Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp
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Mowani Mountain Camp
The accommodations at Mowani Mountain Camp are simply stunning. We stayed in numerous beautiful places during our time in Namibia, but Mowani was in a league of its own. There are few places in the world more beautiful for a sundowner.
We also enjoyed a fun excursion tracking rare desert adapted elephants, which ended with us watching a herd feast near a dry riverbed.
That said, service in the restaurant was a bit lacking (we waited 20 minutes at dinner before being given the menu, and when, at their instruction, we showed up at 6 am for a pre-excursion breakfast, no food was out).
Superb location and accommodation
The iced home-made lemonade on arrival was much appreciated after the long drive from Cape Cross, but the welcome was a bit on the cool side too. The location and accommodation was, however, superb. Our secluded thatched chalet sat snugly between the granite boulders, with roll-up canvas walls giving views over the surrounding bush. Inside, the chalet was the most spacious we encountered, with lots of storage space, double washbasins, and inside shower and toilet.
Walking from the chalet to the communal areas there are countless birds, basking lizards, scampering dassies, and, at night, the odd small snake. The sundowner spot, with drinks and snacks on hand, is spectacular, both at sunset and sunrise. Food is of a high standard, but when the camp is full the service from the kitchen can be somewhat slow.
On the day we arrived the guides had not managed to find any desert elephants, which had left the nearby river bed to go up into the mountains. But next day, our guide Athan was determined to find them, which he did with skill, persistence, and much checking of the age of the dung we encountered on the way. It made the early chilly start and long drive worthwhile.
Mowani also offers guided tours to the Twyfelfontein rock engravings, to the organ pipes, and to the Damaraland Living Museum, but these are all very close and we chose to visit them in our own vehicle, particularly since you have have a guide when you get there anyway.
Astounding sundowner location
Just loved how this lodge fitted entirely into it's surroundings. It really is a work of art and the warm colour of the boulders make it a welcoming place as do the staff.
Nice to have the historical aspect to the activities with the bushmen art, as well as seeing wildlife along the dry river bed. Again the guides were very knowledgable and interested and had great humour.
The sundown spot was one you could never tire of and a good way to meet the other guests.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Wonderful location, 'tents' outstanding and the pool was fantastic and in a lovely setting.Read more about the whole safari
Mowani Camp fabulous
Wonderful camp set in the rocks - we loved it! Rooms were large and discreetly hidden from each other with excellent facilities.
Sundowner area was 2 minute walk away with its own bar with lovely cold beers! Staff very helpful and friendly. Our favourite of the trip!
Safari was excellent if a little long but that was the fault of the elusive elephants!
Mowani seems quite a slick operation
Our first experience of gravel roads on the way to Mowani - so it felt like quite a long drive from Erongo (although fine looking back).
The setting is very striking nestling in the pink rocks.
The staff were very welcoming but a bit on the pushy side for us. We would have preferred things a bit calmer!
The room was very nicely decorated and well equipped - and it was a good place to stay for the Twyfelfontein rock carvings, and as a stopover to Etendeka where we were headed next.
We didn't have time to go on any of Mowani's activities (we were only there one night) - but took ourselves to see the rock carvings.
Mowani - so much more than a camp!
We loved Mowani Mountain Camp, from the moment Heinrich gave us an exuberant welcome at the gate, to when he said goodbye (Ciao-ciaoooo!!!). The setting is just wonderful, and the view rooms have such a wow factor. The natural pool, the sundowner spot among the boulders, and the central areas for eating and relaxing are all fantastic. Food - no-choice set dinner - was very good.
Our trip with August, our great guide, was hugely enjoyable. The drive to find desert-adapted elephants was long but never boring, and when we found the herd, it was brilliant. We were also taken to the rock engravings, the organ pipes and burnt mountain.
We were only able to book one night at Mowani, but would have loved to have two to have a chance to relax in the beautiful surroundings.
beautiful magical mowani
what an amazing place. the best in the whole of Namibia.
staff were exceptionally friendly, welcoming and helpful. The facilities are incredible and the rooms out of this world. Absolute luxury in the heart of the mountains. The excursion to see the desert adapted elephants was magical, travelling across damaraland to try to find them was great fun and then getting up so close to the herd was totally amazing and unexpected.
Heinrich's smile and exuberant welcome as you pass in and out of the gate of mowani creates the best first and last impressions we encountered on our whole trip.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
We stayed here as Camp Kipje had had suffered a serious fire. It was a great place to stay, and very friendly. Marvellous setting.
Rooms were beautiful. Food was really enjoyable.
We visited the White Lady rockart on the way to the lodge, and the Twyfelfontein rock art whilst there. Both very worthwhile. On the day we left, we saw the Petrified Forest which is astonishing and well worth a visit.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Wonderful welcome with cold flannels and a chilled drink whilst activities were explained. Our tent was beautiful - newly renovated with all mod cons and with stunning views over the mountains and valley. The sundowner spot is very special with drinks and nibbles and the company of rock dassies.
We went on the morning nature/game drive which was really enjoyable - we saw plenty of game and birds of prey as well as the desert elephants. We also took the guided trip to Twyfelfontein - good value and we got more out of this than if we had done this ourselves.
We had the same waiter throughout our stay which is a nice touch and all the staff were friendly and helfpul, although the service was definitely more formal here than at our other lodges. We particularly appreciated Stewart's daily sport results updates!