Mundulea Reserve

Reviews of Mundulea Reserve

Excellent(98%) From 46 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 46 of our travellers who have visited Mundulea Reserve, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms M & Mr N from Hagley
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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 else

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Mr J - family trip to Namibia
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous Mundulea

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.

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Mr & Mrs F from Hunton
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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!

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Mr & Mrs M. from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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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!)

Mr & Mrs F from Glastonbury
Arrived on: 15-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr M & Ms H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Another wonderful experience

As ever we had a wonderful few days with Bruno learning more about the whole ecosystem, and the progress of all Bruno's hard work trying to restore the area to what it had once been, before it was a cattle farm. We managed plenty of walking while Bruno taught us much about what we saw along the way. And although, as is the nature of these things, you are not guaranteed to have game sightings, we drew the lucky straw on this occasion and saw plenty. Including an eland calf just a few days old. Whilst we were there on one afternoon and evening we listened to and watched a lightning storm, which brought with it some early rain which was torrential and which lasted several hours.

The food was excellent (Soya Milk was provided) and much time was enjoyed in the evening round the fire & dinner table discussing Bruno's plans for Mundulea and learning more about Namibian life and the country.

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Mr M & Mrs S - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

We spent three night here at the end of our Namibian trip and had a marvellous time. Bruno is an impressive and entertaining interpreter of the landscape and wildlife - and not as restricted in walking as he ought to have been given that he had broken a bone in his foot days before we arrived.

After a lot of driving and viewing big game earlier in our trip, it was good to get more walking and to focus on the smaller birds, animals, plant life and landscape in a setting which is changing so significantly as part of Bruno's 're-wilding' process.

The camp itself is fun - with leadwood {baboon proof} furniture and an incredible array of recycled equipment in the open kitchen and boma. The lively and educational conversations over dinner and around the fire were as good as the walks and helped make the stay memorable.

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Mr and Mrs W from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

A great experience and very special place to stay.
No luxuries but we didn't expect them however the beds were comfy and the ensuite, fitted with animal skulls and a turtle shell for a soap dish was great.
Food was some of the best we had with Bruno and Tommy creating miracles with a camp fire.
We were so lucky that no other people had booked while we were there so had Bruno all to our selves. His knowledge and enthusiasm is unrivalled and for anyone interested in the whole ecology of Namibia and not just the 'big five' it is a wonderful, educational three days.
Need to be hardy as five hours walking in the heat during the morning was quite tough but it was worth it. The evening walk of two or three hours was easier though avoiding the acacia trees was a full time event!

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Mr & Mrs H - Cardiff
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

What a very different experience from anything else we have done in Southern Africa before, but an amazing few days amidst an extraordinary project to create a reserve as it would have been before it had been farmed.

Bruno's knowledge is second to none - breakfast, lunch and dinner time was a feast of simple but delicious food as well as an opportunity to hear more of the story of Mundulea, as well as understanding so much more about conservation, poaching and other subjects relevant to Namibia and it's neighbours.

Not for the faint hearted given all the walking in the bush and essential to take good walking shoes or boots, but so rewarding for the effort that goes in,

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Mr R & Mrs E - anniversary and birthday trip
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mundulea Reserve review

It was a real treat to spend time in the bush with Bruno. When we arrived we were whisked off to observe the rescue, tagging and release of a very rare pangolin, an animal we would never otherwise have seen. This was followed by 3 nights in bush camp with Bruno and Tommy (who looked after the camp and cooking), walking and learning about anything and everything to do with Namibia. Although we did not see many animals while walking, there were many tracks and traces.

Bruno's knowledge of plants, animals, geology and politics is exemplary and he takes obvious pleasure in sharing this.

The only slight criticism is that the walks sometimes seemed to be rather lacking in objective. The vegetation at this time of year can be rather uninspiring. Perhaps a little more discussion and briefing before each walk might have helped.

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