Etendeka Mountain Camp
Etendeka Mountain Camp is located in the foothills of the Grootberg Plateau on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert. The ancient basalt in the area has been eroded away to leave a dramatic landscape of flat-topped hills and plains strewn with weathered boulders. The 50,000 hectare Etendeka Concession is in Damaraland, which is home to a number of desert-adapted species. The camp is owned by Dennis Liebenberg who has many years of experience in ecotourism in southern Africa.
Accommodation & Facilities
Etendeka has ten en-suite Meru-style tents, each with an outside ensuite shaded flush loo, hot and cold running water and open-air bucket showers, and a verandah from which to enjoy the view. The camp has a cleverly designed main lodge, built with thick stone walls to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. The lodge has a dining room, bar and lounge, but most meals are enjoyed under the vast Namibian skies. With a maximum of 20 guests at any time, personal attention in a relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed. The camp runs on solar power throughout, and has a small pool to help with hot days.
Wildlife & Activities
Activities include exploring the area on foot and in open vehicles with exceptionally knowledgeable guides. The wildlife here lives alongside nomadic Himba pastoralists and is free to roam. Search for Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, springbok and giraffe as well as desert adapted elephant and black rhino, and reptiles, small mammals, insects and other arthropods. Many of Namibia’s endemic birds occur here, such as Herero chat, Monteiro’s hornbill, Rüppell’s korhaan and rockrunner. An average annual rainfall of around 100mm supports scattered and often thick-stemmed desert-adapted trees and shrubs and varying grass cover making this a unique environment that offers up Namibia’s subtle but worthwhile charms.