Etendeka Mountain Camp

Reviews of Etendeka Mountain Camp

Excellent(96%) From 110 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 110 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 C B & family from UK
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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

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Mr & Mrs J from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This is such a special experience in a wonderful location with wonderful staff.

Dennis and Bonnie were the most fantastic hosts and we felt privileged to have been able to experience such a unique place with them. Everything was vey well planned, stunning lodge and lovely rooms overlooking Damaraland, all the food was beautifully prepared and vegetarians well catered for. The morning guided walk and evening game drive were very interesting.

This camp was fantastic - what more can one say.

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Mr A & Dr H from Berks
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

This was our favourite place of the whole trip. Dennis and his wife are wonderful hosts and we really enjoyed their company.

Although the camp was full and we all ate at the same long table, we felt like privileged guests enjoying the undivided attention of our hosts. The communal dining sessions helped us to get to know other guests, many of whom we bumped into at other destinations forming a community of Etendeka "graduates" who were keen to find out where we had been and what we had seen since leaving the camp.

Dennis has lived in the area for many years and we enjoyed hearing about the environment, wildlife, local people and their often conflicting needs. The guided walks and sundowner drives helped us to enjoy the fauna, flora and rugged landscape. Most of the wildlife was nervous and it was not possible to get too close but, even so, we saw a lot, including desert elephants on our drive in to the camp on the first evening.

The tents were comfortable, although some people might not be happy about having to leave the tent to go to the toilet or shower. The outdoor bucket shower helped create an impression of rustic camping even if the illusion was spoilt by the presence of solar heated hot water and comfortable accomodation.

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Mr & Mrs C from E Sussex
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp is splendid

Another amazing place, this time in the middle of nowhere - it is hard to imagine anywhere much further away from "civilisation". The drive in is an experience in itself - good wild life, great scenery.

Dennis set up his telescope and let all visitors see Saturn, rings, moon and all - small but much more exciting than seeing it on TV.

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Mr R & Mrs E from Bucks
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic wilderness camp at Etendeka

This was a two night stay to permit a bush walk and game drive. Boni and Denis were very friendly and knowledgeable and the landscape fascinating. We saw a lot of game - mountain zebra, giraffes and were very lucky to see a group of desert adapted elephants with young.

We also had an astronomy lesson and looked at the stars through Denis's telescope

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Mr D & Mrs J from Dudley
Arrived on: 4-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

Bonnie the guide was excellent.

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Kathryn from UK
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Exciting Etendeka

The walk and the rides with Boni were absolutely wonderful: he knows about all manner of things. In the evening Dennis joined us for meals and we were able to look at the stars through his telescope.

A wild and beautiful camp - loved the bucket shower!

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Dr M & Mrs S from UK
Arrived on: 27-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka

Excellent plus for all categories. We loved it here. Absolutely fascinating.

Dennis and his colleagues were so knowledgable and hospitable. Again, we enjoyed eating with everyone together. Wonderful scenery, wildlife . Wonderful morning walk and evening game drive. We could happily have stayed longer. We loved the way the camp was set up. Food was excellent.

Our favourite place.

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Mr D & Ms T from Ontario
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Etendeka Mountain Camp review

superlative experience.

Dennis and Bonnie were great. atmosphere phantasmagoric since our relatively unimportant (human)role in the complex interplay of Nature was highlighted. tents were comfortable; food was great.

We were fortunate since we all got along so well. Could be different if factor in incompatible personalities. Would definitely return.

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Mr G & Ms W from London
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favorite in Namibia

This was our favourite accomodation. And it all came down to Dennis and Bonnie.

How can Dennis, after almost two decades of owning/managing Etendeka, be so gracious, warm and friendly, is beyond me. And Bonnie’s passion for the area, coupled with his extensive knowledge (geology; ecology; wildlife – you name it, he knows about it), made him the best guide we had. He is a real asset to Etendeka.

Visitors to Namibia should stay here for the isolation; beauty and quiet. Spotting wildlife is secondary and frankly almost a distraction from the sheer exquisiteness of the location. Food is excellent, the staff friendly, the rooms comfortable. I challenge anyone to stay in a more interesting and personal lodge.

The only one recommendation I would make to Dennis is that if other guests are 'late' for the pick-up, then the guests that have made the effort to be on-time, should not have to 'pay the price'. Five of us waited for 90 minutes for the last two guests to show up. We were all desperate to get to Etendeka as we had heard such great things about the camp. I can completely understand why Dennis would not want to make two trips. However, he might wish to charge a fee for those guests that don't make the rendezvous on time in order to cover his costs for two trips. It seems unfair for those that made the effort to be punctual that they are 'penalised' rather than the tardy guests.

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