Etosha Mountain Lodge

Overview

Along with good wine, cheese, and the founders of Natural Selection, some things get better with age – and Etosha Mountain Lodge is one of them. Located in the exclusive Etosha Heights Reserve, just outside Etosha National Park, the lodge has been going strong for over 10 years and we’re delighted to have taken the reins, ready for the 2018 season. We’ve got plans for a small facelift, and we’ll be primping and priming the chalets and the main area in due course. What we can promise you is eight, safari-chic chalets, all with 180 degree, camera-loving panoramas of the wilderness, a beautiful main ‘lapa’ area, and a cool swimming pool for the hot, Namibian days.

And the activities certainly won’t disappoint either. Think morning and afternoon game drives in the private reserve, which was formerly hunting concession, and which we are pleased to be rehabilitating into a photographic safari area. Go out in search of big cats and watch for signs of elephant on the horizon, enjoy midday visits to the waterhole hide in front of camp and night drives and walking safaris with some of the best guides out there; and, of course, tracking endangered rhino, the icons of the area.  The reserve also boasts one of the most impressive and professional anti-poaching stations in Namibia, which can be visited and experienced first hand.

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From $ N3,500 PER PERSON

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Details, Details

Why Book this Camp?

  • Etosha Mountain Lodge is a well-established lodge that will be primped and primed and ready for some serious safari action in 2018.
  • With only eight chalets, this is the perfect lodge for small groups and families to book privately for the most personal of safaris.
  • Track endangered black and white rhino in an area that’s renowned for its high populations of the extraordinary beasts.
  • Enjoy game drives in Etosha Heights Private Reserve as well as day trips into nearby Etosha National Park.
  • Lace up your walking boots for a guided bush walk.
  • Enjoy the peace and solitude that comes from staying in a private reserve, far from tourist crowds – and any other people for that matter!

 

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 chalets
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers and bathtubs
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes
  • Hairdryers: no
  • Battery charging facilities: in the main area & in room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, and most activities (with some activities at an extra surcharge), but please note the different rate options available, and their inclusions and exclusions. Please enquire with us for details!

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Etosha Mountain Lodge is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

 

Activities

  • Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives in the privacy of Etosha Heights Reserve, and track elusive black and white rhino whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the big cats.
  • Who says the action stops when darkness falls? Take a guide, add a powerful spotlight, and you’ve got the opportunity for an excellent night game drive.
  • Explore the private reserve on foot and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Namibian bush, away from the thrum of the engine.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged on request, along with full-day excursions to Etosha National Park nearby.
  • Visit one of the most impressive and professional anti-poaching stations in Namibia.

Location

Etosha Heights is 150,000 acres of stunning wilderness on the border of Etosha National Park, and plays an important role as a buffer for the park. Here, lion are monitored as part of a larger lion conservation initiative and rhino are closely monitored with a state of the art, professional Special Wildlife Ranger team. Their highly effective anti-poaching work is impressive to see and very few places have such a dedicated ranger team. As for the lodge, an impressively large bank of solar panels keeps things “green” and ticking along here.

When To Go

The different seasons bring very different experiences to Etosha Heights, and each has its own charms and challenges. During the winter season (May to September), the land shrivels and dries, and the grass all but disappears. Waterholes slowly evaporate into the crisp, clear air, and animals congregate around them, searching for the little water that remains. The result? Fantastic game-viewing, that’s iconic, easy and prolific.

Then come the summer months of October to April. It’s officially the rainy season across most of sub-Saharan Africa, but actual rainfall is scarce in Etosha Heights. When it does rain, it’s brief and dramatic, and spectacular thunderstorms transform the landscape into bright shocks of green. Higher grass and fuller waterholes make game viewing a little harder during this time of year, but you can still expect to enjoy a diverse cast of the animal kingdom.

As temperatures go, winter highs peak around 30 degrees, but mostly hover in the mid 20s. It does get cold at night, and the mercury has been known to drop below zero – but nothing a cosy sweater and a roaring fire can’t handle. In summer, the average daily highs can sometimes go beyond a stonking 40 degrees.

Camp Story

Etosha Heights is all about spectacular views, and the builders of Etosha Mountain Lodge certainly had this in mind. The lodge site overlooks vast plains and hills in every direction. It was the first lodge to be built in the reserve, and was built specifically for private groups. In the renovation, we plan to keep the cosy feel of the lodge but expand even more on those epic views too!

Why Book this Camp?

  • Etosha Mountain Lodge is a well-established lodge that will be primped and primed and ready for some serious safari action in 2018.
  • With only eight chalets, this is the perfect lodge for small groups and families to book privately for the most personal of safaris.
  • Track endangered black and white rhino in an area that’s renowned for its high populations of the extraordinary beasts.
  • Enjoy game drives in Etosha Heights Private Reserve as well as day trips into nearby Etosha National Park.
  • Lace up your walking boots for a guided bush walk.
  • Enjoy the peace and solitude that comes from staying in a private reserve, far from tourist crowds – and any other people for that matter!

 

At-a-Glance

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 8 chalets
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers and bathtubs
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes
  • Hairdryers: no
  • Battery charging facilities: in the main area & in room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children aged 6 years and older
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, and most activities (with some activities at an extra surcharge), but please note the different rate options available, and their inclusions and exclusions. Please enquire with us for details!

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Etosha Mountain Lodge is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

 

Activities

  • Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives in the privacy of Etosha Heights Reserve, and track elusive black and white rhino whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the big cats.
  • Who says the action stops when darkness falls? Take a guide, add a powerful spotlight, and you’ve got the opportunity for an excellent night game drive.
  • Explore the private reserve on foot and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Namibian bush, away from the thrum of the engine.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged on request, along with full-day excursions to Etosha National Park nearby.
  • Visit one of the most impressive and professional anti-poaching stations in Namibia.

Conservation

Etosha Heights is 150,000 acres of stunning wilderness on the border of Etosha National Park, and plays an important role as a buffer for the park. Here, lion are monitored as part of a larger lion conservation initiative and rhino are closely monitored with a state of the art, professional Special Wildlife Ranger team. Their highly effective anti-poaching work is impressive to see and very few places have such a dedicated ranger team. As for the lodge, an impressively large bank of solar panels keeps things “green” and ticking along here.

When To Go

The different seasons bring very different experiences to Etosha Heights, and each has its own charms and challenges. During the winter season (May to September), the land shrivels and dries, and the grass all but disappears. Waterholes slowly evaporate into the crisp, clear air, and animals congregate around them, searching for the little water that remains. The result? Fantastic game-viewing, that’s iconic, easy and prolific.

Then come the summer months of October to April. It’s officially the rainy season across most of sub-Saharan Africa, but actual rainfall is scarce in Etosha Heights. When it does rain, it’s brief and dramatic, and spectacular thunderstorms transform the landscape into bright shocks of green. Higher grass and fuller waterholes make game viewing a little harder during this time of year, but you can still expect to enjoy a diverse cast of the animal kingdom.

As temperatures go, winter highs peak around 30 degrees, but mostly hover in the mid 20s. It does get cold at night, and the mercury has been known to drop below zero – but nothing a cosy sweater and a roaring fire can’t handle. In summer, the average daily highs can sometimes go beyond a stonking 40 degrees.

Camp Story

Etosha Heights is all about spectacular views, and the builders of Etosha Mountain Lodge certainly had this in mind. The lodge site overlooks vast plains and hills in every direction. It was the first lodge to be built in the reserve, and was built specifically for private groups. In the renovation, we plan to keep the cosy feel of the lodge but expand even more on those epic views too!

Accommodations

We’re giving Etosha Mountain Lodge a bit of a facelift, and we’ll have more updates for you when we’ve finished picture-hanging and cushion-plumping. For now, we can tell you that there will be just seven comfortable chalets, all with ensuite bathrooms, indoor showers and enormous bathtubs, perfect for sinking into after a busy day wildlife-watching. A bright and breezy ‘lapa’ area is the feature of the camp, and under the thatch, you’ll find the restaurant and bar, as well of plenty of sitting areas, just waiting for a sundowner cocktail. There’s also a well-stocked wine cellar, a curio shop and a swimming pool. And no matter where you to choose to relax, the panoramas stretching ahead are magnificent; think dramatic skies, vast plains, and wildlife wandering to and fro, right in front of your eye.

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Wildlife

On first glance at the vast, imposing desert-scapes of Etosha Heights, you might be forgiven for thinking that there wasn’t very much there at all. But (happily!), you would be wrong. Hop on a game drive, and you’ll find elephant crashing through the trees, and kudu and springbok scattered across the savannah. On foot, you’ll come eye-to-eye with inquisitive bushbuck, and the dainty herds of antelope are never far away. And of course, such a bounteous bevy of ungulates means predators, and you’ll find lion, cheetah and even leopard lurking in the shadows.

If there’s one animal that dominates memories at Etosha Heights, it’s the white rhino. The endangered giants amble between the private reserve and nearby Etosha National Park, ears twitching and tails flicking, and leaving unmistakable footprints in the dust. When darkness falls, head to the waterhole and watch them come to drink for a truly spine-tingling sighting.

 

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The Landscape

Etosha Heights Farm Reserve is a 600 square-kilometre private reserve, situated close to the infamous Etosha National Park’s southwestern border in northern Namibia. It’s a dry and dusty yet totally captivating land, scattered with pods of mopane woodland, salt pans and riverine forest. Throughout, the silence and solitude that pervades is poignant. Down here, the wildlife is as magnificent as it is in the national park, and there’s one key difference too. Access to the reserve is carefully restricted (to humans, not animals!), making for exclusive and totally private wildlife experiences, free from tourist crowds and bulging 4x4s. Just our kind of place.

Located within the private reserve, Etosha Mountain Lodge is perched on the side of an iconic dolomite hill. Close enough to the national park for day drives and excursions, the lodge still feels private and exclusive – and wait until you see the views.

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