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Located north of the commonly visited Twyfelfontein area of central Damaraland, Etendeka is in the wilder, less-visited area of northern Damaraland, one of our favourite parts in all of Namibia. It is a place of graveled plateaus, rolling whalebacks, giant boulders and an exciting density of wildlife.
It is easily accessible on a self-drive trip around Namibia, although it is so remote you will leave your car at the nearby outpost of Palmwag and enjoy a 16km transfer to the camp along the 4WD track. It is just the start of the exploration and wildlife viewing experience on the 400-kilometre squared Etendeka Concession.
The vast concession is a very successfully collaboration between the local Omatendeka and Anabeb communities and tourism parties, which results in the conservation and management of this important area. Days are spent exploring on foot and in open game drive vehicles. The walking is a particularly special aspect of the days spent at Etendeka, pioneered by the Dennis and Bonny Liebenberg who run the camp and know every aspect of the area extremely well, from its wildlife and flora to its history and geology.
Do not expect big game in this part of Damaraland or constant wildlife action but treat any sighting as a bonus to an already special experience exploring this landscape. That side, one of the delights of this area is that you never know quite what you might see, from giraffes, springbok, oryx and to zebra to desert elephants, rare black rhino and perhaps even rarer desert lions and cheetah.
The focus of the camp is to make the most of the nature around it and it has a wonderful eco-friendly, rustic feel while being very comfortable and with a few luxury touches.
The tented camp is made up of 10 tented suites reached by sandy pathways from the central main area. The whole footprint of the camp fits seamlessly into the environment and seems as though if it was removed you would hardly know it had been there. The spacious tents contain either double or twin beds, depending on the configurations, complete with fresh, high quality linen. There is an open-air bucket shower as well as hot and cold running water. Large canvas windows welcome the outside in and provide a view of the awe-inspiring landscape from every room, enjoy a coffee on your private deck every morning as you watch the sun peep over the horizon and Damaraland come to life.
The main is equally rustic but functional with a central, communal dining area, campfire, bar and lock out deck. There is even a small swimming pool, more suited to cooling off than completing any lengths but welcome, nonetheless.
The facilities at Etendeka Mountain Camp include ten tented suites, communal dining room, guided walks and 4x4 nature drives, swimming pool.
All meals are included and generally take the form of heaty, home-cooked fare served communally in the main area. Depending on the time of year of your visit there might also be options for open-air dining.
Along with many carbon-saving initiatives at the lodge such as solar hearing and lighting the entire area benefits the surrounding community. The 400 kilometre squared Etendeka concession is a Join Venture Tourism agreement between the Omatendeka and Anabeb Communal Conservation, Big Sky Lodges and Dennis Leibenberg. Therefore staying at the lodge and the revenue from tourism on the concession directly benefits the people of these Conservancies who live in remote and isolated bordering the northern boundary of the concession.
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