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Last 5 reviews
Great lodges but very bad atmosphere and staff!
We stayed there for two nights. Fantastic lodge but wow what a rude staff (especially Alex the porter). The place is fantastic, surrounded by big stones, it is unreal and so relaxing. The pool is very small. The lodges are beautiful and comfortable, the toilets should however be renovated. It is really worth taking a room with a view even though it is more expensive. The food was however very bad - the worst of our 2 week trip. One night they pretended serving us Oryx. But it was clearly beef!! Everyone noticed it was ridiculous. Also another negative note: they allow big groups. We had a group of around 20 German people.. very loud.. it is a pity as you want to enjoy the peaceful place. We would have rather chosen a more exclusive place than this factory!! Not recommended!
Great location, no atmosphere, busy restaurant
Stayed 2 nights in a mini suite, all inn. It was strange that you had to bring your wine from room to your table, or bring your gin tonic to the sundowner... Great location, secluded between the rocks. Mini suite was spacious , nice outside shower; Sitting areas gave enough privacy. Why people make a fuzz about tv, wifi or ac, we do not understand , enough the relaxing stay . Only a short walk from room to main area Restaurant is open and gives a nice panorama; Can get crowded what we don't like. No real cosy feeling, especially when there are groups around. We asked to eat outside by the fireplace, and that was fine . Food was good and the service fine. Trip to desert elephants is worth it, but trip to Twyfelfontein is not that great. For is it was a nice stay, but the place is too big, too busy in the restaurant, as we prefer smaller lodges who offer more the out of Africa feeling.
Mowani campsite is providing nice views from all locations that are situated between rocks that provide you the needed shade and privacy. The donkeys are fired up by the camp personal. Camp places are clean as are the private ablutions.
Loved this place
Stayed at Mowani in June 2019. The desert elephant trip with Rosie was the star of the show. Not far behind were the petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, sunset cocktails, the food and service, the view from the room, the view from the restaurant, walking the hills, impeccable service, klipspringers under the room. No laundry because of the drought (we approved of this choice). It's cold at night (hot water bottles are supplied) and early morning excursions need warm clothing. Would go back like a shot.
One of our favourite lodges
We stayed in early July this year, so were contending with cold, not heat, at night. We loved the place - the "hike" to the room mentioned below (sounds like we had the same room) was fine - I, incidentally, also had a damaged knee - torches worked well, and we would have felt confident asking to be accompanied if we had felt it necessary. The room was excellent, with indoor and outdoor showers, delightfully secluded and had a great view from the balcony. Hot water bottles were provided. The elephant drive with Rosie was fabulous and we found Twyfelfontein impressive. The surroundings of the Lodge are beautiful, the staff very friendly (think we had the same waiter as the one mentioned below for his love of banter!). We stayed in several other upmarket lodges, some more upmarket than Mowani, but this was very much a favourite to which we would return. It wasn't perfect - wifi was absent, the dining room could be cold... - but the food, wine and service were excellent! We just can't understand travellers who absolutely require a/c (scarce in Namibia), televisions and individual plunge pools yet who book hotels which make it clear that they do not offer these facilities. Nor do we understand travellers who seem unmoved by the drought problems as long as they have their laundry done!
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