- Rare desert adapted elephants
- Innovative architecture
- Local rock art
Mowani Mountain Camp is a sophisticated lodge nestled between a collection of giant boulders in the heart of the Twyfelfontein area, in the Western area of Namibia. In a prime position with fantastic views and a great sundowner spot, this property is perfect for couples and families alike.
A sister camp to near by Camp Kipwe, and run to the same high standard, this innovative property enjoys a variety of habitats and dramatic natural landscapes. The camp is made up of unusual, thatched dome structures that house a comfortable lounge and dining area as well as a gift shop and lead to a swimming pool, tucked away behind more boulders.
In this harsh and sparse environment, a number of species have adapted to the desert like conditions. Twice daily game drives search for the elusive desert adapted elephant as well as more common wildlife such as giraffe, baboon, springbok and jackal. Nature walks are popular in the immediate area of the lodge but more serious hikes could also be organised with the guides if you are keen. Nearby Twyfelfontein offers some unique and impressive rock art as well as balooning trips and some good cultural trips can be made to local villages.
The accommodation is split into thirteen ensuite rooms and two private suites. Once again, the structures are thatched domes, and they cleverly blend into the natural landscape whilst still being architecturally impressive. All the rooms are spacious with open views across the valley or the hilltops depending on the room type. Traditionally furnished with African ornaments and materials, all the rooms are ensuite and have private terraces from which to enjoy the fabulous views. Both the mini suite and the suite are air conditioned and have open air decks, outdoor and indoor bathrooms and comfortable lounges. Dinner can be served on the balcony of the suite making it a good choice for honeymooners.
There is no minimum age for children at Mowani Mountain which is unusual and a big plus for families with younger children. However, there are no specific programmes for children and the landscape could be potentially hazardous, so close parental supervision will be needed. The pleasant pool area and private terraces of the accommodation are places children could enjoy during the day.
Mowani Mountain Camp is a good quality lodge with access to some good game and unusual rock art. Whilst stronger game can be found elsewhere, this is a strong contender in the Damaraland area and could be ideal for families with older, more responsible children, or those with very young children that are less interested in an intense safari holiday.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019