Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

Uibasen-Twyfelfontein Community Conservancy Namibia
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Mountain Suite
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4.5
#1 of 5 lodges in Damaraland
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.5
Value
4.2
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Luxurious Lodge with two suites and 13 rooms with various views depending on type of view-room booked, nestled amongst the boulders throughout the mountain. The lodge is located close to the UNESCO heritage site of Twyfelfontein and where the desert adapted elephants roam.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Secured parking
Pool
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Room features
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Uibasen-Twyfelfontein Community Conservancy Namibia
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finny123 wrote a review Jun 2020
Windhoek, Namibia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thanks to COVID, we are not allowed to travel back to Europe this summer/winter so we took advantage of all the special rates offered to locals and set out for a 10 day road trip. I cannot express enough how beautiful Mowani is. We’ve lived in Namibia for 3 years and been to many nice places but this one takes the cake. Set in Damaraland about 12k from Twelfelfontein carvings, this is pretty remote and yet the camp is a full 5 star luxury gem. Giant boulders surround the lodge and each room is extremely private and tastefully decorated. The sundown viewing area is a giant slab covered with comfy places to watch one of the most spectacular events Namibia has on offer. We did an hour walk around the area taking loads of great photos and a safari to find the desert elephants that roam the plains. Tonight we are the only guests -which is so very sad for the Namibian tourist economy- and are being treated like royalty by the lovely and highly competent staff. The food has been nothing short of excellent. Honestly we were a little worried to come thinking it would be a shoestring operation during the pandemic but it has been an exceptional stay. Thank you Mowani for making the pandemic and being so far from family bearable!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from S Collins, General Manager at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Aug 13, 2020
Dear finny, Thank you for your positive comments, we look forward to having you back soon.
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4holidaymaniacs wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in 2 standard view rooms, number 9 and 10. Room number 9 was perfect. It was slightly above ground on stilts, airy with amazing views. Our other room, number 10, however, was not up to the mark. It was filled with mosquitoes and got extremely hot.

The best part of this lodge was their sunset point. We sat on their comfy chairs, nibbling the complimentary snacks and watched yet another picturesque African sunset. This lodge was more costly than other lodges we stayed at, but they took special care to provide little things that make the stay memorable. They even had free coffee and cake during afternoons. In all, I would recommend this lodge but get any room other than room no 10.

They also took great care and prepared delicious veg food for us.

We also did a guided desert elephant safari tour, which was the highlight. We saw a heard of 14 elephants and admired them for hours. Our guide was friendly and made it a fun tour.

For all details - 4holidaymaniacs. com
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Date of stay: June 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do not stay in room no 10
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Response from GaryParkerManager, Manager at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Dear Kavita C, I am just back from leave and catching up with our reviews. Thank-you for taking the time to review Mowani Mountain Camp. We really appreciate the feedback. It sounds like you had a great time. Yes, room 9 & 10 are a little different. Room 9 is situated between the huge granite boulders and room 10 is built under a very old Mopani Tree. The mosquitoes you referred to are most probably the local and indigenous Mopani fly. A harmless fly found around these trees. We haven't had enough rain for pools to for where mosquitoes can breed. Regards, Gary Parker.
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GerdChristian wrote a review Sep 2020
South San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The scenery alone is reason enough to visit Mowani !
Everything about the lodge was Top Class : service , accommodation , friendly staff , food .
A minimum of 3 nights is advisable to be able to get the most out of the unique experience .
We'll be back , but this time in the Mountain Suite !
Pricey for locals , but specials during lockdown were attracting a lot of visitors from Namibia
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Date of stay: September 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The rooms are priced according to their position in the camp , Mountain Suite being the most...
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Response from S Collins, General Manager at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Sep 28, 2020
Dear Gerd, your gracious review is appreciated, thank you. We are very happy that you enjoyed Mowani.
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Christo W wrote a review Jun 2020
Knysna, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We do on average three tours in Namibia every year with friends and family from South Africa. I see myself as a "pro bono tour guide". We therefore welcomed the opportunity in June 2020 when the country was closed for tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic to scout out some venues that were normally fully booked during the tourist season. The camping site at Mowani was on my list. What a disappointing experience! Despite the fact that we were the only campers, we were assigned a small site where the braai has not been cleaned and the bathroom was also not clean. The mopanie flies made life unpleasant and we asked the guy at the gate if we could go to the lodge for drinks. No campers are allowed at the lodge even though there were only six guests. So we had to drive the ten kms to Twyfelfontein lodge where were were welcomed in typical Namibian hospitality. We enjoyed our drinks in the air conditioned lodge and were even offered use of the pool. We decided to pack up the next morning and forfeit the second night which was fully paid for.At least I achieved my objective to scout out some nice venues for my next tour. Mowani has been taken off the list.
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Date of stay: June 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Stefan Horsthemke, General Manager at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Oct 14, 2021
Dear ChristoW2013, We apologise, for the camp not being up to standard and are sad that we have been taken off the list. Should you want to visit again, we would recommend you coming to stay at the lodge. Kind Regards, Stefan
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JRMJ wrote a review Nov 2022
Dubai
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights at Mowani in November. It is a truly magical spot. The lodge is built high into the rocks in quite a remote spot in Damaraland. It is a small lodge and very peaceful. The views are spectacular, especially the sunsets and the stars. Sundowners on the peak are a must. We were lucky to stay in the mountain suite that has its own plunge pool and the most spectacular uninterrupted views. Everything in the room was top notch. The main pool (the "rock pool"), while not large, is gorgeous. The service was consistently excellent and the food good lodge food. The wine list is well put together with some excellent South African wines at fair prices. There was good Wi-Fi in our suite and the lovely lounge and dining areas, but I do agree with others that in 2022 you should have it in all rooms despite the technical challenges in such a remote location. The lodge and its sister lodge Kipwe are perfectly positioned between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund in the South and Etosha in the North and so a great stopping point. I'd recommend taking two nights so as to have the chance to both go on a drive to see the desert elephants and a trip to see the impressive Twiffelfontein rock engravings.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Beulah Haccou, Guest Services / Front Office at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Nov 22, 2022
Dear JRMJ Thank you so much for taking time to write us your great review. It was only a pleasure hosting you at Mowani Mountain Camp and on behalf of the management team, I would like to thank you for the detailed review posted. We are extremely glad that you took in the beauty of the region and thankful that you managed to relax and "get away" for the two days you were here. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards Beulah
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AnnaBotswana wrote a review Oct 2020
Swakopmund, Namibia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of 3 visited Mowani post-lockdown for a weekend getaway. Since the moment we contacted the booking office it was clear that they employ only the best staff. Everyone was professional and courteous and even made an effort to bond with our 2 year old son. All meals were delicious and the level of comfort and detail in the rooms were mind-blowing. I cannot recommend Mowani highly enough and look forward to returning to this unique and beautiful place.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Storm Napier, Marketing at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Feb 1, 2021
Thank you AnnaBotswana for your comments regarding our staff and look forward to welcoming you and your family back again soon.
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Ingolf T wrote a review May 2021
Windhoek, Namibia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I must say, the location of the camp sites are beautiful... what a view!!!
However there are a couple of things that do not match:
a) The camp site for NAM$ 330 per night per person is overpriced. I am a passionate camper and I have stayed at equal places for much less (own ablution, camp sites far apart = very private)
b) No descend pricing policy - We payed our accommodation in April and had some friends joining us without booking. When they wanted to pay at Mowani, they were told a price of NAM$ 150!! Of course we objected to this. Eventually our friends had to pay the same price as we - NAM 330
c) Not once we saw anyone of the management of the lodge asking us if everthing is fine
d) Our fire place was not cleaned once during our 3 day stay. In fact, we even got a used fire place when we arrived. Also, only one roll of toilet paper during our stay. Ablution block was never cleaned.

COME ON MOWANI - you can do better than that!! Are we campers so much below par??
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Date of stay: May 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best camp sites - 2-7 beautiful view. Camp 4 big enough for group of 6
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Response from Brett Appelgryn, Guest Services / Front Office at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Jul 12, 2021
Dear Ingoltf, Thank you very much for your detailed review. We are indeed extremely sorry about the miss communication and mishap that occurred at your most recent visit. We have addressed the situation and will ensure this does not happen again. We are so thankful for the guests who have visited Mowani camp site as well as Mowani Camp over these past months. We hope to welcomse you back to Mowani in the future one day. Kind Regards
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Thomas P wrote a review Jul 2020
Windhoek, Namibia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The architecture of the whole camp, the layout, decoration and service are exceptionally good and deserve a 5star rating. We stayed in No 1 and the privacy of this superior view room is fantastique. Though we were the only guests due to lock down, we were treated like royalty. We were served excellent food and enjoyed the extras like fingerfood at the sundowner spot, wooden fire and lights around the boma in the evening and professional and friendly service throughout our stay.
Thank you Charmaine and your crew. We felt priviledged and very welcomed.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from S Collins, General Manager at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Aug 13, 2020
Dear Thorpe, thank you for your detailed review, we enjoyed having you stay with us and do hope to see you again soon.
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Jeanette B wrote a review Mar 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Not even the beauty of Damaraland prepares you for what you will find at Mowani.
Mowani is in a league of it's own. I am a seasoned Namibian traveller , but nothing has prepared me for the Mowani factor. The staff are super helpful , they ae there to cater for every need , are courteous without being in your face. Food is excellent . Prepared and served in the dining room with the best ever view.
The accommodation is more than beautiful. Several types of accommodation available. Great settings , spacious and private. All amenities present. The sunset rock , where canapes , cocktails and wine are served at sunset is awesome.
To go with Ziegfried in seach of the desert mountain elephants is a must. It is an early morning 4 x 4 mountaineering challenge, executed with perfection. We saw 5 desert elephant up close. Lots of Welwitchia plants , more than a thousand years old in most cases.
I can wax lyrical about Mowani , the best will be to go and visit them . With owner Andres hand constantly molding Mowani , you are sure to always benefit for his artistic approach. Dane takes care of running the lodge, every single person who work there are there because of their passion and ability to work in the hospitality industry - they do it effortlessly. Thank you to team Mowani for a wonderful experience. We have booked the honeymoon suite as an extra special gift for my cousin who is getting married.
Mowani means place of God - here the name does the place justice. Thank you for sharing your Mowani with us.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Storm Napier, Marketing at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Mar 28, 2021
Dear JeanettebI5934RJ, Thank you for staying with us at Mowani Mountain Camp and for your feedback above. We are so pleased you had the chance to experience our "Mowani Factor" as you put it. We so look forward to having your cousin enjoy their honeymoon with us and to being able to create more 'Mowani Moments and Memories'. We also look forward to having you back with us sooner rather than later. All the best, Mowani Mountain Camp Team
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Josh B wrote a review Apr 2022
Saint Paul, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For ratings context….we were at Okonjima, Mowani, Shipwreck, Pelican Point, and andBeyond Sossusvlei.

The location of this hotel and the scenery that surrounds it make this one of the most beautiful places. We had planned a stop here on the way to the coast merely to break up the trip, but this ended up being one of the biggest positive surprises of our entire trip. If you are looking for a place to relax and get away from it all for a day or two, this is the best.

Important Information: At this point in Namibia, you are now on dirt roads. There are about 20km on C-D class roads at the end of this trip. Also the region is very warm, so plan accordingly! There is a significant difference in the views of some of the rooms, so absolutely pay up for the view rooms. You will not regret it.

How long to stay: 1 – 2 days. The you are near some elephants and old cave paintings, there is not a lot to do here. If you want to just relax and read a book, you could stay two nights.

Rooms (4/5): Absolutely get a room with a view. The “tents” here are very nice, and have thought of most things, but they are on the smaller side and have an open layout with the shower. They also lack AC, which could be hot and makes it a little harder to control the climate.

Location (5/5): The location here, though somewhat challenging to get to, is stunning. This was the one of the most beautiful locations in Namibia and the hotel is perched on the side of a mountain, giving it phenomenal views.

Food (4/5): The food here was good, and the restaurant has a great location. The meals were pretty standard meat and a vegetable. Nothing to complain about, but nothing that had a wow factor to it. Drinks are not included, which, at this price point, I think it would have felt better if they just raised the bill $30/pp and given free drinks/water.

Service (4/5): Very friendly. They were waiting for us when we arrived. A special shout out to Brett and Bongani who really added to our experience!
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Get a room with a view. Its worth the money.
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Response from Brett Appelgryn, Guest Services / Front Office at Mowani Mountain Camp
Responded Apr 17, 2022
Dear Josh B, It was a pleasure hosting you at Mowani Mountain Camp and on behalf of the management team, I would like to thank you for the detailed review posted. We are extremely glad that you took in the beauty of the region and thankful that you managed to relax and "get away" for the two days you were here. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards and safe travels further
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Noemi R asked a question Mar 2023
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions2 helpful votes
How cold does it get in Mid-June? Especially at night? Thank you.
Answer from Stefan
Windhoek, Namibia
The roads are gravel, however if traveled slowly they can be driven with a sedan car.
Weepohster asked a question Jul 2019
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions40 helpful votes
Hi, may i know how i can book? Do you have an email address?
Answer from wdcw
Holmfirth, United Kingdom202 contributions208 helpful votes
I am not allowed to give be email links in replies, but just google mowani mountain camp.
Kevin G asked a question Aug 2018
Oudtshoorn, South Africa104 contributions59 helpful votes
Is it possible to purchase meat packs from the lodge if camping at the site
Answer from GaryParkerManager
Hi Kevin, Unfortunatly we done sell any meat packs at all. The closest towns are Khorihas, Omaruru or Outjo depending on the driection of travel. Regards, Gary.
Sarah O asked a question Aug 2018
Emersons Green, United Kingdom491 contributions174 helpful votes
Are their mosquito nets over the beds?
Answer from GaryParkerManager
Dear Sarah O, No, there are no mosquito nets over the beds as this is not a malaria area. Regards, Gary Parker.
Gareth M wrote a tip Apr 2024
Cardiff, United Kingdom328 contributions283 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Superior view room 4 seems to have the best views if you dont mind being the furthest from reception"
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Roshni N wrote a tip Mar 2024
4 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mini suite but the superior rooms have the view!"
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Cristina dv wrote a tip Jan 2024
Strigno, Italy11 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Require a quite site far from the other"
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UkCorporate_gal wrote a tip Sep 2023
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom62 contributions34 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best to come from Palmwag of Khorixas direction as the road up from Uis is appallingly badly corrugated"
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Terry W wrote a tip Sep 2023
Blue Mountains, Australia56 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do it!"
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$586 - $824 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mowani Mountain Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Mowani Mountain Camp?
Nearby attractions include Damara Living Museum (2.3 miles) and Burnt Mountain (5.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mowani Mountain Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Mowani Mountain Camp?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a desk, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Mowani Mountain Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mowani Mountain Camp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mowani Mountain Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mowani Mountain Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Mowani Mountain Camp?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Twyfelfontein (6.6 miles).
Does Mowani Mountain Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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