Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

Excellent(96%) From 108 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 108 of our travellers who have visited Etendeka Mountain Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr J. from Warwick
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A magical spot

We loved Etendeka. Although the accommodation was more basic it sort of added to the experience as you really are out in the wilderness. The managers were a lovely friendly couple and excellent hosts. Our guide, Bonny, who has been at the camp for many years took us on all the excursions and was also excellent. We enjoyed the communal dining, sharing stories and experiences with our hosts and fellow guests over mealtimes added to the stay. The food was simple but very good

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Dr & Mrs C from W Sussex
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This was our least favourite camp, unfortunately. The long-standing managers were away and the attitude of the relief manager, particularly towards the staff, was embarrassing. And his opinions on religion over supper were most inappropriate.

It was an unhappy atmosphere, and it was reflected in the walk and game drive.

We had no problem with the relative simplicity of the accommodation, although some matting between the tent and the bathroom would help to avoid bring grit back into bed! We subsequently met the manager at Erongo who is to take over Etendeka later this year, and he empathised with our concerns

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Expert Africa comments

We have heard back from the owners of Etendeka and they are really very sorry about the experience of these guests at their camp and admitted that the timing was unfortunate as the normal manager was away and that two other senior members of staff were off sick. There were very surprised that this, very experienced, relief manager would discuss such things and were disappointed that this affected these guests' experience. We have long supported Etendeka and will continue to and appreciate that this is an unfortunate one-off, however we will keep a close eye on the situation.

B family from Weybridge
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This is a really unique place. 50,000 hectares of private reserve with this camp the only concession. It is an 1.5hr drive in by land rover but that is a game drive in itself.

The tents and communal areas are quite utilitarian but this is all part of the magic. The guided walk and game drive are great but the scary skies and the fact that we were only 4 out of the 20 tourists staying in this vast area made it really special.

All night we could zebras snorting and neighing around our tent and it was lovely to get up first thing and see them grazing happily close by.

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Mr & Mrs N from Queensland
Arrived on: 8-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Etendeka is special.

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Mr & Mrs W from Winchester
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Extremely rough 18km (1 hour 20 minutes) drive from car drop off point – but quite good fun.
Basic tent, 2 beds, 2 tables, but comfortable
Outside toilet and bucket shower, fun to throw bucket of water over shower occupant to rinse off!
Nice communal dinners – food basic and cooked over wood fires; good to talk to other guests.
Good excursions and good guide (Boas)- well organised and interesting guided walks.
Good to sit round a camp fire with sundowners and after dinner with one of Dennis’ brandies.
Great stargazing with Dennis, informative, particularly with his use of the telescopes. First time we’d seen the four large moons of Jupiter.
Really felt that you were in the remote wilderness, single point of habitation in a huge area, but good Wi-Fi!

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Mr & Mrs C from Cambridge
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

We were a bit concerned about including this in our itinerary - no need to have worried!

The camp is lovely - you really do get away from it all (although there is wifi access if you really feel the need to catch up on the outside world).

Owner is very friendly and ensures everyone has a good time.

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Mr K from Hexham
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Outstanding

very interesting ethos - all inclusive, no waterhole etc

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Mr K & Mrs N from UK
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Etendeka Mountain Camp surpassed our expectations. We were picked up on time at Palmwag Lodge by Boas who was to be our guide for the next two days. Drive in takes about an hour but depends on what you see, we saw giraffe, springbok, mountain zebra and jackals.

Etendeka is not a high density game area, you come here for the landscapes, night sky and being away in the wilderness. The owner, Dennis, was a great host and with his telescope educated us on the night sky.

Days here are filled with a morning walk after breakfast and a scenic game drive in the afternoon; on the walk we encountered springbok, mountain zebra and klipspringer. Numerous birds were spotted including Booted and Black Eagles.

The food was exceptional with main courses of oryx goulash and roast chicken during our stay (the chicken was exceptional!)

At night we could hear hyenas and lions vocalising in the surrounding area.

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Cambridge 4 from UK
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A dream come true

When we first started to plan our trip to Namibia, this was one place that we were determined to get to. We were not disappointed. At first glance it may appear & does have a certain simplicity, for us it was a unique experience.

Fabulous walks taken with guide Bonny, on earth liberally strewn with beautiful minerals & crystals hardly trodden by humans & vast open vistas, plus amazing night skies studied with our host Dennis. Three perfect days of tranquillity but always with plenty to do & enjoy.

Food & hosting was excellent, it's a very special place.

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Paul & Nicky from Keswick
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Etendeka is an absolute joy to visit; the camp is more authentic in all ways than the more modern camps. Here, you feel like you are truly in the wilderness, with more than enough luxury but not too much, and it’s run by the solid partnership of Denis and Bonny. The combination of these two absolute experts in this unique setting makes this a very special place indeed. If you just want lazy luxury, with people running around after your every need, then this is not the place for you. However, if you want an authentic African experience, then this is impossible to beat.

The guiding by Bonny, and especially his walks, were a pleasure. The food, often just simple but flavoursome Bush cooking, was outstanding. Denis was a pleasure to meet; an intelligent, quietly spoken man with a prolific knowledge of the area, including the beautiful starlit skies.

An unforgettably marvellous experience. Do not stay less than 2 days to enjoy this place at its best.

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