Mushara Outpost: Our full report
Just 10km from Etosha National Park's eastern Von Lindequist gate, Mushara Outpost sits within the 25km2 ...... private Mushara Reserve. With only eight tented rooms, it aims to provide an intimate and luxurious base from which to explore Namibia’s foremost wildlife park.
Mushara Outpost's stylish main area has been built in the style of an old farmhouse, complete with a corrugated-iron roof and large wrap-around veranda. With dark furniture, leather chairs and some quirky light fittings (such as lampshades made from porcupine quills), the Outpost feels very luxurious and modern. The walls are adorned with spectacular black-and-white photos of Etosha’s exceptional wlidflie, while tables and shelves scattered with lovely books on Africa and wildlife add a homely touch.
A grand long table dominates the dining area, where in winter, guests may dine together communally. For the rest of the year, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at a number of smaller tables branching out onto the deck. As well as a swimming pool, surrounded by comfy deckchairs, there is a curio shop stocked with useful items such as suncream, as well as gifts and trinkets.
The well-tended garden features a number of large trees, providing a pleasant environment in which to relax. During our most recent visit, in March 2017, we spotted a number of birds here, including crimson-breasted bush shrike, violet-backed starling, red-billed francolin and white-crested helmet shrike. Birders will also appreciate the small hide, set at the end of a row of tented rooms, where a number of directors’ chairs await those in search of a spot of birdwatching.
The eight tented rooms at Mushara Outpost are constructed from canvas, wood and glass, and raised on spacious wooden decking complete with two chairs and a table. We think that they combine a traditional safari feel with a very high level of comfort. Neutral décor creates an open, airy feeling while large glass windows and doors make the most of views over the surrounding bush. Each room has a simple wicker bedframe with either a double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets. You’ll also find a minibar, air conditioning, small safe, coffee station, telephone and hairdryer.
The open-plan en-suite bathroom includes a spacious open shower with glass walls from floor to ceiling, bringing the outdoors inside! There is also a semi-outdoor shower that is partly covered by the canvas roof from the tent and fully enclosed on all sides allowing complete privacy.
Mushara Outpost shares the Mushara Reserve with its sister camps in the Mushara Collection, Mushara Bush Camp, Mushara Lodge and Villa Mushara. Activities at the Outpost, much as at its sister camps, focus on game drives into Etosha National Park. The lodge runs guided safari drives leaving in the morning or the evening. The morning drive departs at 7am for around a four drive and the afternoon drive at 3pm in the summer and 2pm in the winter until sunset. Games drives are conducted in open sided game viewing viewing vehicles and mineral water is provided as well as sundowner drinks at an extra cost. Given its proximity to the park entrance it also serves as a good base for self drivers into the park.
A great location combined with high levels of comfort, and a small number of tented rooms, makes Mushara Outpost a great option for travellers looking for a luxurious retreat with easy access to Etosha.
Country manager: Namibia
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
- Ideal length of stay
- Base yourself here for 2–3 nights to allow time to explore eastern Etosha , and to spend a little time relaxing at the Outpost itself.
- Mushara Outpost is located on the Mushara Reserve, just 10km east of Etosha's Von Lindequist gate along the C38. It is well signposted from the gate.
The Mushara Reserve has its own airstrip, but it is also possible to fly to the airstrip at nearby Mokuti and be transferred to the lodge.
- Accessible by
- Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Half Board
- Food quality
- On our most recent visit to Mushara Outpost in March 2017, we were impressed by the quality, presentation and invention involved in the meals – and dinner was one of the best we had on our whole trip.
Breakfast was a cold buffet of cereals, fruits, meats, cheeses and fresh breads that were laid out on the bar in the main area. Cooked breakfast items were available freshly cooked to order. There is also a professional coffee maker where staff will prepare your choice of coffee.
Lunch is usually from an à la carte menu, at extra cost. We sampled the bagel with smoked salmon and soft cheese and the tuna niçoise salad, which were both excellent. Although we could not quite find room, there was homemade banana ice cream for dessert. The lodge can also prepare lunch packs for guests who want to spend the whole day in Etosha.
Our dinner consisted of three courses, the first being a dish of vegetable tortillas with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. The main course was a harissa-rubbed game kebab with beetroot, spinach and maize pap croquettes. For dessert we had a milk tart with small pastry éclairs and a pinotage jelly.
- Most visitors to Etosha National Park are drawn by the chance to see Namibia's lager wildlife. However, guided 4WD safaris into the park combined with a small hide at the lodge make Mushara Outpost a good pick for a birding trip to Namibia too.
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- Tasteful wildlife images adorn the walls in Mushara Outpost’s main area, which is held in an elegant farmhouse style. Each tent has a spacious bathroom including a shower with a view on the surrounding bush. This lodge is a perfect base for a luxury safari.
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- Attitude towards children
- The property welcomes children aged 12 and above.
- Property’s age restrictions
- Outpost does not accommodate children under the age of 12 years.
- Special activities & services
- There are no special activities.
- There is no equipment for children.
- Generally recommended for children
- Mushara Outpost has a peaceful and mature feel to it. Even families with older children would probably feel more relaxed at Mushara Lodge, or the family-friendly Mushara Bush Camp.
- As the pool in unfenced children aged 12 and above would need constant supervision.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Mushara Outpost
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Mushara Outpost have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There is a generator back-up, and the lodge also uses solar power.
- There is WiFi in the main area as well as in the bedrooms, although on our last visit it was somewhat sporadic.
- TV & radio
- There is no TV.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- Toilets and showers are plumbed, with hot and cold running water for showers.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb, around 100km away.
- Dangerous animals
- Moderate Risk
- Security measures
- There is a security gate that is manned by a security guard at night.
- Fire safety
- There are fire extinguishers in the rooms.
- Disabled access
- Not Possible
- Laundry facilities
- A laundry service is available at an extra charge.
- There are safes in each of the tented rooms.
- Accepted payment on location
- Payment by Visa and Mastercard, and in cash using Namibian dollars, South African rand, US dollars and euros, is accepted, but British pounds are not, and neither are travellers' cheques.
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