Etendeka Mountain Camp Etendeka Mountains
AccommodationAt Etendeka Mountain Camp everything revolves around the fantastic environment and its preservation. Nature is the main focus; the camp is kept simple and functional without sacrificing atmosphere and comfort. The food is delightfully fresh and is partly prepared on the open fire - nowhere in the world does it taste better than beneath the starry African sky.
Ten guest tents with outdoor bathrooms, bucket showers (hot and cold) and great mountain views serve as accommodation. Owner Dennis and his guides pass on their passion to their guests in a relaxed and honest way. The entire camp is solar powered; if you are looking for an eco-lodge worthy of the name, it is Etendeka Mountain Camp.
The two simple walking camps (River Camp & Hill Camp) can be visited as a stopover on a longer hike. Camp beds with duvets and pillows are placed on covered platforms and offer some basic comfort. A private bush shower and toilet are part of your «room» under the stars. The roof can be removed for an unobstructed view of the starry sky.
LocationEtendeka Mountain Camp sits on the foothills of the Grootberg massif in a private 55,000 hectare concession. You will be the only visitors to this area for miles around, because only guests of Etendeka are allowed here.
Self-drivers park their rental vehicle at Palmwag Lodge and are picked up at 4pm for the 18km trip to camp. The transfer takes about 1.5 hours.
WildlifeWith a little luck you encounter elephant and black rhino. Oryx, mountain zebra and giraffe occur quite frequently. Lion, hyena and leopard also live in the area but are naturally more difficult to find.
Etendeka is less about animal sightings. The focus is on the region’s fantastic landscape, solitude, conservation, the interesting geological structures and of course the experience on foot.
ActivitiesThe typical Namibian basalt desert appears at first to be a tough place for flora and fauna. It is all the more surprising to discover that there is a significant number of animal and plant species to be found in this barren environment. Etendeka Mountain Camp’s guides share their in-depth knowledge with guests on extended walks and game drives in the concession.
For those who like to hike, the walking camps are recommended. River Camp can be reached from Palmwag Lodge in about 1.5h. From there, a hiking trail leads across the plains and up an impressive hill, where Hill Camp offers fantastic views into a valley (5-hour walk). On the third day you hike around a rock massif and finish your walk at Main Camp (5h).