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Mowani Mountain Camp

Damaraland, Namibia

Twyfelfontein was Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s only a short distance away from Mowani Mountain Camp. The animals depicted in its prehistoric paintings - elephant, springbok and jackal - still roam the local area and frequently wander into camp.

Mowani’s secluded rooms and suites are tucked between huge natural boulders. The award-winning architectural design is sensitive to the surroundings in its profile, shape and materials. The thatched en suite rooms are graced with uninterrupted views across the ochre expanse of the valley. Terraces and open-air bathrooms give life to the views themselves, as you stand and absorb the sounds and smells.
 
The Mowani team takes sustainability very seriously, which is vital in this delicate desert environment. The design of the buildings is conducive to natural cooling, indigenous plants have been planted around the site and the chef grows many of the vegetables and herbs he needs for meals in the kitchen garden. The watering hole has recently been expanded to accommodate larger elephant herds: you’ll see up to 18 elephant at a time when they stop by the lodge for a refreshing, mid afternoon drink or dip.