Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp
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Mowani Camp is just a great place
What a fantastic place, but then guess the price reflects this. The staff are well trained, although not in your face. Our room was probably in the best position out of them all and we had our own private sundowner every night, our only visitors being the rock hyrax and a little mouse that shared the room with us, but then we were in the middle of Africa and it was no problem.
We stayed 2 nights, the first day we just chose to enjoy the surroundings and the second day we opted for the early morning nature drive, the mission to find the desert elephants, which we did and was well worth the somewhat chilly air experienced in the open Safari vehicle wrapped in blankets. Next stop our driver/guide took us into Damaraland for a coffee stop. This was such a breathtaking experience and you would never know this landscape existed from the road. Coffee and biscuits over with we returned to the lodge happy travellers.
The food was well above African cussine, although they do serve quite a lot of game which we always opted for something else. Whilst there my wife discovered a new drink......there welcome drink with a shot of vodka, topped up with ice, cool and refreshing and very moreish!
Desert Elephants at Mowani
A canvas walled, thatched roof lodge in dramatic rocky environment. Some confusion here as we could see signs to superior rooms yet not in the direction our room was in. Only the next day did we conclude that Superior room and superior view room was different. We had the latter and at least they did reflect the title. sitting on cushions on one of the large rocks watching the sunset drinking g&t was one of the highlights here.
On the second day we were up early in search of Desert adapted elephants and almost immediately found a small herd with a few youngsters among them. We were able to get up close for an hour and a half or so until they disappeared of into the boulders where we could not follow. there was a mouse in the room gnawing its way into the milk cartons when we got back - it scuttled off and we didn't see it again. Our companions had a similar problem, didn't see it but it got into their bags and chewed a few things - there's a lesson, zip up bags when not in the rooms.
One problem we had on returning to our lodge after dinner the light left on to guide us back was covered in moths and as soon as we were inside a put a light on they were all inside. Not the most dangerous situation but bothersome with them flapping all round you - had to put the light out a bunk down. The problem seemed to be that there was a 25cm gap between the walls and the roof that was completely open where in other lodges with a similar gap there were insect nets. Otherwise everything was excellent
Beautiful lodge in fabulous location.
We drove along the Salt Road to Torra Bay to get here - it is absolutely fine to drive. Saw some shipwrecks along the way!
Lovely pool, delicious food.
Went to see the rock engravings at Twelfelfontein - fascinating and well worth a visit.
Showering under the stars
I almost dropped to my knees to thank the universe (and Sabina) for booking me into a chalet with aircon. Ah, it was so wicked hot I would not have lasted a day in a regular chalet. The mini-suite was a difficult and the key point in the whole booking process b/c by myself I truly did not need a mini-suite but the aircon was all worth it.
Wonderful chalet with the outdoor toilet - I loved it. The only issue I had was the heat stuck in the little ante room as we enter the main door. Since the aircon was busy cooling the large room with the bed there was not much left for the TV room.
Most spectacular natural surroundings, the view from the lookout, the rock pool, everything was perfect excep the big Indian group that was noisy. Luckily the left the next morning. Ah, I also have to mention I appreciated the pick up in a truck with aircon. I think additional activity possibilities, like the Damara Living Museum, the petrified forest, etc could be better promoted by staff.
Most amazing place we stayed at in Namibia!
Mowani was the most amazing lodge we stayed at in Namibia (also one of the more expensive ones). We stayed in the honeymoon suite as all the rest was fully booked (and we were on our honeymoon, so thought we'd spoil ourselves). The view is just incredible, it's like being on a different planet with boulders dotted around and monkeys playing with each other in the background.
The suite had it's own terrace as well as an indoor and outdoor shower as well as an outdoor bathtub (yes, insane!). Most insane view I've ever experienced during a shower! :)
The staff were lovely, memorizing our names before we even arrived, always ready to help.
The view from the sundowner lounge overlooking the sunset was incredible, and really set the scene for the evening.
The food was amazing, a proper creative kitchen - and the service was one of the best we experienced in Namibia (where it's sometimes a little slower and less detail-oriented as one might be used to). There is no wifi in the whole lodge, which is so nice for once! You can really tune out of the business of this world and just relax!
We forgot a scarf in the room and called them up from the next place we stayed at. They went out of their way to get it back to us in the hotel we stayed at the end in Windhoek - that is just amazing.
Wonderful location and a great concept
When we arrived at Mowani we felt like just relaxing, which is exactly what we did - reading books by the swimming pool, then on our private veranda with a gift of a sparkling rosé wine from the staff to recognise it was our honeymoon.
The sundowner - the location - is brilliant and the dinner that followed very good, with excellent service from Gerard. After dinner we had some drinks around the fire, and the manager spent a good amount of time speaking with us, which was a really nice touch.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Fabulous location with superb rooms.
The lunch was excellent but the dinner didn't quite live up to expectations.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
This is a lovely place, with tent-chalets built into the rocky hillside.
We really enjoyed the small water hole beside the main building which attracted birds and small animals. Also the sun-downer hill with a great view of the sunset over the nearby plain.
Our morning drive to find desert elephants was successful and we had ample opportunity to watch the herd. There was one elephant 'toddler' who was particularly fun to watch as he tried to race ahead.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Wonderful place, superb in every way.Read more about the whole safari
An amazing location, with all rooms tucked in around the rocky environment.
We had the Mountain Suite which is 3 rooms and totally isolated from the rest of the hotel. Highlights included the outdoor bath and shower, the views, the sun-downer on the top of the rocks, a very well-stocked (free) minibar and exemplary service.
The game drive to find the Desert Elephants was wonderful as we tracked them by spoor and footprints, eventually finding them in a dried river bed. Max, our guide, was brilliant, carefully manoeuvring the vehicle so we got the best positions to watch the elephants.
The perfect start to any safari holiday!