Mushara Bush Camp is set on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park.
Mushara Bush Camp: Our full report
Opened in 2009, Mushara Bush Camp is the newest property in the Mushara Collection, in addition to Mushara Lodge, Mushara Outpost and Villa Mushara. They're all set on the Mushara Reserve, just 10km from the eastern edge of Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Owned by Marc and Mariza Pampe, Mushara Bush Camp is specifically designed to offer families a comfortable, affordable base from which to explore Etosha's abundant wildlife.
Mushara Bush Camp has 16 tents built from wood, canvas and local limestone – materials which help keep the tents cool in the hot afternoon sun. They are spacious and airy, with roof-to-floor gauze windows, small private verandas with two canvas chairs, and en-suite bathrooms, all overlooking the surrounding bush. The décor is simple, lightened by blue-and-white printed fabrics for the bedspread and cushions, and lovely draped mosquito nets adorned with small buttons. Lighting comes from lamps styled like old-fashioned lanterns, two of which hang next to the bed. Each room is equipped with a fan, mosquito nets, a safe and a tea/coffee station. Four tents are designed for families, with an additional sleeper couch, with its own mosquito net, to accommodate two small children.
The main area at Mushara Bush Camp is a thatched open fronted structure, and includes the lounge, bar and dining area, although meals are usually served on the camp's gravel-floored thatched veranda. At the back is a long bar, which is also where the breakfast buffet is laid out each morning. Décor is a stylish blend of soft yellows, blues and greens, complemented by soft, warm ceiling lights made from baskets that hang above each table. Numerous sofas and chairs provide space for relaxing, perhaps with one of the magazines you will find tucked in buckets or wall pockets. The stone floor of the dining area combines with a large number of potted plants to give the area a natural look; even the room dividers are painted to look like stone.
Adjacent to the main area is a sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by a rustic wooden fence. It is raised from the ground and built in a circular shape with a smaller circle at one end to form a shallower children's pool. From the shady sunloungers around the pool, you can watch the resident warthogs grazing on the lawns.
A campfire is a good focal point for guests to enjoy at the end of the day.
Activities from Mushara Bush Camp focus on morning and afternoon game drives into Etosha National Park with an experienced driver/guide. The wildlife here is exceptional, featuring most of Africa's big game, and as the camp is a mere 10km from the park, the drive is straightforward even for those with children. On a recent visit in December 2016 we did a guided morning game drive into the Park, which left at 06h30 and returned at about 11h30 in time for lunch. This was a very productive drive in which we saw lion, cheetah, elephant, ostrich as well as some smaller game – all in the space of a few hours. The cost of the guided game drive, at the time of our trip, was N$550 per person, including soft drinks. It is also possible to do a guided bushwalk on the property at a cost of about N$260 per person.
The camp is surrounded by a fence to keep out the more dangerous game, however there is still kudu, warthog and smaller antelope on the property. At the time of our visit we saw a large male kudu outside our tent and a shy bushbuck beside the pool!
Our viewMushara Bush Camp is a very family-friendly, relaxed and affordable place to stay near Etosha National Park. It's ideal for self-drive guests, and offers a down-to-earth bushcamp experience – which is why we love it: it is great at what it does, and is great value.
Ideal length of stay: We would recommend staying two to three nights.
Directions: Mushara Bush Camp is situated within the same reserve as the other three Mushara properties, about 1km from Mushara Lodge, and approximately 10km from Von Lindequist Gate, Etosha's eastern entrance.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Mushara Bush Camp is part of the Mushara Collection.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Mushara Bush Camp serves a hot and cold breakfast buffet in the morning, light lunches, and a set menu for dinner, which is displayed on a board in the main area during the day.
On our recent visit in December 2016 we had a delicious tuna salad followed by fresh fruit salad for lunch. Dinner on our first evening was a three-course meal with twice baked gorgonzola soufflé served with butternut puree and salad for starter, chicken fillet with spinach and mushroom open lasagne for the main, followed by a desert of tiramisu with cream, chocolate shard and coffee syrup.
On our second evening here dinner was served in the boma beside the swimming pool and was a buffet barbecue. There was a starter of chilled carrot soup and a buffet of salads grown in the lodges garden. This was served with a traditional “mieliepap” (maize meal) with tomato sauce, grilled springbok chops with mushroom sauce, slow roast kudu shank and barbecued chicken kebabs served with potato wedges. Desert was apple cake with fudge topping, lemon mousse and homemade doughnuts with berry compote. The food was very good and it was lovely dining outside under the stars.
There's also a separate children's menu available.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included
Family holidays: Near Etosha, Mushara Camp sleeps up to four guests in each family tent, and is highly recommended for family safari holidays in Namibia. Expect a pool, a climbing frame, a play area, flexible dining and a children’s menu. Children under 3 stay free.See more ideas for Family holidays in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Mushara Bush Camp.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: Mushara Bush Camp is very family and child-friendly. Whilst your children are playing in the children's corner or splashing in the children's pool, childminders will keep a watchful eye. Please note that although these ladies are experienced at looking after children, they do not have any formal qualifications. There's also a children's climbing frame and, indoors, a part of the main area has been set aside for children to paint, draw, participate in arts and crafts or read some of the children's books. Dinner times are flexible, and there's a special menu for children to choose from, including spaghetti bolognaise, macaroni & cheese, fish fingers with tomato sauce, ice cream with chocolate sauce, and grilled marshmallows.
Equipment: Mushara Bush Camp has four family tents with additional sleeper couches, ideal to accommodate a family of four or five. There are also baby cots and highchairs.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: We think Mushara Bush Camp is great for families
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a back up generator in case of a power failure. Each tent has a plug point for charging batteries.
Communications: There is complimentary WiFi
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: The water is safe to drink
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb, around 100km away.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There's a secure parking area, and the main gate is locked at night. They have a day and night watchman.
Fire safety: Each tent has a fire extinguisher.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available at an extra charge for stays of two nights or more.
Money: US dollars and euros can be exchanged. Each room has a safe
Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted as well as cash in Namibian dollars, South African rand, US dollars and euros.