Mowani Mountain Camp sits unobtrusively among the kopjes of ochre boulders in Damaraland, where its collection of open-air thatched huts blend perfectly with the landscape. Simple, pared-down interiors set the stage for dramatic views over the surrounding mountains. A sparkling swimming pool nestled among the boulders is the ideal place to cool off between game drives.
Rare species of desert-adapted elephant, springbok, jackal, and gemsbok freely roam over the dry riverbeds, and game drives are expertly led by guides who work closely together to help clients find these fascinating truly wild animals. Ancient rock engravings and fascinating ‘organ pipes’ are located nearby at Twyfelfontein (Namibia’s first World Heritage Site), just a short drive from Mowani. In the cooler early morning or late afternoon hours, nature walks offer insight to the smaller wildlife and vistas of the surrounding landscape.
What we love!
- This is an owner-run lodge, lending a personal touch to the experience
- An on-site vegetable garden provides organic ingredients for delicious meals
- The lodge adheres to impressive sustainability principles
- A very happy surprise awaits at the plush wild ‘sundowner spot’
- Searching for rare wild elephant is one of the most inspiring safari experiences offered in Namibia
- Visiting the nearby petrified forest, bushman paintings, and ‘organ pipes’
What you need to know …
- Mowani Mountain Camp can be accessed by light aircraft or 4×4 vehicle
- Game drives are best done with the lodge guide if you are self-driving, as they are well versed in finding desert adapted wildlife
- The higher standard rooms have the best views over the impressive landscape
Reviewed by Willow Constantine