Namibia: places to stay
4 WONDERFUL PLACES TO STAY IN NAMIBIA
1) Mowani Mountain Camp
From the moment you arrive at Mowani, you will be spoiled with the services and attention of the excellent staff, who will go out of their way to make your stay as unique and enjoyable as humanly possible. Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and admiring breathtaking views.
Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Mowani’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.
Activities in Mowani Mountain Camp:
- Visits to Twyfelfontein, with its wealth of ancient rock engravings, and the wonders of the Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest are within easy driving distance of Mowani/Kipwe.
- Elephant and Dune drives (+/- 4-6 hours in the morning) to explore the area with your knowledgeable guide - searching for the rare desert adapted Elephants
- Nature walks in the areas surrounding the camp to explore the smaller details of the bush up close and personal
- Lounging by the pool, or relaxing on your private deck is also a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular surroundings.
2) Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is located in the Purros Conservancy, 55km from the skeleton coast and around 200km south of the Kunene River in the north of Namibia. Described as one of the last true wilderness areas, the Kaokoveld is home to the nomadic Himba tribe as well as uniquely desert adapted elephant, lion, black rhino and giraffe.
The lodge, in the Purros Conservancy area, is a no risk malaria destination and can be reached by 4x4 vehicles. Alternatively a 2 ½ hour flight from Windhoek in a small aircraft will take you to our landing strip, which is located approximately 5 minutes from the lodge.
Explore the true untouched wilderness area of the Purros Valley in an open safari vehicle and discover the area’s bountiful surprises in terms of wildlife. Game drives take you through lushly vegetated riverbeds and scraggy mountains, home to a versatile and adapted flora and fauna. You might catch sight of the rare desert adapted elephants and lions as well as various antelopes, giraffes and even black rhino. Activities include nature drives in the mornings and afternoons, night drives, morning walks and visits to the local Himba village. Sundown cocktails and special breakfasts in the most spectacular settings can also be organized.
3) Onguma Game Reserve
Combine the coolness and romance of a Moroccan kasbah with the African bush, a waterhole and a view of Fischer's Pan and you have an inkling of the allure of The Fort at Onguma. Long curtains blow in the breeze, the candles are lit around the central reflection pool in the courtyard and the fresh African wind carries the promise of rain from the far horizon.
The Fort consists of 12 mini Suites, all situated adjacent to the Main Fort extending on both sides to the south and the north. Every mini Suite is completely private and about 50 metres apart from one another and is equipped with a bar fridge, telephone and an air cooling system for those warmer days. The spacious bathroom has both an inside and outside shower area. From every area of the room, wooden decks lead you towards the outside seating area where sun loungers invite you to enjoy the extraordinary view.
4) Wolwedans Dune Camp
Positioned on the edge of a 250-metre high dune, Wolwedans Dune Camp sleeps 12 guests in a totally pristine setting. The spacious en-suite tents are pitched on wooden platforms, imparting a rather civilized camping experience. The camp provides a more down-to-earth, yet stylish, experience. It has an unparalleled natural charm, which courts the young and more adventurous traveller.
The tents are pitched on wooden platforms and are comfortable and spacious, including a private bathroom. A generous deck allows for safe sleep-outs under the stars, imparting a rather civilized camping experience.
The main tent houses a lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen where you can chat to the desert chef, while he prepares lavish meals. Enjoy a cold drink around the campfire on the sundowner deck, where fellow travellers can be met and stories of the day will make their rounds in true African tradition.
The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era… Dune Camp requires a minimum stay of two nights and a day-safari with picnic lunch en-route is part of the package.
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