Mowani Mountain CampDamaraland / Namibia
Mowani Mountain Camp is a luxurious resort set amid spectacular ochre boulders in a stunning desert landscape. With just 15 luxury rooms and suites it provides the perfect retreat from which to explore the geological and archaeological wonders and unique flora and fauna in southern Damaraland.
What to love
- Watching the rocks change colour as you enjoy a sundowner on top of the huge boulders as the sun sets.
- A morning spent tracking the rare desert elephants in Damaraland is an unforgettable experience.
- A refreshing dip in the rock framed swimming pool whilst admiring the magnificent scenery.
- Spectacular geological formations, archaeological sites and unique desert flora and fauna abound in this stunning region of Namibia.
What to know
- Sustainable eco-tourism and community upliftment is of the utmost importance at Mowani which supports a variety of conservation efforts and community projects.
- Secluded amongst the boulders, the luxurious guest rooms are decorated in African style and open on to wooden decks that provide stunning views of the Damara landscape.
- The luxurious Mountain Suite includes private dining and butler service and even has a bush bath and shower with a view.
- Book a hot air balloon flight for a bird's eye view of the spectacular scenery.
Amid the heat and dust of the stunning desert landscape of Damaraland lies Mowani Mountain Camp. Dwarfed by massive boulders at every turn, this luxurious retreat is absorbed into the magnificent landscape and guests are invited to relax amid the beautiful natural surroundings.
Surrounded by breathtaking views at every turn, accommodation is in 15 thatched rooms and suites that are carefully spaced amongst the boulders to ensure privacy. The resort features an outdoor pool and a sun terrace on which guests can relax with a good book and soak up the scenery and at sunset guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable sundowner atop the boulders.
However if relaxing and taking in the magnificent landscape is not enough, there is a range of activities on offer. Mowani’s local guides give guests an intimate insight into local traditions and ensure that guests are able to fully appreciate the spectacular geological wonders and the wildlife which includes rare desert dwelling elephants, springbok, gemsbok and jackal. Guests can also visit the historical site of Twyfelfontein a rare example of San engravings and paintings and Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.
When to travel
The best time to visit Damaraland is between May and September when the temperature is cooler especially at night and rainfall is at a minimum. June to November are the optimum months for game viewing, when the animals search for waterholes in the dry landscape. The wet season arrives in November and generally runs through until April and this is the best time for bird watching.
Mowani Mountain Camp is located in the Twyfelfontein area of western Namibia. Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between the Ugab and the Huab Rivers, Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location – perched high on a rocky outcrop, nestled amongst large granite boulders and overlooks the gravel plains and mountains beyond.
To reach Mowani you can take a light aircraft flight from Windhoek International Airport (approx. 1 hour 45 minutes). Alternatively, i Mowani is approx. 4 to 5 hours drive from Windhoek.
Children are welcome at Mowani however children under 6 years are not permitted on scheduled game drives activities unless a private vehicle is booked. Although there are no special activities for children there is plenty for families to explore in this fascinating region.
Activities: Guests are invited to join Mowani’s local guides in a range of activities that give guests an insight into local traditions, and the fantastic geology, botany and wildlife in the area. Activities include guided nature drives through the dunes in search of the elusive desert elephant, nature walks in the surrounding bush through magnificent scenery and excursions to Twyfelfontein.
Bushmen Art at Twyfelfontein: This World Heritage site contains more than 2,500 rock engravings of animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant and even rhino some of which are nearly six thousand years old. There are also wonderful San paintings, many of which represent the short stature of the San bushmen.
Desert Elephant Safari: Track the unique desert elephant on foot with knowledgeable guides and learn more about how they have adapted to life in their harsh natural environment. The elephants are able to travel great distances between feeding grounds and water holes and they have learnt to dig holes in dry riverbeds to find water.
Rhino Tracking in Damaraland: Damaraland is home to the largest concentration of the endangered Black rhino outside a national park. Set out in the early morning, accompanied by an experienced rhino trackers and see other interesting wildlife including kudu, oryx, klipspringer and even the rare desert elephant - on the way.
Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain: This fascinating geological site is the remains of molten rock which pushed through the Earth’s surface 125 million years ago. The basalt slabs resemble Organ Pipes some of which stand five metres tall. Just a short walk from here is Burnt Mountain. In the early mornings and late evenings sun rays turn the rock purple and red giving the impression the mountain is on fire.
The Petrified Forest: This national monument contains fossilized tree trunks that are approximately 300 million years old.
Cots are available on request.
Please note: It is worth baring in mind that the resort is set amid rocky boulders with no safety rails and there are some dangerous drop offs. Children need to be supervised or aware of the potential dangers.
Children aged 13 years and above cannot share with adults or stay in children’s tents and will be charged the full adult rate.