Mowani Mountain Camp

Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp

Excellent(93%) From 84 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Terrible
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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.
Ms T & Mr B - France
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
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Food:
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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
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Poor
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Service:
Poor
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Food:
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Activities:
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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
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Terrible
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Food:
Average
Average
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Poor
Poor

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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Dr K - Cheshire
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Excellent all round. Very friendly - lovely staff. Amazing views. Excellent food.

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Mr A & Mrs L - Norfolk
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Really, Really Good

Set high overlooking stunning Damaraland scenery, Mowani was a great favourite. We had a deluxe room rather than a view tent and it was extremely good apart from the poorest shower of the trip. It was impossible to get a consistent temperature and the water hit you like needles..

Because of it's close proximity to the public areas we feared noise but it's not that sort of place and there was never the slightest problem. Views from the room deck, restaurant and particularly the sundowner spot (very memorable) are spectacular.

Service and food excellent. Drives to see the desert adapted elephants and Twyfelfontein rock engravings recommended. Twyfelfontein would be very easy to do yourself as it's close-by and there are guides available.

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Mowani Mountain Camp review

Mowani has a stunning location and had been highly recommended by friends who had visited several years ago. Everywhere we went in Namibia , the staff were great and we felt that Mowani's were probably the best we encountered, so praise indeed.

Somehow, it didn't quite fulfil expectations and was probably the only place that disappointed in any way. Our luxury room was a good size, well furnished and had great views but the shower was erratic (too hot or too cold) and the bathroom did not deserve the luxury designation - tired, stained plumbing and fittings, cracked shower waste.

Quality of food ingredients was high, but vegetables at dinner dull (plain boiled everything) and usually cold.

The camp has recently had a new manager who perhaps has not yet had chance to make his mark - it feels to us that this place is trading on its reputation. We would hesitate to recommend it on this showing - it's excellent in some things and distinctly below average in others.

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Mr & Mrs E - Coulsdon
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Art and elephants at Mowani Mountain Camp

This lodge has the most spectacular setting in the hills with enormous boulders scattered around as though giants had been playing bowls/marbles/petanque!

The staff here were rather more formal than at Kulala Desert Lodge but nevertheless very friendly and efficient.

The food here was quite sophisticated and really delicious. The oryx was particularly good and cooked to perfection.

Our guide, Athan, was very informative on all aspects including not only the wild life but also on the rock art. He found the desert elephants for us - a group of 8 including two youngsters. Just stunning.

While the shower was a little temperamental this was just a minor point in an otherwise great visit.

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Mr & Mrs B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 22-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Activities:
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Excellent tented accommodation. Ask for an outside bath and shower with view!

Great setting amongst the boulders, and good location from which to visit the rock engravings.

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Poor
Poor
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Activities:
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Disappointment at Mowani Mountain Camp

We had high expectations of this camp but without wishing to moan were for some reason treated as second class citizens, something we have never found anywhere in ten years of travelling to Africa.

At sundowners we were first to order our drinks but not to receive them, at dinner we were first into the dining room and last to be served and at breakfast were first in again as we had a long journey ahead of us but were served after a party of 5 on a fly-in safari. To add insult to injury on our way out down the road we were even asked to push their vehicle which had a flat battery!!

On arrival we'd asked to be upgraded to a view tent if one had become available. We believe one was available on the second night but it appeared to be too much trouble for them to offer to move us. Our bed was thrown together on the second morning and our towels were not even changed.

A big expensive disappointment which we shall not repeat. It was almost laughable had it not been so embarrassing.

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Ms. H & Mr. D - Oldham
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Literally a great hidaway

We loved this place. The lounge and dinning areas were fabulous and not just because of the magnificent views. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and knowledgable and the toilets were pretty cool too!! The sundowner spot was one of the best not just because of the great vantage point but also because of the well prepared/served drinks and canapes.

We loved our 'tent' and enjoyed sleeping with the canvas open to the wilderness of our front garden!

A great place to stay. One we will be returning to. We even, with the help of some locals, found the huge sink hole known as Wondergat - we were thrilled.

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