Mowani Mountain Camp

Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp

Excellent(93%) From 126 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 126 of our travellers who have visited Mowani Mountain Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Rosie (guide) and Ruben (manager) were superb and went beyond expectations. Situation is just wonderful and there appears to be consistent good sightings, up close, of the desert elephants.

Food for vegetarians was very poor. Unimaginative and badly served.

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Mr & Mrs D from Sussex
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautifully situated Lodge

Mowani Mountain Camp didn't quite have the cultural vibes of Doro! Nawas but it had great views. It also had a very pretty small swimming pool built into the cliffs: the perfect place to be after our interesting but very hot walk around the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. (Which we did independently.)

We didn't do any of the Mowani trips, so saw no big game animals, but there were lots of sweet little rock dassies (furry mammals) perched around the big rocks surrounding the lodge.

A real treat here was the fire pit dinner table arranged by staff member Kevin, who spotted that we were on a celebration retirement trip and made a real fuss of us. It was a delight to sit out under the stars to dine and Kevin provided lovely service and a lot of fun, even teaching us the five clicks of the local language - K'a'os Kevin!

The rooms were lovely with fab deck areas (handy because bathroom facilities weren't well screened for our son and daughter who were sharing). However we did have to Deet the room to remove some flies and what felt like a gale force wind through the tented/netted sides gave us a somewhat disturbed night's sleep.

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Mr & Mrs S from Harrow
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Disappointing, poor atmosphere

No safari atmosphere. Even charge you for still water. Poor management communication.

Game drive disappointing as much of it in sight of other lodges. When we found elephants they were surrounded by other vehicles. Concerned that drivers hemmed in herd with v young elephants. Saw v little else. Supposed to have two activities but only had one and manager unhelpful. Food good.

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Ms B from London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Exceptionnal

Great lodge, great food, great staff and great excursion!

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Mr & Mrs B from Surrey
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Magnificent setting

Wow - what an amazing setting for a safari camp in the huge boulders.

Rooms have amazing views, are well appointed and are very private. Daily sundowners on top of the koppie was a real highlight.

Brilliant game drive in the morning where we saw desert elephant and lions!

Service was fantastic.

Only criticism was that they sometimes tried to make the food too sophisticated. They are in the middle of nowhere so people get it that they don't always have access to "posh" ingredients. Food was wonderful when they kept it simple but sometimes missed the mark when they tried to be too creative eg smoked salmon was frozen.

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Jane/Chris from crolles
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing location in exceptional scenery

Absolutely unique place. Superb view from the lodge over the valley with the red-orange granite rock formations.

The tour with guide Rosie was the best we had during our visit.

Thanks to her tenacity we had this magical encounter with a herd of 12 desert elephants in a fantastic setting.

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Mr & Mrs S from CT USA
Arrived on: 31-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Peaceful transition location in Damaraland

We chose to stay at Mowani Mountain Camp because it was geographically in between our other destinations. The drive there was easy and well marked. We stayed for two nights.The accommodations were wonderful. The bed was comfortable and I loved the openness to the outdoors. The deck was a great place to sit and watch the dassies and rock agamas scurry around the boulders. I loved having an outdoor bathroom and shower -- with the luxury of an indoor bathroom as well for when it rains or at nighttime. There are no keys for the rooms, which was not a big problem because there is a room safe. However, they also don't lock from the inside. There was an awkward moment when a housekeeper came in the evening to turn on the outside light and walked in to the room without knocking. Luckily we were just resting!

Because we were resting between 2 long drives we chose not to participate in any guided activities. On our one full day we drove over to see the engravings at Twyfelfontein, which was worth it because it was so close-by -- not that interesting if you have to travel a long way to get there. We also checked out the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain -- these were a bust -- but nearby so we didn't waste too much time (although it was not worth the 50NAD per person). We had a wonderful afternoon at the pool, and in the early evening did the one hour walk around the perimeter of the lodge which was lovely. We almost skipped sunset from the viewpoint -- I am so glad we didn't! The setting was lovely with chairs and pillows set up, and appetizers were served and the sunset was breathtaking.

The service was very friendly. We particularly liked talking with Ambrosius, who was very energetic and eager to teach me some basic Damara words such as thank-you and how are you? He put a table out by the fire pit for us for our last evening so we could eat under the stars.

The food was good but not superb. There was a set menu with a choice of entrees. There is no wifi -- so plan accordingly. We did have an intermittent cell signal, adequate to send an occasional text but not enough to predictably use email. Luckily this was not a big deal for us -- but may be for other travelers.

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Mr & Mrs T from Twickenham
Arrived on: 25-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Our view: 9/10. Best so far. We had a standard room (which was very good) with superior view, which was almost facing due west and a lovely view. Beds were comfortable. Public areas, pool, were all very high standard and great service. Very good food and a wonderful sun-downer viewing point on the rock overlooking the Ochre valley where drinks are served as we watch the sun set. Shower was poor due to blocked shower head, we had to complain but this was resolved quickly. Lodge is well located to see a number of local sites. Also a black mark as there was no WiFi! And no laundry service.

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Mr J. from Warwick
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Another lovely lodge!

Mowani was wonderful. We had fabulous weather and enjoyed the sundowner spot both nights. It was Valentines night the first night and we were given complimentary champagne and boxes of chocolates which was a nice touch.
The room was fabulous with an incredible outside bathroom built into the rocks/boulders as well as an inside ensuite.
The excursion to see the desert adapted elephants was fabulous. We encountered a large herd and was given plenty of time to watch them. We took ourselves to Twyfelfontein and the Damara Living Museum on the day we left. In our opinion it was not necessary to pay for a guided trip from the lodge. As we were out of season we had a guide at Twyfelfontein to ourselves and were the only visitors at the living museum which was very interesting, but I imagine it would not be very good if there were a lot of other people there.

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Mr A from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

This must be the most stunning location i have ever been to !

Set between the boulders with unbelievable views this is a place to come and unwind. Total tranquillity, excellent service with a quality menu and wine list.

Wish i could have stayed longer.

Special thanks to Ambrosius who took great care of us.

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