Etosha Mountain Lodge

A room with a view

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 Private Reserve on the southwest border of 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 seven, 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, a former hunting concession, and one 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; watch all the action at the waterhole in front of camp; hop on a night drive with some of the best guides out there; and, of course, track endangered rhino, the icons of the area.

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NAD 3680

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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 seven 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 high populations of the elusive and majestic beasts.
  • Have your cameras at the ready for throngs of antelope and trumpeting herds of ellies as you game drive through the reserve.
  • 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

  • 7 chalets: 6 twin and 1 family
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers and bathtubs
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes (in the main area)
  • Battery charging facilities: in the main area & in room
  • Credit card facilities available (Visa & MasterCard only)
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children of all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, most activities, minibar drinks, and a laundry service, 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 Private 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.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged on request.

Location

Etosha Heights is a 600-square kilometre wilderness on the border of Etosha National Park, and the area plays an important role as a buffer for the park. Wildlife and human conflict, particularly in such border areas, is a real threat to the lion population, and the species is monitored as part of a larger lion conservation initiative, the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project. The black and white rhino are also closely monitored by the highly professional ‘Protective Wildlife Game Ranger’ team; their highly effective anti-poaching work is impressive to see, and very few places have such a dedicated ranger team.

Back at camp, just about everything runs from our 100Kwp solar plant, keeping things clean and green (but we do have a back up generator too for those unavoidable emergencies).

 

 

When To Go

Etosha Mountain Lodge is open year round, and although there is no bad time to go, each season brings its own quirks and charms – and sometimes a few challenges too! In the dry winter season of May to September, the abundant waterholes across the plains begin to dry up, and the grass slowly fades into dust. Water is scarce and animals congregate around the few remaining sources, making for some seriously awesome game viewing; simply park next to a waterhole, and wait for the action to come to you.

Unlike the majority of ‘safari’ Africa, rainfall in Etosha in scarce. When the drops do fall (likely to be in the summer months of October to April), the thunderstorms are short but dramatic. Gradually, fresh grass sprouts through the cracked, sun-scorched earth and the waterholes begin to fill. Whilst this is excellent news for the wildlife, it can make the animals slightly harder to spot as they spread out over a large area. We’re not afraid of a challenge at Natural Selection, however, and our expert guides know exactly where and when to find the animals, at all times of year. And when you do find them, the backdrop of glossy, green grass and fresh, rain-cleared air makes for fantastic sightings. It’s also worth noting that it can get a little hotter at this time of year, and game drives depart earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon to avoid the searing heat of the day.

 

Logistics

A number of international carriers offer direct flights to Windhoek from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa and Doha. When you arrive in Windhoek, you will switch to a light aircraft and fly to the airstrip for Etosha Mountain Lodge. We also offer flights between Etosha Mountain Lodge and our other camps and lodges in Namibia, Shipwreck Lodge and Hoanib Valley Camp – please contact us for more details.

Alternatively, you may drive to Etosha Mountain Lodge. The lodge is 470 km from Windhoek, 150 km from Outjo, 97 km from Kamanjab and 320 km from Hoanib Valley Camp (Sesfontein). We offer road transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with a guide, or you may self-drive to camp in a 4×4 (please note that the roads are not suitable for sedan cars). Self-drive guests will be directed to the lodge by security when they enter the main concession gate. Please enquire for directions or download them here.

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 seven 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 high populations of the elusive and majestic beasts.
  • Have your cameras at the ready for throngs of antelope and trumpeting herds of ellies as you game drive through the reserve.
  • 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

  • 7 chalets: 6 twin and 1 family
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers and bathtubs
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes (in the main area)
  • Battery charging facilities: in the main area & in room
  • Credit card facilities available (Visa & MasterCard only)
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children of all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, most activities, minibar drinks, and a laundry service, 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 Private 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.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged on request.

Conservation

Etosha Heights is a 600-square kilometre wilderness on the border of Etosha National Park, and the area plays an important role as a buffer for the park. Wildlife and human conflict, particularly in such border areas, is a real threat to the lion population, and the species is monitored as part of a larger lion conservation initiative, the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project. The black and white rhino are also closely monitored by the highly professional ‘Protective Wildlife Game Ranger’ team; their highly effective anti-poaching work is impressive to see, and very few places have such a dedicated ranger team.

Back at camp, just about everything runs from our 100Kwp solar plant, keeping things clean and green (but we do have a back up generator too for those unavoidable emergencies).

 

 

When To Go

Etosha Mountain Lodge is open year round, and although there is no bad time to go, each season brings its own quirks and charms – and sometimes a few challenges too! In the dry winter season of May to September, the abundant waterholes across the plains begin to dry up, and the grass slowly fades into dust. Water is scarce and animals congregate around the few remaining sources, making for some seriously awesome game viewing; simply park next to a waterhole, and wait for the action to come to you.

Unlike the majority of ‘safari’ Africa, rainfall in Etosha in scarce. When the drops do fall (likely to be in the summer months of October to April), the thunderstorms are short but dramatic. Gradually, fresh grass sprouts through the cracked, sun-scorched earth and the waterholes begin to fill. Whilst this is excellent news for the wildlife, it can make the animals slightly harder to spot as they spread out over a large area. We’re not afraid of a challenge at Natural Selection, however, and our expert guides know exactly where and when to find the animals, at all times of year. And when you do find them, the backdrop of glossy, green grass and fresh, rain-cleared air makes for fantastic sightings. It’s also worth noting that it can get a little hotter at this time of year, and game drives depart earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon to avoid the searing heat of the day.

 

Logistics

A number of international carriers offer direct flights to Windhoek from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa and Doha. When you arrive in Windhoek, you will switch to a light aircraft and fly to the airstrip for Etosha Mountain Lodge. We also offer flights between Etosha Mountain Lodge and our other camps and lodges in Namibia, Shipwreck Lodge and Hoanib Valley Camp – please contact us for more details.

Alternatively, you may drive to Etosha Mountain Lodge. The lodge is 470 km from Windhoek, 150 km from Outjo, 97 km from Kamanjab and 320 km from Hoanib Valley Camp (Sesfontein). We offer road transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with a guide, or you may self-drive to camp in a 4×4 (please note that the roads are not suitable for sedan cars). Self-drive guests will be directed to the lodge by security when they enter the main concession gate. Please enquire for directions or download them here.

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, whilst the dainty herds of antelope are never far away. And of course, such a bounteous bevy of ungulates means predators, and there are lion, cheetah and even leopard lurking in the shadows and in the hills.

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

Founded in 1999, Etosha Heights is one of the largest private reserves in Namibia, sharing a 65 kilometre border with the famous Etosha National Park. The reserve offers a robust 600 square-kilometres of unspoiled wildlife, landscapes, and tranquillity; truly a place to reconnect with nature and escape the modern stresses of life. The savannah is punctuated by pods of mopane woodland, thick, riverine forest and those iconic waterholes, attracting animals from far and wide.

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

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