Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

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Below are independent comments from 99 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.
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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Mr & Mrs K - New Forest
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We loved it!

Such a good experience in a wonderful isolated setting.

Great hospitality from Dennis and great guiding from Bonny.

Going on a long walk after all the driving - and learning so much along the way - was just what we needed.

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Family H & L - Berkshire
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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windy!

Shana was there - not the owner and sent her best wishes to Marusha and congrats on your new addition. She rates Expert Africa very highly - said "you run a tight ship".

It was fun - and an experience.

The walk was boring - and early - but all entertained by the guide spitting oryx poo.

The drive in the evening was great and the sundowners.......made it great. Saw lots of animals, guide was engaged and informative.

Place was extremely windy - which made the bucket shower horrendous! Food nice, people very friendly...

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Vivonholiday
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This was a change from usual accommodation/ - much more basic in every way but this felt appropriate to the location and we thoroughly enjoyed it

The personal attentiveness of host Dennis could not be faulted - his experiences and knowledge were fascinating and the astronomy lesson an unexpected bonus.

Personally I feel inspired to take up night classes now / I will never forget viewing Saturn and mars through his high powered telescope.

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Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 30-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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One of our best camps

Etendeka was for us a "must do" (again) experience. It is set in the extraordinary Etendeka conservancy, which is itself a triumph of Namibian trendsetting, combining the interests of the Damaraland local community with those of tourism, often a difficult marriage. Etendeka is intimately connected with its inspirational proprietor, Dennis Liebenberg, who helped successfully pioneer this joint approach more than 20 years ago. But Bonnie is an equally inspirational co-host and guide.

We spent 2 nights there which is probably about right although a third night would not have been a hardship posting. Activities include both game drives (including the arrival and departure as the roads are not accessible to "ordinary" vehicles so one is collected from Palmvag Lodge, itself an atmospheric and historic camp) and guided walks, with Bonnie during our stay. We did see game, kudu, giraffe, etc. but the landscape is the main reason to visit.

Food was homespun but delicious, the camp fire attractive, and Dennis's star-gazing talk very informative.. Tents are relatively simple but very comfortable, complete with outside showers, and uninterrupted views of the mountains.

We couldn't recommend Etendeka more highly, bags of character, real intensity and commitment.

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Mrs B. from Gabriola Island, Canada
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great experience

The pick up went smoothly altho delayed by the lateness of other people arriving.

The tents worked well, our guide Bonny was great, we learned a lot on the activities we went on.

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Mr K & Mrs J and Mr J & Mrs R - Scotland
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Pristine wilderness, great guiding, fun camp

This was a really outstanding visit despite getting maybe 20% of the annual rainfall in the two days we were there, with associated cloud etc. One evening drive was a washout.

Tents are straightforward (but totally adequate). Loved the shower bucket. Food was very good (but straightforward). Denis is a splendid host, and we much enjoyed his company.

Our guide (Boaz) was both modest and first class. We clocked up 23 different birds and 11 different mammals. Day one is on foot and day two we went up the escarpment, which is an interesting contrast.

The setting is extreme. Pristine and starkly very beautiful. The camp area is as clean as a whistle: every item of rubbish is driven out, so there's no scavengers.

Game viewing, because there are no fences and the game is wholly wild, is all long range, but because of that in setting. There are rhinos but very few are left and one wonders for how long. We didn't see any, or elephant either, but there was so much water around they had all Namibia to wander around in. We heard lion and saw fresh evidence of leopard.

I would like to go back when the weather is better.

Allow some time to enjoy Palmwag before setting off up to Etendeka. It's a contrast!

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Mr J. from BIggar
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Most interesting

Interesting to learn about the place from Dennis.

We liked the fact that it was totally wild - in contrast to Ongave, Mundulea and Okonjima which were all fenced in and most of the animals had originally been purchased.

It would have been helpful to have seen a map of the area showing the boundaries, mountains etc

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Miss A. from Okehampton
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Etendenka adventure

We had a very interesting time- starting with a thunderstorm that flooded the lodge! It was all hands to get the furniture off the floor- most of it ended up on the bar. Everyone was thrilled by the rain after years of drought, and the 'instant' waterfall on the river behind the camp provided quite a spectacle. We liked the simplicity of the camp, providing a nice contrast to the luxury of Hoanib. We had two great walks - especially the extraordinary 'crystal' walk up on the plateau with the excellent guide,Bobby, which I gather not everyone is allowed to do!?
(WHY?) A real paradise for geologists... something to look at with every step!

The evening drives were a tad long- a bit repetitive.

Dennis a very interesting person- we enjoyed talking to him. Relief manager, Shireen, was very competent and paid a lot of attention to visitors requirements with some very thoughtful touches.. such as a beautifully illustrated recipe for Elias's excellent goulash, which we requested! The chef, Elias, obviously a treasure, provided impressive dinners every night complete with irresistible puddings.

We loved it, but perhaps two days would have been preferable...


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Mrs M. from Egham
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Personal service at Etendeka

We felt very looked after here, Dennis is a very attentive and a more than helpful host who makes you feel like one big family round the dining table in the evening. Very relaxed, but very well run.

The food is very good and included roast dinners, apple crumbles and lots of vegetables. The tents are very comfortable and it was nice to have a quick swim at the end of the day. The guides on walking activities and also the game drives are brilliant. They are so knowledgable and really wanted to impart what they knew as well as having eyes like a hawk to spot wildlife from miles away!

Some great drives around the conservancy, plus you get to have a game drive on the way up from and then back to your car.

Liked this place very much.

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