Mowani Mountain Camp
Fulfil your Star Wars fantasy in this silent moonscape setting
Mowani Mountain Camp
Damaraland in north-west Namibia is an ancient, boulder-strewn landscape of heat, dust and extraordinary beauty. This is the middle of nowhere, so finding tranquil Mowani Mountain Camp, tucked among the giant ochre rocks, is a real surprise. The lodge's organic design has earned it an architectural eco-design award, and the interior decor combines elegance, earthiness and tranquillity. The accommodation is spacious and comfortable, the food is great, the game drives are rewarding and you could lose yourself in the views. Desperate for some peace? You'll find it here in spades.
At the lodge
Beyond the eco-glam reception area (check out the washrooms) is a rustic yet modern dining area where all three meals of the day are served (dinner is a fabulous four-course affair). There's also a seating area for post-dinner chats. Outside, a short climb leads to a rocky platform on which sundowners are served. There's also a small pool. The general design is organic and in keeping with the environment, with lovely colours and textures adding a homely feel. No wi-fi.
Secluded among the boulders are 13 en-suite guest rooms, all with views of the valley or the hills, and two luxury suites with indoor and open-air bathrooms, a lounge and a deck for intimate meals. All are thatched and canvas sided, with uninterrupted views from all corners – the bed, the deck or, of course, the daring open-air bath and shower. The beds are huge and the sitting room is beautifully furnished with African accents. There are also seven campsites.
Game drives with local guides who explain the people, geology, botany and wildlife of the area are a must. Take a four-to-six hour morning drive to explore the dunes and look for elephants, hook up with a guide and investigate the landscape on foot, visit the rich rock art gallery at Twyfelfontein and the Organ Pipes rock formation. Or lounge beside the pool or on your private deck.