Reviews of Mowani Mountain Camp
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Views of such beauty and magnitude
Mowani, like Kulala, felt slick on arrival. But once again, we were treated so well, given (not requested but wonderful surprise!) the best room - luxury! - and the whole Mowani experience is so special, that we couldn't believe here was another lodge of such high standards. We have constantly told our three sons, that this is a one-off holiday and to savour every view, every meal, every place we stay at! Mowani's viewpoint was the best of all and the sundowners there memorable. I swam in the plunge pool each day and loved its clear cool water. The staff were excellent. The rooms were beautiful and with the best views. Food delicicious.
We took a guide on the desert elephant safari and he found elephant for us and that was wonderful. Worth doing and worth the money. We loved the rock dassies running around on the rocks! Wanted to see a leopard and just missed one spotted at breaksfast! We felt it might be useful if the owner had a board up somewhere visible for guests to read - noting down leopard sightings, for example. Our sons were disappointed not to see the leopard and perhaps had it been made clearer that the camp did have leopard around, then we would have been on the alert more. Better communication on animal sigthings would have been good for us.
It is hard as so often one is only one night in the camp but we were lucky to spend two nights! Loved the fire lit outside each evening. Very good shop. Might be nice to know more about how the camp began and who started it up and why it was sited where it was. Worth visiting Twyfelfontein rock paintings - did thi son our own and glad we did it. Our picnic lunches on day of departure were beatifully made and even had hand-decorated paper bags as did the brown paper bag into which my shop purchases went - very individual service here and the staff must be congratulated.
Mowani had the best view of anywhere I think and we shan't forget it ever. Our only positive criticism might be that our children were in a room a long way from us - so we couldn't check on them easily. More sensible to have us next to them. But the children loved seeing the lizards and rock hyraxes (dassies) and for them, it was a beautiful place, as it was for us.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
This was our favourite camp. The scenery around here is very mountainous and beautiful. Sundowners were particularly special as they were enjoyed on a rock plateau with fabulous views of the sunset and they were accompanied by excellent canopes. Views from most of the "tents" were also stunning.
After our meal on the second night we were entertained by the staff who sang a number of traditional (and less traditional) folk songs. This was very special.
One of the highlights of our holiday was the morning game drive in search of desert adapted elephants. Our guide, Aton, was excellent and went to extrordinary lengths over very difficult terrain to find the elephants. We were eventually able to get close to a herd of about twenty elephants, including three young ones, for amazing photo opportunities. We must have observed the elephants for half an hour or more in total.
Great views and service in the Mountains
Mowani is in a great location, with fabulous views. The arrival procedures could be a bit more slick - we were fooled by the position of the car parking area, and having parked, then didn't know where to go! Clearly we were supposed to drive to the main area of the Camp and then return the car to the carpark below. This really wasn't obvious.
We had a great welcome and were then taken to our tent, along a lengthy and quite uneven pathway. Quite how the porters negotiate these paths with suitcases has to be seen and appreciated. Fortunately, torches are provided to find your way after dark.
The sunset viewing is a good idea - with nice drinks and snacks available. The lounge area is located by a water feature which attracts lots of birds - great viewing at close quarters!
We took a trip to find Desert Adapted Elephants which was fabulous. Watching the elephants' progress across the landscape to the waterhole and being able to follow and observe them was truly magical. Less magical was the ride in the back row of the vehicle - the Guides would do well to know that it gets really uncomfortable in the back row when you travel for long distances on the dry river beds. We left our seats (i.e. were thrown up in the air) probably 20 times! Be warned - sit close to the centre of the vehicle and you'll be much more comfortable!
After the trip, we discovered we were missing a camera and the staff searched the vehicle and found it for us. They were very concerned to ensure it still worked, as they had already washed the vehicle down and the camera was a bit wet. It was entirely our fault for leaving the camera in the vehicle and we were so grateful at the helpful and caring attitude of the staff and the General Manager.
The most wonderful three-day stay. The setting is magical, with a pleasant trail amongst the boulders to wander each evening. The service is exceptionally good, the food unbelievably so given the remote location.
We must mention Vincent, the manager, who was helpful beyond the call of duty when the car broke down five miles away. He sorted everything so we could continue our holiday untroubled. The safari in search of desert elephants is a 'must' and we would like to compliment Frederick, the guide. Is there a 5plus rating?!
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Fantastic. Had tent no 2 with a beautiful outlook to the west. particularly enjoyed sundowners and sunsets on the high granite rock.
The bushman art tour was so so .... might have been better to go ourselves and spend more time. But nature tour was fantastic.
Host and hostess and whole staff helpful and efficient. Enjoyed watching the many birds drinking from their series of rock pools while in the comfort of their spectacular `lounge'.
Our last morning breakfast on the high granite rock was a delightful surprise.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
A stunning location. The manager was exceptionally helpful.
As well as the main activities of rock art and desert elephants we enjoyed the interesting local self-guided walk.
Wonderful view from tent
Most of the camps we stayed in were all-inclusive.
It is unclear why this camp is different and all activities and lunches have to be paid for separately. It seems a bit mean.
Mowani Mountain Camp review
Mike and I are getting married this year - Mowani would be the perfect place if we hadn't already booked somewhere closer to home.
The sundowner view with bar was probably the best of our holiday and tracking the desert elephants with a guide who knew his craft was trully fantastic - it took 4 hours to find them but it was well worth it and also made us realise you do have to find them
Happilly in a 4x4, we had a much improved journey up into Damaraland. The Camp is wonderfully set in the boulder mountains, and we had a wonderful tented room, with fabulous outside shower.
The dining was excellent, with tables set for each room. Sadly our elephant safari ended in failure, after six hours searching (probably because the pregnant elephants in the herd had gone into the mountains to give birth); feedback has been given directly to the hotel over the lack of other info on this drive. The Twyfelfontain drive was good, but we ran short of time, and missed the burnt mountain and organ pipes - because we had to stop to help a broken down car - however Frederick was an excellent guide and made every effort to get us home for sunset.
The sundowners were great, even when we had a brief shower which produced a lovely rainbow. We did the local nature hike with a hotel guide (Lesley), but my wife lost a ring on this walk, which despite much searching, could not be found. On our last evening, the hotel made a fabulous gesture in setting us a table for dinner away from the dining area, and we had a terrific dinner with champagne by the rocks; on our last morning, we were humbled by the camp giving us breakfast on the lookout rock; a wonderful end to a lovely stay.
Three days after we left, and having moved on to Waterberg, our lodge had a call saying that Rachel's ring had been found! Mowani made every effort to get it back to us, and eventually had it flown to a small airfield in Windhoek, where we picked it up on our way back to the airport. We cannot thank them enough for this, which was a lovely thing to do.
Staying at Mowani was the highlight of our trip to Namibia.
amazing location and tents with a fantastic view.
we didn't do the elephant excursion as we were ill but I gather they rarely see them in the wet season anyway
the food we had was delicious and the staff attentive
the only negative was that having brought us soup to our balcony for lunch one day they still had not cleared away the dirty dishes by the time we checked out the next morning