Between a rock and a really chilled out place
There are certain places on the planet that transport you to a state of awe, where nature has not let humans get the better of it. In Twyfelfontein – dubbed “the uncertain spring” for its unreliability to give water – nature has preserved cave etchings from 27,000 years ago. Many kilometers from any town Mowani Mountain camp resides among the rounded terra-cotta rock formations.
After hours of driving through the beautiful landscape of Damaraland I arrived at a sandy crossroads with a little sign telling me to turn left in the middle of nowhere. Following the “road” with a weird feeling that there is no possibility of life anywhere around this area I found the a small gate and the entrance to this enchanting place.
Right in-between the gigantic ochre boulders are the huts, the restaurant and even the pool so it feels as if it’s actually part of the land leaving all the beauty of this prehistoric place intact. The design is intended to fit in with the surrounding area. Natural materials are mainly used to build each hut/room with the colors reflecting nature around me.
Try to get a room with a view, which is incredibly stunning especially when you wake up in the morning and take the first steps out onto your balcony. But even the standard rooms have a view and if you truly want to experience a once in a lifetime sundowner follow the steps up to the viewpoint and bring your camera.
From there my personal favorite hotspot at Mowani is just a stone’s throw away – The Pool – A place where I could relax and take a dip in the cool waters surrounded by an unforgiving yet mesmerizing desert. There is nothing quite like this anywhere in the world where a huge boulder is leaning dramatically over you.
The restaurant provides you with delicious local food and game and if you are interested in activity trips (game watching, dune walking and so on) the team at Mowani will cater to your every need.
The trip to Twyfelfontein is absolutely doable by your own car even if your are not driving a 4×4 and there a tour-guide (definitely needed) will take you around the area.
I have to say – I truly loved staying here but who wouldn’t. So if you are looking for a the perfect place to be one with nature close to prehistoric carvings, well – This is it!!!
Telephone:+264 61 232 009
GPS:S20°C30′ (287) , E014°C25′(339)
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