Etendeka Mountain Camp
Lodges in Damaraland
Etendeka Mountain Camp is a small, friendly and relaxed rustic camp set on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert. Owner-run for over 2 decades the location in a area of 50 000 ha is beautifully nestled in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif.
Guests who wish for excellent home-cooked food combined with superb scenery, peace and quiet and enjoyable walking trails should head here, ideally for a stay of at least 2 or 3 nights. The area also boasts a fine assortment of Namibian wildlife, often visible from the camp or on a walk. The actual concession is part of the old Damaraland region where the wildlife, living alongside nomadic pastoralists, is truly wild and free to roam uninhibited. The ancient basalt has been eroded into a dramatic landscape of flat-topped hills, and plains strewn with weathered boulders.
Etendeka Mountain Camp strives to be at one with the environment, bringing you as close to nature as possible without compromising on safety or comfort. Solar heating and electricity do not disturb the silence, whilst all the plants and animals found around the camp are indigenous to the area. The newly built communal area was constructed using local rocks held together by a wire mesh, the wall has only been constructed to face the prevailing wind and the rest has been left open to frame the views. The lodge blends perfectly into the surrounding environment. All meals and drinks are served in this area which offers a magnificent view of the Etendeka Mountains.
Each of the 10 walk-in, shaded tents are furnished with twin beds, linen, towels wash basin, a bush shower (a bucket on a rope) with hot and cold water, a flush toilet, small table/lamp and luggage racks. Water is of high quality, but in short supply so laundry is not done at the camp.
While Etendeka is a very comfortable camp it is best described as rustic and close to nature, those looking for luxury should look elsewhere. Those wanting a genuine, warm hearted Namibian experience, and who are not afraid of a few bugs and the thought of 'comfortable camping' will be rewarded with a remarkable experience that few other lodges in Namibia come close to matching.
The sighting of Hartman's Mountain Zebra, oryx, springbok, giraffe or perhaps even the desert adapted elephant or black rhino may add an exciting bonus to your stay. Evidence of these animals, however, is often seen, along with less conspicuous inhabitants - reptiles, small mammals, insects and other arthropods.
Many of Namibia's endemic birds can be found here, such as Herero Chat, Monteiro's Hornbill, Rüppell's Korhaan and Rockrunner. An average annual rainfall of around 100mm supports scattered and often thick-stemmed desert-adapted trees, shrubs and varying grass cover. Here you will meet the "Etendeka Big Five" trees.
Etendeka Mountain Camp is an excellent place for walking in the cool of the morning, an afternoon game drive and possibly a short hike up one of the local mountains
Access to the camp from the public road is by 4x4 vehicle through rugged terrain. Guests are met at the transfer point at 16h00 in the summer or 15h30 in the winter. The transfer, which takes one and a half hours, gives guests a good introduction to the area - so have camera and binoculars ready!
Etendeka Mountain Camp offers a unique, pristine wilderness experience which will appeal to photographer, naturalist, astronomer and geologist alike, as well as lovers of peace, quiet and open space. To get the most of your experience you will need to spend at least two nights here. With a maximum of 16 guests, everyone is assured personal attention in a relaxed atmosphere.
A private air strip is only twenty minutes drive from the camp.
If you're looking for a truly amazing experience in a beautiful and remote area of Namibia then Etendeka Camp is the place for you!
- Etendeka Mountain Camp really is a hikers paradise especially for those interested in geology. The 'Quartz Walk' is a trail that takes you through sections where quartz and agate can be easily seen. The excellent information provided by your guide will include many facts about the local environment, sociology and Namibian history en-route.
- Game drives
- The transfer into the camp takes 1.5hrs expect to see Hartmann's mountain zebra, oryx and springbok on the drive in. Rare sightings of black rhino and aardwolf have been recorded on other Etendeka drives.
- There is a decent telescope at the camp. Evening sessions learning about the universe and its various constellations are a popular request.
Take the C39 from Khorixas or the C40 from Kamanjab towards Palmwag Lodge. You can park at Palmwag Lodge and will be transferred to Etendeka from there. Transfer time is 15h30 in winter and 16h00 in summer.
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