Etendeka Mountain Camp
A wonderfully simple little camp, Etendeka's ten tented rooms nestle in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif, in northern Damaraland. The scenery around camp is incredible; towering mountains and deep valleys just waiting to be explored with your guide.
At a Glance
This is an incredible area to explore on foot, there is a strong focus on walking activities at Etendeka
The camp is rustic but very comfortable, there's a truly traditional tented camp atmosphere
Etendeka is proud to have been awarded the highest rank in the Namibian eco-awards
Desert elephant, black rhino, cheetah, lion and mountain zebra, just a few of the diverse mammals found in Damaraland
Enjoy delicious freshly prepared dinners around an open fire under the African sky
Get out and explore on foot with your guide. Walking in the bush opens your eyes to the smaller things that make this environment so complex and fascinating.Scott Dunn team
Taking its name from the ancient Etendeka lava flows of northern Damaraland, Etendeka Mountain Camp is a traditional tented camp in a striking setting. Surrounded by scrub plains, mopane bush and towering basalt mountains, this is a surprisingly rich and diverse environment waiting to be explored. This is a place to come and enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the area, fantastic walking and top guides. What it lacks in terms of luxury it more than makes up for in experience.
There are just ten traditional meru tents, all with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and en-suite, open-air bucket showers. The camp can be described as rustic and with a light impact on the environment, that said the necessary comforts have not been overlooked.
Guests can explore the area by open safari vehicles, but perhaps the best way to connect with this environment is on foot. This is a vast place of towering mountains and stretching plains, it is an arid place, but one that is rich in life. Cheetah stalk along the valleys, and herds of the desert-adapted oryx stay alert to the presence of prowling lion. In the thickets you may find black rhino and desert-elephants covering huge distances in their search for water. There is a small plunge pool where you can cool off during siesta time, providing a welcome relief during the hotter months.
The team at Etendeka are proud of their eco-credentials. The camp makes extensive use of solar power throughout both the staff and guest areas, and has been awarded the maximum five flowers by the Namibian National Eco-Awards Alliance.
Accommodation at Etendeka is 10 meru-style safari tents. Each is linked to the main dining area by natural gravel pathways. All the tents are en-suite with flush toilets, hot running water and open-air safari bucket showers.
Mealtimes are enjoyed in the central dining tent. The chefs prepare simple, fresh and wholesome food cooked using either solar powered ovens or on open fires.
Guests at Etendeka explore this beautiful area of Damaraland on foot or by game-drive vehicle. Search for the desert adapted wildlife which lives amongst the craggy basalt peaks and in the mopani forests along the shady river beds. You will be surprised by the rich diversity of flora and fauna supported by this arid land.
Location & Directions
Etendeka is situated 18km north of Palmwag Lodge on a rough 4x4 track, approximately in the center of the 50 thousand hectare Etendeka Tourist Concession. The Etendeka Concession Area includes the semi-arid area between the eastern and northern watershed of the Grootberg range of mountains, which is part of the western escarpment, and the Sesfontein road in the south and east, and is placed roughly in the central west of Kunene Region.
When to go
All year round destination, although the best time to visit Damaraland is from May to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. The optimum game viewing times are between June and November. The land will have dried out meaning animals must again come to waterholes to drink. Summer (November to April) also known as the rainy season is best time to travel to Damaraland for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.