Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
7 chalets/suites
Traveller's rating
Excellent (97%) From 7 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

The newest addition on the Etosha Heights Reserve, Mountain Lodge, also marketed as Etosha Mountain Lodge it opened to travellers in March 2018. On the southern boundary of Namibia’s Etosha National Park this private reserve covers 600 km2, within this the lodge will be situated on the side of a dolomite hill offering views of the surrounding bush.

Although the team behind Etosha Heights is relatively new we have long known some of the key team members and we are expecting great things from the both Mountain Lodge and its sister property Safarihoek Lodge. We will of course visit the camp as soon as we can. Meanwhile, this is what we know about it from the owners so far:

The main area will focus on a large ‘Lapa’ area containing a bar, dining room, curio shop and reading lounge. Outside there will be a swimming pool, ‘Boma’ area and a unique wine cellar.

There will be six thatched chalets and one semi-suite, which can be used as a family room, all offering en-suite bathrooms, with shower and bathtub each. Outside each room will have its on private wooden viewing deck.

Activities such as morning game, afternoon sundowner and night drive are offered with a private vehicle game drive per activity, bookable in advance. Also you are able to do the interpretive bush walk, in order to fully connect with the beauty of nature on foot.

Our view

Mountain Lodge promises to be a luxurious lodge in the wild and harsh environment of the Etosha Heights Private Reserve. So we have high expectations for their brand new Lodge, and we expect it to maintain the same understatedly stylish feel and firm safari focus. As soon as one of our team has visited the lodge, these pages will be updated.

Geographics

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights

Directions: Safarihoek is located on the Etosha Heights Farm approximately 70km west of the Andersson Gate to Etosha.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: Natural Selection

Special interests

Family holidays: With discounted rates for children up to the age of 18, Mountain Lodge is a great-value destination for families travelling around Namibia. Added to this, the Etosha Heights Reserve also offers a fantastic range of activities to keep children entertained.

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Children

Attitude towards children: Safarihoek welcomes children of all ages.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Communications: WiFi available in the main areas

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Borehole

Sustainability

Mitigating animal-human conflict

Mitigating animal-human conflict Located in a 60,000 hectare private reserve bordering, the well-known Etosha National Park Mountain Lodge concentrates its efforts towards the conservation of wildlife. The objective of the initiative is twofold: educating tourists and providing financial help for the protection of endangered species.

The chalets are named in Afrikaans as guineafowl, giraffe and elephant, with information about each animal displayed in the rooms. Mountain Lodge consistently involves guests into rehabilitating Etosha Heights – a former hunting concession – into a photographic safari area. For example, one mid-day activity for the lodge’s guests is to set camera traps that snap pictures when they are tripped by an animal passing at night.

The lodge also invests 1.5% of turnover into conservation. Mountain Lodge is currently supporting the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project, which aims to find solutions for a more sustainable approach to lion management, thus avoiding over-population and reducing unnecessary killing. Moreover, the lodge hosts and assists the researchers of the Namibia National Cheetah Survey aiming to provide data on the population size and distribution of the cheetah throughout Namibia.

Whereas several marking sites were identified using the information provided from the GPS collars, the final goal is to estimate the size of the cheetah population using camera trap data.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk

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