Mowani Mountain Camp

Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp

Excellent(93%) From 81 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 81 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.
Ms F & Mr A - London
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Mowani seems quite a slick operation

Our first experience of gravel roads on the way to Mowani - so it felt like quite a long drive from Erongo (although fine looking back).

The setting is very striking nestling in the pink rocks.

The staff were very welcoming but a bit on the pushy side for us. We would have preferred things a bit calmer!

The room was very nicely decorated and well equipped - and it was a good place to stay for the Twyfelfontein rock carvings, and as a stopover to Etendeka where we were headed next.

We didn't have time to go on any of Mowani's activities (we were only there one night) - but took ourselves to see the rock carvings.

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Ms E & Mr S & Miss E & Miss R - London
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Mowani - so much more than a camp!

We loved Mowani Mountain Camp, from the moment Heinrich gave us an exuberant welcome at the gate, to when he said goodbye (Ciao-ciaoooo!!!). The setting is just wonderful, and the view rooms have such a wow factor. The natural pool, the sundowner spot among the boulders, and the central areas for eating and relaxing are all fantastic. Food - no-choice set dinner - was very good.

Our trip with August, our great guide, was hugely enjoyable. The drive to find desert-adapted elephants was long but never boring, and when we found the herd, it was brilliant. We were also taken to the rock engravings, the organ pipes and burnt mountain.

We were only able to book one night at Mowani, but would have loved to have two to have a chance to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

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Ms G - Ireland
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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beautiful magical mowani

what an amazing place. the best in the whole of Namibia.

staff were exceptionally friendly, welcoming and helpful. The facilities are incredible and the rooms out of this world. Absolute luxury in the heart of the mountains. The excursion to see the desert adapted elephants was magical, travelling across damaraland to try to find them was great fun and then getting up so close to the herd was totally amazing and unexpected.

Heinrich's smile and exuberant welcome as you pass in and out of the gate of mowani creates the best first and last impressions we encountered on our whole trip.

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The H family from Chester
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

We stayed here as Camp Kipje had had suffered a serious fire. It was a great place to stay, and very friendly. Marvellous setting.
Rooms were beautiful. Food was really enjoyable.

We visited the White Lady rockart on the way to the lodge, and the Twyfelfontein rock art whilst there. Both very worthwhile. On the day we left, we saw the Petrified Forest which is astonishing and well worth a visit.

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Mrs W - London
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Wonderful welcome with cold flannels and a chilled drink whilst activities were explained. Our tent was beautiful - newly renovated with all mod cons and with stunning views over the mountains and valley. The sundowner spot is very special with drinks and nibbles and the company of rock dassies.

We went on the morning nature/game drive which was really enjoyable - we saw plenty of game and birds of prey as well as the desert elephants. We also took the guided trip to Twyfelfontein - good value and we got more out of this than if we had done this ourselves.

We had the same waiter throughout our stay which is a nice touch and all the staff were friendly and helfpul, although the service was definitely more formal here than at our other lodges. We particularly appreciated Stewart's daily sport results updates!

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Mrs & Mr M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 28-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Two very good guided drives

Excellent guiding by Stewart and very good service by staff at camp.

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Mr & Mrs F - Kent
Arrived on: 5-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great sundowners at Mowani

After a very bumpy drive which was due to the road having been very badly damaged in the 'rains' we were delighted with our 'view' room at Mowani.

The camp is well run, the staff are friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and the sundowner drinks and snacks on the rocks were super. The game drives were interesting and it was great seeing the desert elephants.

The scenery is wonderful and the rock paintings and carvings at Twyfelfontein were stunning. The climb to the paintings etc was slightly difficult even with the pathway that has been built.

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Ms T & Mr B - France
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

The planned renovation is certainly needed. The location is gorgeous. Everyone was very friendly.

The drive to the elephants was a little long, but worth it when we got there.

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The C family - Sussex
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

This was the only disappointment. We stayed here 10 years ago - it has since been sold, and we felt had really gone downhill. Bathrooms not clean and incredibly tired; the boys' rooms smelled of sewage. Furniture tatty; food and service not good.

Absolutely FREEZING the evening we were there - obviously, the weather isn't their fault, but there was only 1 very ineffective heater in the dining room/bar area, and no fire.

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V group - Italy
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Decadent tents, poor service

The setting of Mowani Mountain Camp is superb and the brochure looks fantastic. This is all the good we can say about it.
The tented accomodation we received after a long argument, since we had a booking for a luxury room, was decadent at best.
Don't trust the website or the brochure, the cool tent with outside view bathroom is nothing like what you'll actually get.
The tent doesn't close fully: a 10cm hole is always there, allowing animals to get inside the tent (we got a mice and his droppings on our bed, but you could also find a snake or something dangerous in the tent). The toilet and the shower are open on the room, just separated by a screening, no proper wall separation. They claim there's a difference between a "standard" and a "view" tent...but they are identical as far as we've seen, since we had one of each.

The service is really obtrusive: it feels like the staff is trying too hard to be fun at all cost - they would start chatting with you even if that means interrupting a conversation you were having with fellow travellers, and they keep pushing to sell you extras (beverages, activities). On the other hand when we actually needed some attention (the room we had booked wasn't available) we have been treated in a very rude and unprofessional way.

From an up-market lodge we would expect better facilities, a proper tented accommodation and a professional service. If we had to go back to Damaraland, we would blindly take a chance on any other place, but we would never stay here again.


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