Reviews of Mundulea Reserve
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Walking with Bruno
This was very different to all our other accommodation on the trip as it is a basic bush camp with open-fire kitchen. It is a walking camp run and guided by the owner Bruno. Stayed three nights during which time we were the only guests in the camp with him and his helper Tommy. From the moment we arrived we did not get in a vehicle until the day we left. This is all about the reserve Bruno has set up for endangered species and his encyclopaedic knowledge. He was the most informative and knowledgeable guide of the trip. The weather was unseasonably hot which led to some steamy bush walks as the sun rose in the sky. There are hides by the tents which are rewarding. Best of all was a full early morning walk to a large water hole attracting all manner of visitors. Despite the basic facilities the vegetarian food was better than most of the other camps. It is an intensely personal experience and it is a privilege to share in Bruno's vision.Read more about the whole safari
Grand and Unique Camp in Noble Simplicity
To anyone who longs to fill a trip to Southern Africa with true substance and depth I would say; do not hesitate, go to Mundulea. We had seen some of that greatness the country has to offer to visitors and we were already happy with that when we arrived to Mundulea and our expectations were high but there were only pleasant surprises. With Bruno’s passionate and guidance we could observe and steadily absorb our surrounding, which is nothing less than a visionary man’s grand and unique project to return the former farmland to the indigenous wildlife and vegetation.
The facts, the tales, the myths and history of the rocks, the mountains and deep caves, the flora and fauna of the area were looked at from every possible angle and only the guests interests decided how deeply any subject came to be explored. Engaging conversations by the camp fire and at dinner were thoroughly enjoyable as we moved from earliest geological time through human history to today’s problems and hopes.
We could fill pages with praise but suffice to say we left the camp happier and wiser.
As for lodging; True bush camp is designed with simplicity and recycling as guidelines but also with excellent taste. Very comfortable and practical, everything you need is there and you are very well protected from any sorts of potentially dangerous creatures while resting.
Meals are mostly from locally produced or home made ingredients and skillfully prepared on the open fire which adds to the unique ‘Experience Mundulea’. Especially appreciated were the freshly baked delicious bread and the big bowl of salad for lunch- exactly what one wants on a hot day. Dinners; varied, well prepared and tasty, game or bird or vegetarian. Even the water from their own spring has a remarkably good flavour .
Mundulea Reserve review
Wow - what a great experience to be able to enjoy such a great location. It felt remote but then it was.
Small and intimate with fantastically knowledgeable people running the operation. It was fantastic to be able to get out of the vehicle and walk around with our guides whose knowledge was invaluable.
The food was good camp food - plain but delicious. The accommodation was perfectly comfortable but more basic than others.
Wonderful bush camp - the real thing!
We had a really wonderful time at Mundulea. It was excellent being able to have informed in-depth discussions with Bruno about animals, birds and conservation. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss current Namibian politics and progress. Bruno's leg was broken and so his son Ky took us on guided walks - Ky was excellent. Really well informed and knowledgable and very personable.
We really appreciated Bruno's decision to take us out one evening to a place where he does not usually take guest. An amazing evening - a real privilege. While at Mundulea we saw lots of animals and birds, really benefitting from Bruno's unrivalled knowledge. Watching the animals in the evening was entrancing - not dramatic big 5 but the whole spectrum of wildlife coming to the waterhole near the camp. The walks were lovely and very instructive. John's bad knee was effortlessly accommodated in the schedule. The food, method of killing and cooking, was terrific - best eland I will ever taste, killed with bow and arrow and cooked over open fire.
Brilliant for walkers and outdoor people
Perhaps we were spoilt as we were the only 2 guests there for the whole four days. Bruno had a broken leg so his son Cai was our guide.
Fortunately Bruno and Cai's idea of heaven was just to be out walking in the bush which matched ours exactly. The occasional game sighting and talk on the flora and fauna added to the walking. I think because we were so at one with Bruno we were privileged to be taken to see some of his prized game one night, while our supper simmered away at camp.
Talking of food it was good camp tucker and went down well.
This is not a luxury game lodge with game drives. More an exclusive part of Namibia for who want to experience Africa and walk the bush with an agreeable and knowledgeable host.
Good experience but three days was too long
Knowledge of Bruno and Kai undoubtedly in a different league - the camp was well set up - the walks were a too much the same, which was probably related to the terrain than anything elseRead more about the whole safari
Loved this place, we were the only people staying here and it was heavenly. Walking instead of being in a jeep.
The incredibly knowledgeable Bruno walked us around spotting tracks and animals. Morning walk followed by great lunch, another afternoon walk so quite energetic. Great feel for the surroundings. Camp perfect, hot shower, hot water bottles.
Watched animals at the waterhole in a hide for ages, it was a privilege to be here. Good meals too, supper punctuated by Tommy the porcupine making an entrance.
It just got better!
A truly special and unique place. Clearly reflecting the character and interests of its creator the camp was full of fascinating improvisation from the fire extinguisher bread oven (We want one!) to the lead wood baboon proof chairs!
We learnt so much and it was an absolute delight and privilege to share for a brief while Bruno's interests and experience. Is there anyone in Africa he doesn't know? From guides we had in Zambia five years ago, to canoeists in Swakopmund, to someone I last met in Swaziland 49 years ago! A slightly less luxurious camp than some of the true glamping affairs but perfectly thought through to provide a very comfortable stay.
Probably the best food we had in a trip full of fabulous meals - thank you Tommy (and Tommy 2 for the campfire entertainment)!
One small word of warning - it was the only place where it was really quite cold at nights (being slightly higher than elsewhere). Be prepared and have a magical time!
A unique experience
It was a real privilege to be able to stay here. For those who are interested in or already know something about ecology, geology and/or natural systems, a visit to Mundulea is wonderful. It is an opportunity to see a unique attempt to restore an ecological system, and to discuss the processes and interactions both large and small. We valued the opportunity to learn from Bruno, whose mix of knowledge and experience makes for very interesting discussions on a range of topics, not just on the things we could see around us. Mundulea would not be everybody's cup of tea - for example, whilst Mundulea is perfectly comfortable, for the money it would be possible to have a more luxurious or opulent stay in a lodge or hotel elsewhere.
The tents we stayed in were comfortable and we liked that the fixtures and fittings had been ingeniously made from recycled materials. The tent and outdoor bathrooms did get extremely cold (it was unusually cold when we were visiting - well below freezing - but it is a fairly good bet that it will get cold here and other places at night at this time of year) - hot water bottles were provided but still visitors should ensure they pack thermals for evenings and nights. We were colder here than anywhere else. The food we were served was really tasty and all the more impressive because we could see how it was being ingeniously cooked over one fire.
We visited Mundulea early in our trip, which meant that we hadn't seen much of the wild plants or animals that we would have had we already visited Etosha or other areas. However, Bruno did a good job of not making us feel too ignorant (well.. most of the time!). The way he challenged us to interpret what we found on our walks was really stimulating, it's a really good way to learn. Although we did see lots of interesting 'big' animals, it was nice to be able to discuss and explore less obvious but equally interesting flora and fauna. We also had quite a lot interesting discussions about geology, reflecting our interests.
Compared to other places we fount it refreshing to be able to walk and explore, rather than sitting in a car or following a prescribed route (as was necessary for other places we visited in central - north Namibia).
The private road within the reserve up to the farm house was a little rough with some vegetation between the wheel tracks which was a little too much for our Toyota Corolla hire car. Indeed, when leaving the reserve we damaged the undercarriage of our car despite driving at close to a snails pace. We would recommend to prospective guests at Mundulea that a standard saloon car is not suitable to access the reserve.
Expert Africa comments
Bruno and Kate acted swiftly on this feedback. They made it a priority to grade the road and hope it will present no further problems to drivers of small cars. However they do comments that it is a road through the bush, and thus rocks or branches can get knocked onto it or dragged across it by animals. They still feel that guests can safely drive in small cars (and do) but they need to drive slowly and carefully not only because of crossing game, but also because there are often slower animals on the road (tortoises, porcupines, monitor lizards, and dozy guinea fowl/francolins which don't seem to feel the need to move over!)
The place for real walking in the bush
This camp is very different and exciting. Location is magical: a proper camp set right in the bush. No contact with the outside world except satellite phone.
Walking only guided by Bruno who has a huge amount of knowledge of the surroundings and wildlife. Cooking is over an open fire. Tents have solar powered lighting and an open shower-hot water in the evening and luke warm in the morning.
The "basic" feel about this accommodation may not suit everyone but for us this was a wonderful experience which we will remember with great affection forever. The combination of walking, being actually in the bush, excellent guiding and the waterholes were fantastic.
One suggestion: we think it would be a good idea to have a charging point if that were possible.