Etendeka Mountain Camp
Refreshing Plungepool Out in Nature
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Out in Nature

Etendeka Mountain Camp

Etendeka Mountain Camp is situated 18km north of Palmwag Lodge on a rough 4x4 track and approximately in the centre of the 50 thousand hectaire the Etendeka Tourist Concession. The Etendeka Concession Area includes the semi-arid area between the eastern and northern watershed of the Grootberg range of mountains, which is part of the western escarpment, and the Sesfontein road in the south and east, and is placed roughly in the central west of Kunene Region.  Etendeka Montain Camp has been operating for 21 years and in February 2012 Etendeka Lodge Company entered into a 20 year joint venture agreement with the Omatendeka and Anabeb Conservincies for the lease of the concession and the rental of fixed assets that belong to the concervancies. The land is state land but is also communal land and accessable as controled marginal grazing area for communities to the north. 

Country

Namibia

Highlights

Your days here are spent exploring the area on foot and in open game drive vehicles with the exceptionally knowledgeable guides. This is not a fast paced safari, but rather a privileged introduction to an environment that holds many of Namibia’s unique natural attractions.

Need to Know

  • Scheduled transfer details: Pick-up transfer meeting point at Palmwag Lodges parking at 16h00 (summer time) and 15h30 (winter time).
  • We regret to advise that the camp is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
  • The philosophy of the development of Etendeka Mountain Camp has been primarily focussed on conservation, from how we drive our vehicles to what we drink at the bar. Least disturbance of the local habitat is top of the list. In 2008 EMC obtained the highest rating of 5 flowers awarded by the Eco Awards of Namibia in recognition of our efforts. 

 

 


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Desert adapted wildlife forge a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and Mopani-shaded rivers beds of the Kunene region. This apparently unforgiving landscape is actually refuge to a diverse number of plant and mammal species. Desert elephant and black rhino share boulder strewn valleys with watchful cheetah and thundering herds of oryx. Dew darkened game trails show the heavy track marks of lion and the mountain zebra they hunt. Scorpions prowl between volcanic rock shards and snake eagles drift through the warm afternoon breeze.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

The transfer to the Camp usually takes an hour and a half and provides an introduction to the area and the guide will explain briefly the geology, fauna and flora and some general details about the concession. 

A short ‘sundowner walk’ is offered in the afternoon after arrival at the camp where guests get the opportunity to walk up a hill behind the camp to get a better idea of the spectacular setting and location of the camp.   

 The morning activity is a guided three to three and a half hour nature walk. The distance is between 4 and 6 km with lots of discussion and interpretation. Conservancies are an important subject with the value of the conservancy to the local communities being explained.   

The scenic drive in the afternoon allows guests to travel to other parts of the concession and to have a better opportunity to see the wide varity of animals that have adapted to this harsh environmnet. All activities are accompanied by a guide; vehicles are restricted to the regular tracks and walks follow routine paths.  

After dinner your hosts, Dennis and Bonnie, will point out some of the more interesting constellations, stars and planets with the aid of a ‘star pointer’ and a telescope. With minimal light and air pollution in this area, star gazing is a treat to the eye.   

AccommodationAccommodation

In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, set amidst magnificent scenery and the ancient Etendeka lavas of northern Damaraland, the ten en-suite Meru tents. The tents have been fitted with luxury mattresses and 100% cotton linen. The traditional open-air "bucket" shower still holds pride of place with the en-suite bathrooms.   

Average StayAverage Stay

A minimum 2 night stay at Etendeka Mountain Camp is recommended. 

Arriving guests are met at the pickup point situated at Palmwag Lodge, where secure parking is provided, and transferred by game viewing vehicle the 18km to the camp. This limits the number of vehicles using the concession tracks. The transfer usually takes an hour and a half and provides an introduction to the area and the guide will explain briefly the geology, fauna and flora and some general details about the concession.

At the camp, guests are shown to their tents after an introduction to the camp and how to best enjoy their stay. Guests are advised of animals moving through the camp and that they are wild and not to be approached.  

A short ‘sundowner walk’ is offered in the afternoon after arrival at the camp where guests get the opportunity to walk up a hill behind the camp to get a better idea of the spectacular setting and location of the camp.

The morning activity is a guided three to three and a half hour nature walk. The distance is between 4 and 6 km with lots of discussion and interpretation. Conservancies are an important subject with the value of the conservancy to the local communities being explained.   

The scenic drive in the afternoon allows guests to travel to other parts of the concession and to have a better opportunity to see the wide varity of animals that have adapted to this harsh environmnet. All activities are accompanied by a guide; vehicles are restricted to the regular tracks and walks follow routine paths.  

After dinner your hosts, Dennis and Bonnie, will point out some of the more interesting constellations, stars and planets with the aid of a ‘star pointer’ and a telescope. With minimal light and air pollution in this area, star gazing is a treat to the eye.   

For guests staying three nights or longer there is the opportunity to drive to the top of Crystal Mountain. Once up the mountain guests will explore on foot, one is not sure whether to enjoy the spectacular view or look down at the amazing collection of semi-precious stones and crystals found scattered across the land. 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

2017 RACK RATES

VALID FROM 01 JANUARY 2017 TO 31 DECEMBER 2017

Rack Rate (Full Board basis) 

Per person sharing per night: N$ 3 155.00 (incl. VAT & Tourism Levy)

Per single person per night: N$ 3 945.00 (incl. VAT & Tourism Levy)

Full Board includes:

·    Accommodation in eco-friendly tented bungalows

·    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Local Drinks

·    Afternoon tea and coffee

·    Guided nature walks

·    Guided scenic drives

·    Transfer from / to pick-up point

Children PolicyChild Policy

Much of the charm of Etendeka lies in its tranquil wilderness setting and may therefore not always be appreciated by all children. It is a condition therefore that adults accompanying children take full responsibility for the conduct and safety of their children.

  • Children 12 years and under, sharing with 2 full paying adults, pay 50% of the quoted adult tariff.
  • Children 8 years and under: We regret that the camp is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.      

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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