Damaraland’s rugged outcroppings and ancient riverbeds have inspired the imagination of many adventurers. In the heart of this severe and singular world, Mowani Mountain Camp is tucked among the rocks, a luxurious refuge for the explorer in us all.

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On the approach, Mowani Mountain Camp all but disappears into the landscape. Designed with utmost sensitivity to the ecosystem around it, the camp blends human occupation into the natural world as seamlessly as possible, so that guests can experience the wonder of this special place.

Like the animals of this arid land seeking prospect and refuge among the boulders, Mowani offers wide, sweeping views from optimally shaded, conditioned spaces that maximize both comfort and spirit. Taken from the word “M’Wane,” Mowani means “place of God,” and just one morning watching the sun dance over the valley will show you how well the lodge lives up to its name.

Mowani is made up of 13 en-suite rooms, each set as their own private, thatched-roof dwelling, and views toward either the surrounding valley, or nearby hilltops. Two luxury suites are built in the same style, with more space and outdoor bathrooms in addition to the en-suite facilities. In this ultimate seclusion, the thrill of an outdoor shower can be an exhilarating way to commune with nature. The luxury suites also have private dining decks, so that you can enjoy a sunset drink, and move right into dinner under the stars.

The main dining room, as well as the lounge and bar, overlook the waterhole, perfectly positioned to maximize your chance of a casual encounter with the local wildlife. The region surrounding Mowani Mountain Camp is the southernmost range of the black rhino and desert elephant.

While you will want to reserve at least one afternoon to enjoy the views from the comfort of the pool and lounge decks, Mowani is located with exploration in mind. Spend your days with an expert local guide tracking elephants among the dunes, or visit Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see cave etchings and spectacular formations.

The area all around the property is perfect for light nature walks at any time, and you know that refreshment is but a few steps away back in your personal retreat.

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