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“Must Stay Here If You're In Damaraland” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Namibia   |  
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Must Stay Here If You're In Damaraland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

If you travel in Damaraland I highly recommend staying at Mowani for a couple nights. The location is gorgeous - so hidden away with views of the desert to die for. The accommodations are the height of luxury, each with a unique view. The staff is attentive and very helpful - if you can get Frederick as your guide, he seems to know everything about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the area. In short - they treat you right and it's an incredibly relaxing experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Damaraland has dramatic scenery with huge sandstone boulders scattered and piled all over the area. The Mountain camp is seemingly impossibly nestling among these huge boulders with the main lodge and dispersed chalets' covered in thatched domes which are almost undiscernable among all the boulders.
Our mini-suite was so situated and had an outside shower shielded from the other chalets by the huge boulders but not from the eyes of the numerous rock daisies that inhabit the area.
The staff were somewhat inexpert but very willing with charm. They were extremely helpful in patching a tyre puncture that we had acquired en route to the Mountain Camp. The food was very good considering the situation of the Camp.
Two relatively minor niggles - one, the Camp claimed to have no internet connectivity but had a computer and one could pick up the Mowani server on one's laptop. The staff, including the manager claimed to have no knowledge of the necessary password!
The second niggle was that if one went on a drive ( the drive to the San engravings and rock art at nearby Twyfelfontein is not to be missed) there was a rush to get one back to see the sunset from the Camp and one had to pay for one's sundowners, whereas part of the joy of lodge drives is to have complimentary sundowner drinks on the drive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I left my souvenir on the front desk and I dropped my memory card packet in the safari vehicle and left with neither. Rueben arranged for a member of staff to chase us down the gravel road till he finally caught up with us and handed me back my souvenir. He arranged for my cards to be sent down to Windhoek where they were waiting at the hotel for our arrival a week later. That is incomparable and much appreciated service Rueben to which, many thanks. The chalets are comfortable although they do not have refrigerators (which I think they should have). Breakfast and dinners were both excellent (the ox tail was absolutely out of this world) as was our packed lunch. The game drive for desert elephants is a must. The large herd had about half a dozen small baby elephants with them and they were all very photogenic! There is only one downside to all this. The chalets were built in and around huge boulders (the 'mountain' bit of the camp) and these boulders absorb the heat during the day and radiate it all through the night. Our chalet was so hot it made sleep practically impossible. There is no air conditioning, only a small ineffective rickety fan. The only respite from the heat comes early in the morning and that only briefly. It is still worth it to see the desert elephants and to have Rueben around if you leave anything behind, but the heat is something else!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The perfect place to go, but beware, the little flies are very annoying.
We were lucky enough to enjoy the Hineymoon Suite for a night, after having spent a night in a standard bungalow.

Both are excellent. Food is perfect. Guides are very very nice. Even after Etosha, I would say it is worth going to see the desert elephants.

Very very expensive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Damaraland is like stepping into a Flintstones cartoon--reddish rocks and gigantic boulders everywhere. The experience at Mowani, however is as far from the stone age as you can get. As others have said and the photo shows--the camp is lovely. The food is delicious and the staff top rate. It all begins with Heinrich the happiest and most funny gate person you've ever met. Ask him to do a "show." Our guide Athan was the best guide we had having visited 2 camps in Botswana and two in Namibia. Perfect balance of knowledge, service and enthusiasm. I recommend a visit to the cave etchings. The facility, a World Heritage site, is lovely and the etchings impressive. Plan on half a day. We only had a couple hours, and i wish we'd spent more time and gone on all three walks. Finally, enjoy your "sundowner" ever evening with a beautiful sun set.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

outstanding sundowner site on the rocks - unforgettable. had the very best Oryx Steak right there from the whole Namibia trip. there are usually 2 choices in the lodges, here it is Oryx. Great dining, lounge area. We loved our chalet which had 2 levels and a nice terrace to have before dinner drinks and coffee in the morning in privacy. We opened the whole front - great view, nobody can look into your room (at least it was for ours and it seams the others as well). Great mountain elephant excursion and sightings. Nice extremely friendly staff! (bring enough warm clothes, the nights can be cold). We ordered a bucket of ice for our room in the evening and there was still a little ice in the bucket in the morning...special ice?? we were not cold in the comfy bed at all. loved the stars in the mountains, very secluded, saw quite a view people jogging. One of the 3 best in Namibia on our trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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British Columbia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This place is over the top beautiful. Our greeting at the gate as we drove up was warm and enthusiastic as was our welcome by Fredrick at the lodge. It's high end, but for one night after a week of off road safari, it was well worth the cost. Our room was amazing. Dinner was wonderful. However, it kinda fell apart in the morning. Staff seemed less than attentive, and breakfast was not all in line with everything else we had experienced. It was if the boss wasn't around so nobody cared as much. Still, on our way out the young gate keeper was cheery and sincere in his wishing us a safe journey onward.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Twyfelfontein Conservancy, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Damaraland
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Damaraland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Mowani Mountain Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mowani Mountain CampBetween the Ugab and the Huab Rivers in southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoilt wilderness area, boasting magnificent desert scenery, unusual geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna & flora. This is also the southernmost roaming-ground of the rare black rhino and the desert elephant. In the Twyfelfontein Conservancy is Mowani Mountain Camp. The word M’wane means "Place of God", and here you will find the true meaning of the words – peace and tranquility. Mowani nestles amongst the majestic boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot, commanding distant views over the ancient landscape. Great care has been taken with the design of the recreational areas, giving the impression of an African Village. The 12 luxury thatched rooms are elegantly decorated with furnishings especially designed for convenience and comfort - and decks to enjoy the spectacular views. Three additional suites offer exceptional accommodation. ... more   less 
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Mowani Mountain Camp Hotel Damaraland
Mowani Mountain Camp Namibia/Damaraland

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