Reviews of Mundulea Reserve
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mundulea is a private reserve where the owner, Bruno, is looking to restore the environment to its pre-cattle farming state. This is not a short-term project as over-grazing has caused significant bush-encroachment. But Bruno is very dedicated to the cause, which is well worth supporting - not least because this sort of private project may ultimately (and sadly) prove to be the best hope for Africa's megafauna in particular in the medium- to long-term.
Bruno himself is a true (latter-day) 'renaissance man'. Sculptor, film-maker, photographer, birding guide and bush expert, he has a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics and is genuinely curious about many others. Over the four nights we were there our conversaations ranged across, inter alia, the origins of multi-cell life (based on local fossiles), the eating habits of porcupines (more complex than you might think), the genetics of the zebra (and kite) family, undoing the damage of over-intensive farming, local politics, the Chinese in Africa, and human dietary issues.
Mundulea is a true bushcamp. But the accommodation is very comfortable - and we commend in particular the shower which is as good as any we have found on our numerous trips to Africa. Much of the fittings have been made by Bruno and his team from locally available materials (including scrap metal from the area's farming days). Bruno produces amazingly good meals on an open fire, which would do credit to many a modern kitchen.
The waterhole right outside the camp attracts a good range of mammals day and night and, although we were a few weeks early for the peak period, we also saw a wide range of birds.
Best of all, no trucks! Mundulea is all about walking and we enjoyed some excellent rambles through the bush morning and evening.
In short, highly recommended.
Mundulea Reserve review
Brilliant as ever. Our time with Bruno was amazing. We would like to find a way of helping Bruno with his work there and spoke to him about it.
We would like to talk to Chris about it sometime.
Bruno and Kai took excellent care of us.
The children really enjoyed the trip and was fully engaged in the things Bruno explained to them. The food was great, I think they were surprised how much we (including the kids) can eat.
A wild reservation in a remote area
A very authentic camp with the tents placed within a bomba. We were the only guests at the time and enjoyed our numerous walks and conversations with Bruno Hebe, the owner who is a most interesting guide.
The amenities were very basic - much like living in the bush - but a wonderful experience. Walking was the only activity.
Outstanding and Inspirational
Spent 3 nights here, and could have spent longer.
It was fascinating and learned so much from Bruno about the bio diversity on Mundulea and surrounding area. Bruno is an excellent host and a first class guide. A wonderful insight into Namibia.
Would love to go back and see how Bruno's vision develops.
long walks in the bush ;)
Not sure how much lea way Bruno gives to those who are less fit or used to the heat than he is! Just about managed to keep up, but certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Bruno is an extremely knowledgeable guide and we had a lovely 3 days here (even though the animals were all hiding!). Would defiinitely return, but maybe after some training or at the end of the trip when we had acclimatised to the heat
I could be critical but nature controls the viewing not the people. We had three quite difficult days and the experience fell short of our expectations. On the positive side you have the opportunity to spend time with one of the best guides in Africa and gain a detailed understanding of the bush and how it works.
On the downside this is a farm (well 4 actually) that has over 2,000 animals and i can confirm they are there as you see them as you drive in and there are dozens of tracks and more poo than you can shake a stick at, but on the walks the chances of seeing anything away from a waterhole seem to be very low.
Bruno is keen to keep the animals wild (good) but this means they are not comfortable with people on foot and very skittish near the waterholes. If you love to walk (we do) this is great but 6 hours at 30+ degrees is tough, if you want to photograph animals or at least see them (we do) this is probably not a great place to start.
Overall it is a wonderful experience but the advertising and the hype are not quite what you get - or were we just very unfortunate.
Expert Africa comments
We were really sorry to read that this experienced traveller did not enjoy Mundulea. Prior to arriving, he spent six nights game-viewing in Etosha National Park. This could normally be relied upon for lots of great wildlife sightings and large volumes of game, but extensive bush fires and ill-timed road works both detracted from this experience.
By contrast, Mundulea doesnt have dense game or animals that are particularly relaxed near people, and so we never expect great wildlife sightings here. Bruno is passionate about keeping the wildlife at Mundulea wild commenting that its distrust of humans has stood it in good stead through many centuries of hunting. So Munduleas experience is much more about learning about the finer workings of the bush on foot, whilst treating wildlife sightings as a bonus.
So whilst Mundulea usually complements Etosha very well in an itinerary. However, in this case it clearly didnt work at all well, as game viewing was very sparse both in Etosha and here.
Mundulea Reserve review
An excellent bush experience, but if you're looking for easy spotted game this is not the place.Read more about the whole safari
An unforgettable experience
Previous guests have expounded on the wonders of Mundulea, and we can only add our admiration for what Bruno is succeeding in doing on this vast reserve.
Yes, the tents are simple, but not basic, the beds are very comfortable, the night-sky view from the loo extraordinary, and the wake up calls of the francolins and the babblers something to be experienced. We even had a leopard calling metres from our tent in the night. Bruno's home cooking was the best food we had on the whole trip (and that is saying something). We were the only guests so we had two days of gentle trailing with Bruno and his son, during which we learnt so much about the animals, plants and the exceptional geology of the area, not to mention history and politics! Like many other guests, we have become "poo" experts and we now have to find a use for all our knowledge in rural Sussex!
This is a true bush-camp but with enough of the creature-comforts to make it a wonderful experience for all ages. We could not recommend it too highly.
A great bush-camp
One could not hope for a better or more well-informed guide than Bruno. We were the only guests so everything was catered to our interests. We had a dramatic first night with violent thunderstorms which made the outdoor dining and bathroom experiences ones to remember.
Everything was provided by Bruno and Tommy, Bruno cooking over a fire after a full day out with us walking which was no mean feat. We learned a lot and had close sightings of a variety of animals, some very close to camp. The access road was difficult after prolonged rainfall, maybe at some point it will have to be addressed.
A welcome experience and a change from luxurious lodges, an adventure really.