Mowani Mountain Camp: The Lowdown

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It’s a rough road to Mowani Mountain Lodge, but it’s forgotten the minute you walk in. Views are utterly breathtaking (even for Damaraland) and the design extraordinary, as rooms almost vanish into the boulders.

What’s Mowani Mountain Camp really like?

Ludicrously pretty. Mowani has thirteen lovely rooms, mainly twin-bedded, though Mowani can happily convert these into a double if we ask them nicely. The Standard Rooms are lowest down in the valley and look out over the
boulders, View Rooms are a little higher up, and most stunning of all are the four Superior View Rooms. As Mowani is quite rocky and rooms are pretty spaced out, there is also one Luxury Room, close to the main area, with a small deck overlooking the valley. This is a double room, and good for people who don’t want to walk too far. For an extra treat, there’s a mini-suite with a fabulously romantic outdoor shower (a little chilly to say the least in winter, but so worth it for admiring Damaraland’s stunning starscapes). Mowani also has air-conditioning in the suites only-a welcome addition on Namibia’s baking summer days. Finally, for the ultimate hideaway, the mountain suite is utterly private, and has one of the best bathrooms-with-a-view we’ve seen in a long time. And butler service, naturally.

What can I do at Mowani Mountain Camp?

Guests at Mowani can book on to drives to search for the desert elephants- these normally take place in the mornings before it gets too hot for the poor old ellies (not to mention the guests in the game-drive vehicles!). In the afternoons Mowani runs trips out to the rock painting at Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes, though if you’re self driving you can also do this under your own steam.

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