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Creuse, France
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Way off the beaten track, far from any shops or water supply, this is one magical self catering camp. The welcome, and smile is genuine from the manager, Kiku, who, despite all the hardships of running a camp where every item has to be brought in from hundreds of miles away, manages, to keeps a good camp. One of the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

we were on safari with Kunene conservancy Safaris and Garth Owen Smith as our guide. he and Margaret Jacobsen were the driving force behind this project,The lodge enjoys the most amazing elevated position, you get sunrise and sunset from first to last. The staff are outstanding, rooms clean and plenty of hot water. A stunning lounge and terrace overlooking the... More 

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Newcastle, UK
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35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

When you arrive after driving up the access road the view takes your breath away. Because the camp is on a ridge you get views from both sides (from the chalets and from the main area). The photos don't quite do it justice - stunning. Accommodation is clean and functional, though the fly-screens are a bit pointless as there are... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

Situated within the Orupembe Communual Conservancy, this architect designed guest lodge clings to a remote mountain top. The Lodge is part of Namibia's community tourism initiative and is owned by the semi-nomadic Himba people, some of whom occupy the surrounding valleys below, herding cattle and goats as they have done for centuries. The lodge consists of 5 en-suite chalets, each... More 

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Cape Town
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85 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

This tented lodge is set high-up on a mountain with each of the en-suite elevated tented chalets offering stunning views across the plain and mountains. Although the access road is a little bumpy and steep which requires a 4WD vehicle it is worth staying here. The main stone and thatched building houses the dining area, lounge, outside kitchen (with communal... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014

I agree with "trekking66" about "Petro B" review. It's almost like we went to two different places... Etambura is a remote place in a remote country. It's not easy to get there and if you do decide to visit this part of Africa, you need a good map and a good sense of direction and most of all you need... More 

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Perpignan, France
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9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

When reading the review of "Petro B", I really wonder! for myself, I totally agree with the person writing "tented camp" is an unfair description. It is not easy to get to Etambura, this is sure. But what a reward once you are there! We did not expect such a beautiful place, the view is breathtaking, the design of the... More 

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Pretoria South
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51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

I expected this to be the highlight of our 9000 km trip. Unfortunately there are too many aspects that detracted from this. HOW DIFFICULT COULD IT BE TO PUT UP A COUPLE OF SIGNS ALONG THE WAY???? We came from the direction of Puros on the D3707 (which in itself is severely lacking in ANY decent directions to show the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2013

An international group had joined Garth Owen Smith and Conservancy Safaris for a two week safari of his Arid Eden and to visit community conservation projects in the Kaokoveld. We had already reached our goal, the Kunene River on the Angolan Border and were heading south again. We had been camping for a week, had covered over 1,000 kms on... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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96 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Getting here is a challenge if you aren’t with a guide with a Land Rover. Run by Kunene Conservancy Safaris this imaginatively styled lodge perched on a hill is a unique experience. Original, comfortable, cabins overlook the surrounding valleys offering stunning sunrises & sunsets. Given everything has to be brought in, the astonishingly high level of service and food is... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Etambura, Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp is situated in Orupembe Conservancy on top of one of the highest hills above the holy plains of Onjuva where livestock and springbok peacefully graze together. Etambura is the ideal place to relax. Etambura has five canvas and thatch chalets (one of which is wheelchair friendly), each with its own private deck extending from the hill and into the beyond, conjuring illusions of “stepping into air”. The twin bedded rooms are comfortably furnished and provide a wonderful retreat. Each bathroom, built either into the surrounding marble outcrops, or artfully created so as not to encroach on the endemic flora, has its own charm. Bed linen and towels are provided.Built on a wooden platform and, in some cases, on stilts, each unit is positioned to optimize the view. Lie in bed and be dazzled by an incredible sunrise. At night follow the path of the stars across a cobalt sky. Observe the skittish rock hyraxes sunning themselves on jagged rocks, listen to the calls and discover a world of birds that thrive in this environment. ... more   less 

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Address: Onjuva, 8255, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Kunene Region > Kaokoland
Number of rooms: 5
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Every room has spectacular views”
  • View of communal area
  • View from communal area
 of 5 bubbles Mlindaanne, 24 Nov 2016 | Read review
“they are all individual and great with amazing bathrooms set in the rock”
 of 5 bubbles Brewster90, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Room No 1 couldn't be bettered.”
 of 5 bubbles Grogsblossom, 20 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Room 5 is the most private and furthest from the main lodge”
  • View of elevated rooms
  • Rustic en-suite bathroom
  • Side view of tented room
  • Bedroom
 of 5 bubbles TravelProCapeTown, 1 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Depends if you are a sunset person or a sunrise one... All rooms have amazing view and are far from one another.”
 of 5 bubbles YaeliGr, 25 May 2014 | Read review
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