Mowani mountain camp

Mowani Mountain Camp is one of the finest in the Damaraland region of Namibia. The setting is amongst a vast and unspoilt wilderness, between the Ugab and Huab Rivers. This allows for game drives to search for desert-adapted elephants, to the backdrop of outstanding desert scenery. Fascinating geological formations and archaeological sites peppered with an impressive variety of desert flora and fauna complement any safari. Self-drive tourists can roam around the area in their own vehicles or be driven by one of the camp's guides.

The camp is distinguished by thatched dome-shaped structures which represent an almost mirror-image of the granite boulders amongst which they are built. Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning 'Place of God', indicating a high level of peace and tranquility.

The main complex consists of a reception, bar, dining room and a lounge that overlooks the waterhole. Mowani pride themselves on the services and attention their staff will give to it's guests.

The luxury tented accommodation is built inconspicuously, nestled amongst the natural surroundings to ensure minimum impact on the natural environment. A tea/coffee station, in-room safe and mosquito nets draped over the bed are standard in all rooms and suites, as is a private veranda where you can sit and admire the environment. There are:

Superior View Rooms: (room 1,2,3,4) have the most superior view.

View Rooms: (room 5,6,7) have an elevated view over the valley, not quite as good, but still exceptional.

Standard View Rooms: (room 8,9,10, 11 and 12) look onto boulders and are lower down in the valley.

Luxury Room: a wall separates it from the boma area, adding privacy. One double-bedded, thatched room with partly canvas walls, air-conditioning, en-suite facilities and a mini bar (drinks excluded). The room is west facing with its own private deck overlooking the valley. It is situated close to the lodge and is ideal for guests who are not too mobile.

Mini Suite: A luxury, thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, a laundry service and mini bar (drinks included). This suite is cocooned in the rocks with granite boulder views. Special long-stay offer available for stays of 4 nights or more!

Mountain Suite: A luxury thatched suite with spectacular wrap-around views. The lounge is equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television and CD music centre, private dining and bar facilities, a double room with en-suite bathroom as well as a bush bath and shower with a view and mini bar (drinks included).

It's also the southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant. This is where you will find the Twyfelfontein Conservancy and the Mowani Mountain Camp.

Activities from the lodge include excursions to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, an archaeological site that offers more than 2,500 engravings, as well as various paintings. Historians and visitors alike, consider it be one of the finest examples of rock engravings in Southern Africa. A morning's nature drive with the possibility of seeing the elusive desert-adapted elephant and rare black rhino is another favourite here.

The more adventurous might prefer one of the walking trails, between the boulders and mopane trees in the valley below the lodge. It takes hikers to a small waterhole, and a viewpoint. Not to be missed, however, is the spectacular sunsets from the camp sundowner point. Situated close by are other main attractions of the area, including the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes, all within easy driving distance.

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Desert-adapted elephant: Spend between 4-6 hrs on a morning drive exploring the region in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephants. Usually they travel up to 60kms over inhospitable terrain between feeding areas and known waterholes. In times of drought they will dig holes in dry river beds until water seeps up. This also supplies other desert dwelling creatures.

Twyfelfontein A 2 hour safari to visit some of Damaraland's most famous attractions including the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the highlight of your trip over 2,500 rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site.

Hiking: This region is ideal for walking with the emphasis as much on scenic exploration and grasping the harshness of surviving in a desert environment as it is game viewing.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Beales, Pat

25 Oct 2013

Fabulous - they even made arrangements for my wife to have a very special dinner for her 60th birthday

Knight, Jeffrey

18 Jun 2015

Beautiful spot. Loved seeing the desert elephants and the guide Borden was fantastic. Lovely sundowners.

O'brien, Aileen

19 Oct 2017

Stunning, excellent service and super standard of food, would have liked a second night - not enough time

Clendenen, Jason

15 Aug 2016

This place was great. We really enjoyed our time here and would have loved to stay 2 nights instead of 1.

Ferguson, Rachel

10 Sep 2011

Wow! Fantastic - everything ! Location, food, staff ... this place has the works - and the suite is amazing.

Sutcliffe, Paul

22 Dec 2013

Excellent - can`t speak highly enough of management, staff and facilities. Friendly, accommodating and informative.

Roberts, Mitchell

6 Nov 2009

We thought this place was amazing. The accommodation was different, staff were excellent and the food was fabulous.

Gullstrand, Jonas

7 May 2015

The most beautiful views we have ever experienced. Fantastic camp and worth the money even though it's very expensive.

Durrington, Luke

4 Jun 2015

The food and room were great here, although no one seemed to open up the walls of the room as seen in there advertising.

Pervilli, Simona

1 Nov 2013

amazing, but the management was too invasive to organize our time there. We did not like that no women were in the staff.

Ferguson, Rob

22 Oct 2012

This place is also a must. It is quite extraordinary. Accommodation, food, safaris etc - all excellent. I'd go back tomorrow!

Rabella, Joan

30 Aug 2013

It was a great lodge in 2009. Now its new tented rooms are really wonderful. One of the best hotels where we ever have stayed.

Werth, Charlotte

19 Apr 2012

friendly and helpfull personnel, the renovated tents are great! I will definetely recommend this! Sundowner rock rocks!!!!!!!!!

Vervaat, Wouter

26 Jan 2013

Wow what a beautiful location, in the middle of nowhere. Desert chic. Nice birthday suprise: private breakfast on the sundowner rock!!

Dorez, Dominique

21 Mar 2014

Good accommodation ,excellent cooking,average service (almost one hour to get swimming pool towels!!)Excellent desert elephant tracking

Martijnse, Robert

6 Nov 2017

A hidden ruby in the desert. Great experience, nice dining and a superb stop in between Swakopmund to the North or vice versa what we did

Desrosiers, Luc

25 Feb 2017

Gorgeous. Beyond our expectation. Sad there is not much to do in the area, we could have spend one more day in this extraordinary location.

Benocci, Massimo

21 Aug 2015

Maybe the best lodge we stayed. room wonderful, location fantastic, food very good, activities and guides icredible. We would like to came back

De Coster, Leen

4 Aug 2011

Mowani is very nice ande the staff is very friendly and helpfull. The staff has a sense of humor we liked very much. The lodges are very beautiful

Cam, Edward

2 Jan 2014

We were absolutely stunned by our visit to Mowani Mountain Camp. The entire experience was magical and we will certainly return on our next trip to Namibia.

Oliveres, Michele

22 Feb 2016

Too bad we only a night. The lodge is also very private and intimate.The location, the accommodation,the view,the staff,the pool,everything is so neat. It would have deserved another night.

Costa, Carlos

7 Jan 2017

Mowani have a big problem: the food and the restaurant: Toast burned, dishes with bad quality..isn't the same Mowani. Sorry but i was desappoint with the profissionalism in the restaurant. we give 2 stars!

Bakey, Jim

28 May 2018

A five star experience. We also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with the new Manager at breakfast. This was an added bonus. He and his wife will be a great asset to the camp. Highly recommend Mowani

Grgurich, Paul

10 May 2012

The best accommodation we stayed at in Namibia, amazing location, very unique, stunning views and great management and service. I would recommend this to anyone and would rate it as one of the most unique places on earth

Tessa Van Der Willigen

19 Jul 2017

A highlight of our trip: desert-adapted elephants so close you could almost touch them; dancing springbok in the twilight; and sunset on the terrace of our cabin with the most majestic view (and glasses of wine brought to us with a smile).

Kershaw, Dianne & Robert

7 Jul 2009

we absolutely loved Mowani and should have arranged to stay another night. The scenery is beautiful, the rooms comfortable and a bit different, and the staff were really great. The food was great and it was really a relaxed and enjoyable place to stay.

Jones, Becky

29 Nov 2015

The most amazing place We have ever stayed! Incredible how such attention to detail and excellent food and drink can be offered in such a remote place. All the staff were helpful, obliging and we had an incredible trip to see the elephants. A truly memorable experince!

Andriamialisoa, Fanja

28 Aug 2011

Very nice accommodation overall but we had two separate tents and they were very different. One was more luxurious, the other one not very convenient (toilet was just behind the bed and the hot water did not work). Tours offered were wonderful with a great guide Stewart, very knowledgeable.


Mowani Mountain Camp is situated east of Twyfelfontein on the D2612 road

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