Mowani Mountain Camp

Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp

Excellent(94%) From 120 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 120 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 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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Mr B. from KILFENORA
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Really comfortable lodge beautiful location

We really enjoyed our time here.

The safari drive each morning to view the Desert Elephant were terrific. Up close, but keeping a respectful distance, and our guide Boetie was knowledgeable and friendly. Food each evening was a real treat, the rock pool was beautifully situated and we had a gorgeous view from our room.

Highly recommended.

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Mrs J. from Sussex
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp

A lovely thatched tent with amazing views. Charming staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. Sundowner set up on cushions on the rocks was spectacular. Excellent dinner (pork).

Very good tour the next day with excellent, informative guide (Vargee) who found the elephants we were hoping to see. Learnt a lot from him about the local and national culture.

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Dr A & Mrs E from Berks
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A wonderful wedding anniversary

Superb "superior" room. Very private, with a beautiful view, but also very close to the main building. It had its own dining area next to an outside fire, where we were invited to dine on our second evening. It was very romantic (but difficult to see what we were eating!). Two beautiful, colourful geckos in the room, which unfortunately were very camera-shy!

The shower was difficult to get to the right temperature without wasting water.

We had a wonderful elephant hunt to track the desert elephants with a very good guide again. We saw one group of 7 and another group of 8, with a lone male which was chased off. There was also a memorable sight of an ostrich pair with twelve chicks. The female objected to our presence and bravely advanced towards us fanning out her feathers.

It was also very good to see the village where our guide grew up, as well as his intended bride!

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Mr D. from Egham
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

We really like Mowani.

Our room had a fantastic view and these do vary depending upon which room you get. The lodge itself was good and had a nice area to sit by a small water feature which attracted a number of birds. The setting is what makes it special though and because of that the access to some of the rooms requires walking up steep gravel paths. I am disabled but managed OK but only by applying some care!

Some previous reviews mention lack of wifi and what a draw back this was. Personally I would have been very happy not to have any, but we found it worked OK. The tour to find the elephants was excellent and well worthwhile. We saw many elephants, as well as giraffes and ostriches.

Be warned however that you drive quite a distance in an open vehicle quite early in the morning at usual road speeds. More warning of just how cold this can be would be useful as every visitor we spoke to said the same. Blankets are provided, but our fellow travellers from Switzerland had woollen hats, scarves, thermal coats and gloves and were still cold! We didn't do the other tour to the Cave Paintings, partly on the guidance of the lodge as you can visit this just as easily yourself.

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Mr & Mrs S from St Albans
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Superb on every front

We stayed in the suite, and it more than exceeded expectations. Loads of space, private seating area with wonderful views, free mini bar, outdoor bath and shower. It was incredible.

Food and eating area were both top.

Staff also repaired our punctured tyre.

Only criticism was that we had a bit of a lie in on the first day and breakfast was depleted by the early risers.

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Mr & Mrs F from St Albans
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mowani Mountain Camp review

Stunning, unique location. Go there for the location, rather than the wildlife. Important to get a room with superior view.

We enjoyed the walk they had marked out close to the camp.

The 4-course meals were too pretentious, and we didn't enjoy the meals as much as we did in other places.

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