Reviews of Etendeka Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
110 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Etendeka Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A dream come true"
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." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Etendeka Mountain Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"We loved it!"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
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..." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Etendeka Mountain Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"One of our best camps"
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." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
"A great experience"
The tents worked well, our guide Bonny was great, we learned a lot on the activities we went on." See all these reviews: 21n in Namibia
"Pristine wilderness, great guiding, fun camp"
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!" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
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" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
(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..." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
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