby pick a fight with his elder brother. We were surprised about the relatively small cost charged by Mowani for this trip - we would have paid more!

The one small point we'd make is that the staff were a little stiff at this camp - possibly because this is a high-end camp and it would be nice if they relaxed a little.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Pure luxury at Mowani

Disabled persons review: There are a few steps to access the dining room which might have been awkward but the staff were more than happy to lend a hand. The path up the hill for sundowner was well paved with the odd step.

Despite being more expensive and luxurious than other lodges we stayed in, it remained relaxing and very friendly.
Loved the outside shower next to our room (actually a large luxury tent) and we left the curtains open at night so we could wake to the fantastic view. The room, patio and of course the outside shower were completely private.

Great sundowner a few yards away on the top of a hill giving lovely views and photographic opportunities.

I can't praise this place enough - worth the money - and we are definitely going back.

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