Camp Kipwe is located in a superb position in Damaraland, making it a great base for exploring the southern region and all it has to offer whilst making the most of the panoramic views over the rocky kopjes, valleys and hills.
Etendeka Mountain Camp
Located on the open Etendeka lava plains, Etendeka Camp is a small, rustic ecolodge surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Run by owners Dennis and Claire Leibenberg, the emphasis here is on a no-frills stay that focuses on immersing yourself in the nature around you. The camp has a traditional feel, with guests staying in simple tents featuring open-air bucket showers. The small number of tents means each guest can enjoy a personalised service and relaxed atmosphere, both at the camp and on the game drives and walks offered by the knowledgeable guides.
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Accommodation is in en suite meru tents, each of which is connected by a pathway to the main tent. Rustic in style, they feature flushing toilets and outdoor bucket showers that maintain the property’s low-impact theme. Their neutral colours also help them to blend into the natural surroundings. The comfortable beds feature cotton linen, while the electric lighting is powered by solar energy. Windows in the side of the tents allow for plenty of natural light and ventilation.
The lodge is set in the foothills of the Grootberg massif within the 400 square kilometre private Etendeka Concession. The surrounding area is home to good populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartman’s mountain zebra, giraffe, springbok, kudu and oryx, as well as prolific birdlife. The camp is unfenced and accessed by 4x4 along a rugged road. Etendeka’s private airstrip is 20 minutes from the camp.
Food and drink
Meals are simple, fresh and wholesome, cooked on open fires to be enjoyed beneath the stars. Continental breakfasts are served each morning, followed by lunch and afternoon tea between game drives. Dinners are two courses, and there’s a well-stocked bar serving a variety of beverages, with sundowners being an integral part of the bush experience.
Facilities and activities
The camp is simple in terms of facilities, but the focus here is on exploring the surrounding wilderness. You’ll head out in open game drive vehicles, led by a friendly guide who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the area’s wildlife and plants. You can also go on guided walking safaris to gain a different perspective of the bush, or climb a nearby hill to enjoy scenic sundowners.
Environmental and social responsibility
Etendeka Mountain Camp is a true ecolodge, with almost all of its energy needs being generated through solar panels. It is one of just a handful of Namibian camps to have been awarded the highest rank in the Namibian Ecoawards. All on site plants are indigenous to the area. The people in the Omatendeka and Anabeb communal conservancies hold the exclusive concession rights for the Etendeka Concession, with all profits from the concession directly benefitting the local people living in these remote areas.
‘Etendeka’ means 'layered hills', reflecting the surrounding landscape. Rustic in style, Etendeka nevertheless delivers a first class experience, offering what we believe to be some of the best guiding in Namibia within beautiful natural scenery.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring Damaraland. There is a swimming pool where you can enjoy a sundowner drink and view a Namibian sunset.
Damaraland Camp is a comfortable lodge in a remote and wild area. The surrounding scenery is stunning. Due to the community involvement the staff are particularly friendly and have a real passion for the area in which they have grown up.
Rhino Camp is comfortable and luxurious with high standards throughout. With only a handful of tents, guests are assured of personal attention and a really authentic safari atmosphere.
Set in a wonderfully scenic location surrounded by grassy plains, red cliffs and towering mountains, Doro Nawas Camp offers a characterful base from which to explore the area’s wildlife and the nearby ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein.
Grootberg Lodge is the first conservancy-owned lodge in Namibia, empowering the local community and encouraging conservation over poaching. Set high on the hillside, it offers some of the finest views in the country and its rock and thatch chalets provide comfortable, rustic accommodation.
Huab is somewhere to go for a few days and relax. The bungalows are very comfortable, the food is good and activities gentle and enjoyable. We recommend it for a stay of at least two nights.
Mowani Mountain Camp has been beautifully and thoughtfully constructed. It is very peaceful and relaxing and from pretty much everywhere in camp you get outstanding views.
Although large the lodge is excellent value for money and a good base from which to explore southern Damaraland.