Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp: Our full report

Rooms
12 rooms, 2 suites
Traveller's rating
Excellent (93%) From 97 reviews
Children
Best for 16+
Open
All year

Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between Namibia's Ugab and the Huab rivers, the smart Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the camps is nestled amongst large granite boulders and has superb views across gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

Mowani is a sister camp to the nearby Camp Kipwe, a simpler option which lies on the edge of the plains.

Mowani Camp has 15 rooms and suites, split into six different types: three ‘view’ rooms, four ‘superior view’ rooms, five ‘standard view’ rooms, a ‘luxury’ room and two different suites. All have canvas walls under thatched roofs, and en-suite facilities. The rooms are decorated in an African theme with soft furnishings in cheerful colours and carved wooden colonial-style furniture. Each has a private veranda where you can sit and take in the surroundings, as well as a tea and coffee station, a safe, and mosquito nets draped over the twin or king-size beds.

  • The four 'superior view' rooms, as the name suggests, are located on the perimeter of the camp and have some of the most breathtaking views of the Damara landscape.

  • The three 'view' rooms don't have quite the same spectacular vistas, but are built around the large rocks that make this place so unusual.

  • Five 'standard view' rooms are situated lower down, overlooking boulders.

  • The 'luxury' room has its own private deck looking out over the valley. The room has a dividing wall for added privacy, closing it off from the boma area. Due to its close proximity to the lodge’s main area, it is suited to those with limited mobility.

  • Mowani's mini suite is a spacious, thatched room with a double en-suite room, its own private air-conditioned lounge, a minibar (the minibar drinks are included in the room rate), laundry service and television with cable channels. This suite doesn't have the spectacular views of some of the rooms, but it is very comfortable and nicely decorated, with lots of wooden and wicker furniture.

  • The mountain suite is large, innovative and beautifully designed, with a superb vantage point, panoramic 360 degree views and an open-air 'bush' bathroom with a bath (as well as an indoor bath). There's an emphasis on privacy here, and dinner can be served on the balcony, making it a great choice for honeymooners. The suite also has its own comfortable lounge with a television with DSTV (cable channels) and minibar (again minibar drinks are included in the room rate). There’s also a laundry service available.
Mowani's main dining and lounge area are housed under two large, adjoining dome-thatched rondavels. Both are comfortable, relaxed and stylishly appointed, with a touch of formal elegance about the dining room at dinner. Just below is a small inviting pool and deck area built between the rocks, which also has a great view over the landscape.

The sundowner spot at Mowani has to be seen to be believed! We'll leave this surprise for you to discover, but suffice to say that cushions and chairs, as well as a drinks service, are provided. After the sun has set, you can join other guests for pre-dinner drinks by the campfire for a pre-dinner catch up.

Visitors who arrive in their own vehicles are free to use Mowani as a base for their own explorations, or join the camp's own guided activities for an extra cost. These include nature drives which can last between four to six hours, set out in search of desert-adapted elephants, as well as guided or self-guided walks, and excursions to the nearby famous rock art at Twyfelfontein, incorporating the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes. On our last stay in November 2016 we were lucky enough to see two different herds of elephants on our nature drive and enjoyed following the marked trail on a self guided walk - a nice change from sitting in a vehicle.

Our view

Mowani Mountain Camp's innovative, integrated design and comfortable rooms, along with its spectacular views, makes it a lovely base for a couple of nights in this area. Most visitors drive themselves here, giving them the flexibility to either drive around in their own vehicle, or be driven on a 4WD excursion by one of the camp's guides

Geographics

Location: Damaraland, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Mowani Mountain Camp is a 3km drive off the D2612, a turning off the C39, opposite the entrance to Camp Kipwe. The closest towns are Uis (130km to the south) and Khorixas (130km to the east). The nearest airstrip is at Twyfelfontein, approximately 15km from the camp. Windhoek is about 550km (5.5 hours' drive) away.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: Breakfast is a buffet consisting of cereals, freshly made bread, jams, fruit, yoghurt, fruit juices, tea and coffee. Hot breakfasts are made to order.

There is a set menu of light lunches, such as salads and sandwiches. Lunch packs can be provided; just ask for these the night before you are leaving.

Dinner is a delicious and varied four-course set menu, professionally served in the candlelit dining room. On our last stay we enjoyed a refreshing amuse bouche of chilled tomato and olive soup followed with a starter of bacon and mozzarella cups. For the main course there was a choice betweenn supreme of chicken with a parmesan crust or a sirloin steak with a mushrooms glaze. Both were served with mixed vegetables and were delicious. The meal was then rounded off with a superb lemon cheese cake.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: Only in the suites or if you choose to stay on a full board basis.

Further dining info: Room service is only available in the mountain suite where meals ca nbe taken in privacy on the suite's balcony.

Special interests

Honeymoons: Treat yourselves to a few nights in the superb suite at Mowani on your Namibia honeymoon. Its opulence, seclusion and stupendous views over the surrounding landscape are unbeatable. Keeping nature close but luxury and romance closer, this is a perfect honeymoon destination.

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Photography holidays: With its setting among smooth granite kopjies, landscape photographers will be in their element at Mowani. The views are spectacular, too, especially from the sundowner spot, which is stunning at all times, not just at sunset.

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Wildlife safaris: Mowani Mountain Camp offers guided nature drives into the dry river beds in this area. The game isn’t dense here, but you’ll probably see a good sprinkling of antelope and birds – and have a fairly good chance of spotting the area’s desert-adapted elephants, although you might have to drive quite a way to find them.

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Children

Attitude towards children: The lodge welcomes well-behaved children.

Property’s age restrictions: No age restriction

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Cots can be provided on request, and there are children’s tents for those aged nine years and older.

Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a backup generator in case of a power cut.

Communications: There is no internet here.

TV & radio: There are televisions with DSTV in both the Mountain suite and the mini suite

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: All the rooms and suites have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Khorixas, and some staff at the lodge are usually first-aid trained. In an emergency, patients would be flown to Windhoek.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Security guards are on duty at Mowani Mountain Camp overnight. A gate man ensures everyone is safely back in camp before locking the gate.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located in all rooms and suites.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge only for guests staying in one of the suites.

Money: No currency exchange possible.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Cash payments may be made in Namibian dollars and South African rand.

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