Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp
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Unique wilderness camp opportunity
If you can possibly fit Etendeka into your schedule, do so, because it is a unique opportunity to stay in a wilderness camp with a host, Dennis, who is legendary in having helped develop the whole wildlife conservancy concept that so much of Namibia's tourism is based on.
The terrain to reach Etendeka is so rough that they come to collect you in their own 4x4 from a point a couple of hours from the camp. Once there you will sleep in a comfortable tent with an attached outside toilet and shower - more than adequate. The sensation of standing on a mountain top next morning and realising that however far you look in any direction, there is no other habitation, is what Etendeka is all about.
An en-expected bonus is that due to the lack of light pollution, the opportunity for star gazing is exceptional, and Dennis will be delighted to demonstrate his very sophisticated telescope.
Plenty of wildlife, but the solitude is the primary attraction here.
Etendeka Mountain Camp review
A very different place - definitely not luxury but it was fun.
The communal nature worked well - everybody eats at a communal table and does the same activities together (walk in the morning and drive in the afternoon). It is a stunning beautiful and remote setting.
Fantastic getaway at Etendeka Mountain Camp
Damaraland is enchanting and Etendeka has a great atmosphere - we highly recommend this to those who are happy to put luxury to one side to experience this beautiful place.
The 4WD drive in from Palmweg is stunning and is a game drive in itself. The double tents have stunning views, spotless outside toilet and the famous drop bucket showers. Everyone eats together and so this was good chance to meet other travellers, some of whom we bumped into later at other locations. Our teenagers were pleased to meet other kids of a similar age.
The owner Dennis and our guide Bonny made us feel were in a special place. Dennis has a telescope and encouraged us all to look and understand the Southern Sky. Over dinner Dennis was happy to share his views on the Namibian environment and to discuss related political issues.
We highly recommend visiting Etendeka Mountain Camp and we wished we had more time to walk in this area.
Wonderfully remote and close to nature
We loved the location, far from the nearest road and set deep in the real countryside.
A very pleasing lack of pretension in the accommodation, food and service. It felt very comfortable and in many ways a more authentic experience than the more luxurious lodges.
Great experience at Etendeka
Really fun place to stay in a wonderful setting. Great opportunity to walk and appreciate the landscape on foot in the morning and from from the vehicle in the afternoon.
Mike, the interim manager, was good company and particularly informative about the night sky. He also organised an excellent picnic lunch on the day we left. Apart from the stars, the highlights were Freddie, the black rhino and the drive up to the plateau with great views and impressive crystals on the ground.
Very comfortable tents with attached shower/toilet bock and excellent camp chairs to relax in outside. A great experience and apart from everything else we met some interesting people, with interaction encouraged by the communal dining.
Remote camping at its best
Amazing service for such a remote location.
Accommodation very well designed, with particularly entertaining showers! Very knowledgeable guides led us to see more variety of wildlife than we saw anywhere. Food good, including plenty of salads and fresh vegetables - don't know how they manage that in such a remote spot.
Enjoyed getting away from it all at Etendeka, and our hosts, Dennis and his guides, where great company.
Etendeka mountain Camp
Had a wonderful time here. Dennis and Bonnie make a great team and we learnt alot from them.
Guiding very good saw 9 young lions lying in the grass ,a treat indeed.
Etendeka a fabulous stay in the wilds
Loved everything - the journey in and out of the camp, our simple but effective accommodation, the food - which included two of the best puddings of the holiday, the general atmosphere and of course the guides.
The walk with Bonnie was interesting, but constrained by others on the walk. The location and scenery would take some beating. What a place!
Etendeka Mountain Camp review
The one error on our itinerary was that the pick up point for Entendeka is now at Palmwag Lodge not as given in our notes.
However, the camp and staff were superb. Dennis was an excellent host and Bonny an excellent guide with his knowledge of the local area. All the staff were excellent as was the food. Dennis has a telescope set up and we twice had the opportunity to share his knowledge of the night sky. The guided walks were very good with the fascinating geology of the area and evidence of wildlife.
On the game drives we saw elephants (distant), lions (closer), as well several giraffes and lots of mountain zebras and various antelopes.
Expert Africa comments
We apologised for the mistake in our description of Etendeka Camp's pick up point. This feedback prompted us to swiftly check on the changed location, and to update our notes for future travellers.
Beautiful experience at Etendeka
This was the highlight of the trip.
On the way to the camp we saw loads of animals which gave us a taste of what was to come.
The staff were so helpful and friendly, the atmosphere relaxed. Dennis the host gave a stargazing session at evening meal. Brilliant.
Bonnie the guide was superb: knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He took us on the most fascinating morning hill walk, stopping all the way to explain flora and fauna a geology. Then a truck safari in the afternoon.
We loved our tents with the outdoor bucket shower. We got woken up in the morning by a herd of zebra outside the flap. Magic!
Meals delicious................ Overall an unbelievable experience