Alone in the middle of a park of 50,000 hectares
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Found in a pristine region of Namibia, the Etendeka Concession is truly incredible. This park is a not fenced area and is fortunate to host a wide variety of endemic and other plant and animal species, it is home to all the large mammals that are indigenous to this free ranging habitat. If you want a real wildlife experience this area is one for the bucket list.
Etendeka does not offer the traditional game viewing experience on the 50 000 ha conservancy but rather an authentic engagement with nature and this remote wilderness. There is no management of wildlife. Animals are free to move in and out of the area depending on the time of year, their movements driven by food and water.
On this beautiful piece of land in the middle of majestic rugged mountains you can find the Etendeka Mountain Camp. The camp has been designed to fit into the landscape both aesthetically and environmentally. It is clear that the most important feature at Etendeka is nature itself. The philosophy of the development of Etendeka Mountain Camp has been primarily focused on conservation, from how they drive their vehicles to how they cook their meals. Minimal disturbance of the local habitat is top of the list. The camp is rustic, simple and inviting.
The tents are super comfortable, and the focus on preserving the local environment is amazing. An eco-friendly open-air “bucket” shower with hot and cold water adds to the bush experience. The camp runs off solar energy and the tents and bathroom have solar lighting. The camp maintains a small footprint and works with a dedicated team from the community.
The view out over the valley and distant hills from the tent are breathtaking. It is simple comfort in a rugged and harsh landscape and although the views from your bed are inspiring, it's when you step outside you will get the overwhelming sensation of being one with nature. Also at night with minimal light and air pollution in this area, star gazing is a treat for your eye.
Last but not least, the stunning pool overlooking the mountains provides a welcome treat after a full day of exploring the area. On booking.com Etendeka Mountain Camp gets an average rating of 8.9.
Best time to visit
With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, Namibia is truly a sunny place. Summer is from October to April and temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104º Fahernheit) which fall at night to cool levels. Average monthly temperatures range from 20 º C to 34º C (68-93° Fahrenheit) in summer. Average minimum winter temperatures range between 6°C and 10°C (43-50 ° F) at night and and average winter day temperatures between 18°C and 22°C (64-72°F). The rainy season is from October till April. The best time to visit would be from April til May or September til October.
How to get there
Damaraland is easily reached by any car on good roads. Arriving guests are met at the pickup point situated at Palmwag Lodge 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.