Mundulea Nature Reserve
Expertly Guided Hiking & Walking - Namibia
Mundulea Nature Reserve is situated just 2hrs south of the Namutoni Gate of Etosha National Park, in the Otavi Mountains. It is set in 120 kms² of prime, unspoilt bushveld, in the Karstveldt region, south-east of the town of Otavi. This beautiful landscape has rugged hills, steep gorges and a vast network of caves and underground lakes.
Mundulea is an ideal destination for tourists who perhaps have had enough of driving around the country on a variety of self-drive or set tours, and who would relish the opportunity to get out of their vehicle, and experience the wonders of an expertly guided 3 night / 4 day walking trail instead (stays of different lengths can be arranged).
The reserve is owned and run by Bruno Nebe, one of the best guides in Namibia. His intimate knowledge of Namibia's flora and fauna, is combined with an unbelievable detailed understanding of geology, geography, archeology, not to mention a wide spectrum of Namibia's political and economic issues. Many trekkers enjoy his relaxed and unpretentious guiding style, a claim that is supported by his loyal following of repeat visitors, including a significant number of families.
Mundulea offers relaxed, expertly guided walking trails combined with environmental exploration. It is a unique opportunity to see and learn first-hand how the eco-systems which support Namibia's vast biodiversity of animals, birds, plants, trees, reptiles and insects really work. You choose what to you want to see or do each day.
This beautiful Nature Reserve was established at the turn of this century to protect and conserve the biodiversity of this very special area, and it is named after a beautiful purple flowering bush (Mundulea servicea), (said to have medicinal and magical properties!) and a favourite food of the eland and kudu.
Antelope species in the reserve include large herds of eland, wildebeest, kudu and oryx, with hartebeest, waterbuck, Damara dik-dik and warthogs fairly common. Giraffe and springbok, once plentiful in the area, are gradually being re-introduced. Recent arrivals include the endangered black-faced impala and a small group of tsessebe. Predators such as leopard, cheetah, hyena, honey badgers, jackal, serval and lynx, aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared foxes and pangolin can also be spotted. There is plenty of birdlife for ornithologists as well, including raptors and owls.
The bush camp at Mundulea was completely redesigned during 2008. Great care has been taken to create a camp which blends attractively into the surrounding bush, which is both peaceful and quiet, with the added attraction of being close to an intriguing waterhole! Visitors arrive by self-drive vehicle (transfers to and from Windhoek and Swakopmund etc can be arranged) and they will be taken to the bush camp by separate driver-guided transport, with safe and secure parking for vehicles left at the farmhouse.
The camp is used as a base, and expeditions set off from here on long day-walks, (or shorter depending on the groups aims and abilities) and if desired can stay at an outreach camp; Bruno's flexible programme provides enough adventure, variety and interest for all levels of proficiency.
Energy at Mundulea Nature Reserve is supplied by solar power, with spirit lamps and candles adding to the romance and charm of the camp. The ambiance of the bush camp is enhanced with hot water heated by individual 'donkeys' using bush wood from alien / invader tree species.
Nourishing and hearty meals are cooked on an open fire, and are eaten at an outdoor dining area, on a stunning wooden dining table! Breakfast is usually quite light before heading out for a walk. (Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, rusks, yoghurt, home-made bread, honey and fruit juices.) On return to camp, hikers can look forward to a big brunch, (eggs, bacon and sausage etc.) There are light lunches of cold meats and cheeses, salad and home-made bread, often followed by apple pie or a similar sweet. Imaginative suppers are cooked around the camp fire, cooked in a range of styles from Thai to Mexican, but all with a Southern African slant. Over 3 nights, there is at least one fish dish and one of game, (mainly kudu, eland or oryx) and they also cater for vegetarians. There are always cool drinks/bottled water and beers/wines to compliment your meal. Quite a feast by all accounts and many of their guests comment on the high standard of bush catering at Mundulea Nature Reserve!
The accommodation consists of 4 large, tented rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, mosquito nets, (with insect repellant at hand) and a spacious stoop, with chairs and a view of the surrounding bush. These tents are private and distinct, and are connected to the main dining area by a series of wooden pathways. Particularly impressive are the environmentally sustainable showers, constructed using former gas cylinders, which enables the shower water to be heated by burning wood from scrub clearance.
The real attraction here though is the top quality walking, with the opportunity to explore the bush with one of the best safari guides in Africa. Small creatures are not forgotten, (such as the orb web spider) and Mundulea provides a refreshing change from long hours of driving, punctuated by lodges and hotels. Many of their visitors plan their visit towards the end of their holiday (perhaps your last stop before heading back to Windhoek).
An added highlight of the reserve is the great views from the relatively modest hills nearby, over the Central Highlands south towards Waterberg Plateau, and north towards the Otavi Mountains. A perfect spot for sundowners!
Mundulea Nature Reserve. Dare to be different! Highly Recommended!
- Days 1, 2, 3 and 4: Mundulea Nature Reserve
- Mundulea offers relaxed, expertly guided walking trails combined with environmental exploration. It is a unique opportunity to see and learn first-hand how the eco-systems which support Namibia's vast biodiversity of animals, birds, plants, trees, reptiles and insects really work. You choose what to you want to see or do each day. Highlights include:
- Mundulea's dolomite and limestone mountains. They contain fathomless caves and potholes, deep gorges and underground lakes. Ancient Leadwood trees, marula's, wild figs and white syringa, (which provide vast shade canopies,) are just part of the wide variety of plants, trees and bushes found on the reserve.
- Game sightings include eland, kudu, oryx, hartebeest, Damara dik-dik, steinbok, duiker, klipspringer and warthog. Predators such as leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, jackal, serval and lynx are all present in the area and have been sighted on several occasions during walks.
- The peace and pace of the trail also affords superb opportunities for birding - some 260 species are found on the reserve, including raptors and owls.
- And finally - a black rhino bull called 'Hooker.' He is one of 5 black rhinos at the reserve and is the last remaining example of the sub-species Diceros bicornis chobiencis.
Mundulea Hiking is situated south of Otavi. Turn east off the B1 onto the D2809 and the entrance is a further 10 km on the southern side of the road. The farmhouse is 10 minutes drive from the gate. They will expect you soon after lunchtime.
Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia
Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a realxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders
Initially a christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves nearby are well worth a visit
Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge
A convenient stop close to Otavi
Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and olympic sized pool in Tsumeb
Situated near the centre of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.
A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.
Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide
10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi
An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation
Situated 20km west of Tsumeb
Between Otavi and Tsumeb.