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Etendeka Mountain Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Stunning secluded location
- Authentic eco-friendly camp
- Guided walks and game drives

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Overview

Etendeka Mountain Camp is a rustic, eco-friendly bush camp located in a large private conservancy within the stunning Etendeka lava flows of Northern Damaraland, northwest Namibia. This remote wilderness is home to a diverse range of species, including mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx and springbok as well as the more elusive lion, black rhino and desert elephant.

The main camp areas include a sheltered swimming pool and a spacious, open-fronted lounge constructed from local stone. Wi-fi and electrical charging points are available, along with a selection of nature books. Communal meals are served at shared tables and there’s a small bar. Mealtimes are laid back and friendly; guests relax with sundowners and enjoy buffet-style feasts prepared on open fires. With its strong conservation ethos and extensive use of solar power, Etendeka is highly ranked in the Namibian Eco-awards.

Activities include safari walks and game drives with Etendeka’s extremely knowledgeable guides. The area is geologically stunning, with red basalt mountains, and quartz and agate-littered terrain. Excursions further afield include Crystal Mountain, famed for its semiprecious stones, and visits to indigenous tribes in Otjitheka. Minimal light and air pollution allow perfect conditions for evening star gazing. The camp is unfenced and animals roam freely through, allowing guests a thrilling glimpse of wildlife up-close.

The basic but comfortable accommodation comprises 10 ensuite Meru-style tents, each sleeping a maximum of two. The tents are simply furnished with double or twin beds, table and chairs, reading lamp and clothes rail. Bathrooms include electric lighting, flush toilets, washbasin with hot and cold running water and a traditional open-air bucket shower.

To limit vehicles on the concession, guests can self-drive to a pick up point 18km from camp. Alternatively there is an airstrip approximately 5km from the camp for private air charters.

Children of eight years and over are welcome, with discounted rates for under 12s. As there is no child-specific program, Etendeka will suit older children who enjoy wildlife, exploration, and walking activities. Due to the unfenced nature of the camp, parents are reminded they must supervise their children at all times.

Etendeka Mountain Camp offers an authentic wilderness experience amidst spectacular scenery and wildlife, and will suit travellers seeking peace and relaxation off the beaten track.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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