Links to articles about Mundulea:

London Independent newspaper about Mundulea Nature Reserve

Gill Charlton from the Telegraph: "A stay at Mundulea is all about gaining a greater understanding of the environment..."

The National: Girls gone wild in Namibia - Gill Charlton

The Sindney Morning Herald - Traveller: Four Wheels and Wilderness

Bug game hunting - Steve and Ann Toon for Travel Africa magazine
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Links to blogs and travel sites:

Feedback from our guests:

From: Peter M. Chapman 

Sent: 30 September 2015 01:30 AM

Subject: First of three photos


Hi Bruno, we had such a wonderful time with you, Cai, and the two Tommies at the Bush Camp. Thanks again. Here is the first of three photos as promised.
To Cai - many, many thanks for all you have shown and taught us. We were very lucky to have you as our guide and mentor…
Best, Peter

Peter M. Chapman, PhD, Fellow SETAC


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 25 September 2015 06:01 PM

Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr James Forster x 3 They arrived on: 8-Aug-2015 They left on: 11-Aug-2015

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They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

A truly special and unique place. Clearly reflecting the character and interests of its creator the camp was full of fascinating improvisation from the fire extinguisher bread oven (We want one!) to the lead wood baboon proof chairs!

We learnt so much and it was an absolute delight and privilege to share for a brief while Bruno's interests and experience. Is there anyone in Africa he doesn't know? From guides we had in Zambia five years ago, to canoeists in Swakopmund, to someone I last met in Swaziland 49 years ago! A slightly less luxurious camp than some of the true glamping affairs but perfectly thought through to provide a very comfortable stay.

Probably the best food we had in a trip full of fabulous meals - thank you Tommy (and Tommy 2 for the campfire entertainment)!

One small word of warning - it was the only place where it was really quite cold at nights (being slightly higher than elsewhere). Be prepared and have a magical time!

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

From: lars Heurgren 

Sent: 19 September 2015 

Subject: Fantastic!


Dear Kate and Bruno,

We had lovely days with Burger and are very very satisfied. The camping tour was our top experience during our stay in Namibia. Thank you so much and please say hello from us to Burger. We hope that we can return to your beautiful country in some years...

All the best to all of you,

Lars, Mona, Peter and Catherine


From: Dave Patterson

Sent: 11 September 2015
Subject: thanks…


Hello Bruno,

We have been back home for a couple of weeks now and are reminiscing about the wonderful trip we had to Africa. …

Thank you again Bruno for the wonderful time we had at Mundulea. It was a great introduction to Namibia and Africa. We thoroughly enjoyed the hikes and conversations. You have a very special place and project at Mundulea. …

Cheers,

Dave


From: Mathews, Stuart 

Sent: Friday, September 4, 2015
Subject: Many thanks


Hi Bruno

Belated thanks for a very special few days at Mundulea. Everyone really enjoyed it, not only the wilderness, but also the lively conversations and thought-provoking views. You have some interesting choices to make (and keep making), none of which seem straightforward. If you know of any books which deal well with these issues please let me know…

Best wishes
Stuart


From: Thierry Colin
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Subject: Thanks


Hello Bruno,
We made it back to New York City. Hard to believe that 1 week ago, we were rambling through the bush with you and camping by negative temperatures.
Another kind of jungle and game here!

Thank you again for a wonderful experience and a great discovery of your beautiful country.

Danke sehr!

Jean & Thierry


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 07 September 2015 06:48 PM

Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Ms Fiona Lewis x 4 They arrived on: 26-Aug-2015 They left on: 29-Aug-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Loved this place, we were the only people staying here and it was heavenly. Walking instead of being in a jeep.

The incredibly knowledgeable Bruno walked us around spotting tracks and animals. Morning walk followed by great lunch, another afternoon walk so quite energetic. Great feel for the surroundings. Camp perfect, hot shower, hot water bottles.

Watched animals at the waterhole in a hide for ages, it was a privilege to be here. Good meals too, supper punctuated by Tommy the porcupine making an entrance.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

Below is a long response (with lots of descriptions and photos) posted earlier this year by one happy traveller

http://sharalynlovesanimals.com/2015/01/03/sandwich-harbor-4x4-tour/


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 20 August 2015 04:59 PM

Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Aashish Dhakad x 2 They arrived on: 31-Jul-2015 They left on: 3-Aug-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

After staying in ultra-luxurious lodges for a week, we were a little worried about heading to Bruno's back-to-basics camp. However we realized shortly after arriving that it was going to be an unforgettable 3 days.

Bruno is the key here - he is so passionate about his work that it's contagious. We were so happy to get out and move after 1 week of eating and sitting that our days at Mundulea were a perfect way to stretch our legs in the middle of our trip.

This place is exactly as advertised and I would highly recommend!! (our cave exploring adventure is one of the best memories from the entire trip!!)

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Selina Luchsinger
Sent: 09 August 2015 03:47 PM

Subject: greetings from Switzerland


Dear Kate
Just wanted to let you know, that we enjoyed our trip to the dunes with Mike tremendously!
And yes, the four days at the bush camp were a highlight of our trip.
Best wishes (we just got home this morning - and I'm still more there than here…),
Selina


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 20 July 2015 11:32 AM

Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve
Mr Mark Stockton x 2 They arrived on: 26-Jun-2015 They left on: 29-Jun-2015

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

It was a real privilege to be able to stay here. For those who are interested in or already know something about ecology, geology and/or natural systems, a visit to Mundulea is wonderful. It is an opportunity to see a unique attempt to restore an ecological system, and to discuss the processes and interactions both large and small. We valued the opportunity to learn from Bruno, whose mix of knowledge and experience makes for very interesting discussions on a range of topics, not just on the things we could see around us. Mundulea would not be everybody's cup of tea - for example, whilst Mundulea is perfectly comfortable, for the money it would be possible to have a more luxurious or opulent stay in a lodge or hotel elsewhere.

The tents we stayed in were comfortable and we liked that the fixtures and fittings had been ingeniously made from recycled materials. The tent and outdoor bathrooms did get extremely cold (it was unusually cold when we were visiting - well below freezing - but it is a fairly good bet that it will get cold here and other places at night at this time of year)- hot water bottles were provided but still visitors should ensure they pack thermals for evenings and nights. We were colder here than anywhere else. The food we were served was really tasty and all the more impressive because we could see how it was being ingeniously cooked over one fire.

We visited Mundulea early in our trip, which meant that we hadn't seen much of the wild plants or animals that we would have had we already visited Etosha or other areas. However, Bruno did a good job of not making us feel too ignorant (well.. most of the time!). The way he challenged us to interpret what we found on our walks was really stimulating, it's a really good way to learn. Although we did see lots of interesting 'big' animals, it was nice to be able to discuss and explore less obvious but equally interesting flora and fauna. We also had quite a lot interesting discussions about geology, reflecting our interests.

Compared to other places we found it refreshing to be able to walk and explore, rather than sitting in a car or following a prescribed route (as was necessary for other places we visited in central - north Namibia).

The private road within the reserve up to the farm house was a little rough with some vegetation between the wheel tracks which was a little too much for our Toyota Corolla hire car. Indeed, when leaving the reserve we damaged the undercarriage of our car despite driving at close to a snail's pace. We would recommend to prospective guests at Mundulea that a standard saloon car is not suitable to access the reserve.
(Note from Bruno: we are sorry that this happened. We graded the farm road carefully the following day and now it is fine to drive even a saloon car along the way)

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as: Excellent
Rooms as: Good
Service as: Excellent
Food as: Excellent
Activities as: Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 29 June 2015 02:23 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Nick Foster x 2 They arrived on: 15-May-2015 They left on: 18-May-2015. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
This camp is very different and exciting. Location is magical: a proper camp set right in the bush. No contact with the outside world except satellite phone. Walking only guided by Bruno who has a huge amount of knowledge of the surroundings and wildlife. Cooking is over an open fire. Tents have solar powered lighting and an open shower-hot water in the evening and luke warm in the morning.
The "basic" feel about this accommodation may not suit everyone but for us this was a wonderful experience which we will remember with great affection forever. The combination of walking, being actually in the bush, excellent guiding and the waterholes were fantastic.
One suggestion: we think it would be a good idea to have a charging point if that were possible.
 
When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
 
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Good

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 08 January 2015 12:05 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Hilary  Dunn x 2 They arrived on: 10-Oct-2014 They left on: 14-Oct-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
As ever we had a wonderful few days with Bruno learning more about the whole ecosystem, and the progress of all Bruno's hard work trying to restore the area to what it had once been, before it was a cattle farm.  We managed plenty of walking while Bruno taught us much about what we saw along the way.  And although,  as is the nature of these things,  you are not guaranteed to have game sightings, we drew the lucky straw on this occasion and saw plenty.  Including an eland calf just a few days old.  Whilst  we were there on one afternoon and evening we listened to and watched a lightning storm, which brought with it some early rain which was torrential and which lasted several hours.

The food was excellent (Soya Milk was provided) and much time was enjoyed in the evening round the fire & dinner table discussing Bruno's plans for Mundulea and learning more about Namibian life and the country.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 13 November 2014 11:51 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Martyn Rendle x 2 They arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 They left on: 7-Oct-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
We spent three night here at the end of our Namibian trip and had a marvellous time.  Bruno is an impressive  and entertaining interpreter of the landscape and wildlife - and not as restricted in walking as he ought to have been given that he had broken a bone in his foot days before we arrived.
After a lot of driving and viewing big game earlier in our trip, it was good to get more walking and to focus on the smaller birds, animals, plant life and landscape in a setting which is changing so significantly as part of Bruno’s “re-wilding” process.

The camp itself is fun - with leadwood {baboon proof} furniture and an incredible array of recycled equipment in the open kitchen and boma. The lively and educational conversations over dinner and around the fire were as good as the walks and helped make the stay memorable.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent

Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

From: Expert Africa
Sent: 04 September 2014 02:37 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Tracy Williams x 2 They arrived on: 11-Aug-2014 They left on: 14-Aug-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
A great experience and very special place to stay.
No luxuries but we didn't expect them however the beds were comfy and the en-suite, fitted with animal skulls and a turtle shell for a soap dish was great.
Food was some of the best we had with Bruno and Tommy creating miracles with a camp fire.
We were so lucky that no other people had booked while we were there so had Bruno all to ourselves. His knowledge and enthusiasm is unrivalled and for anyone interested in the whole ecology of Namibia and not just the 'big five' it is a wonderful, educational three days.
Need to be hardy as five hours walking in the heat during the morning was quite tough but it was worth it. The evening walk of two or three hours was easier though avoiding the acacia trees was a full time event!
 
When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
 
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Good
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


 
From: Carlos Christiaens
Sent: 11 August 2014 01:25 PM
Subject: For Bruno

 
Dear Bruno,
 
I wanted to thank you for our wonderful stay in Mundulea.
We really enjoyed , thought a lot about our talks and walks afterwards.
We learned a lot of new things about Namibia, the animals , geology.
And we definitely want to come back, one day J
Maybe we can plan our next trip already !
Bye bye, we wish you much succes with your wonderfull project and hope to meet you again !
Carlos, Katrien and Mattijs from Belgium 


From: Expert Africa
Sent: 04 August 2014 04:25 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Richard Bennett x 2 They arrived on: 19-Jun-2014. They left on: 22-Jun-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
It was a real treat to spend time in the bush with Bruno. When we arrived we were whisked off to observe the rescue, tagging and release of a very rare pangolin, an animal we would never otherwise have seen. This was followed by 3 nights in bush camp with Bruno and Tommy (who looked after the camp and cooking), walking and learning about anything and everything to do with Namibia. Although we did not see many animals while walking, there were many tracks and traces.
 
Bruno’s knowledge of plants, animals, geology and politics is exemplary and he takes obvious pleasure in sharing this.
The only slight criticism is that the walks sometimes seemed to be rather lacking in objective. The vegetation at this time of year can be rather uninspiring. Perhaps a little more discussion and briefing before each walk might have helped.
When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


 
From: Expert Africa
Sent: 01 August 2014 12:53 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

 
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Derek Howell x 2 They arrived on: 28-Jun-2014 They left on: 1-Jul-2014. They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
What a very different experience from anything else we have done in Southern Africa before, but an amazing few days amidst an extraordinary project to create a reserve as it would have been before it had been farmed.
 
Bruno’s knowledge is second to none - breakfast, lunch and dinner time was a feast of simple but delicious food as well as an opportunity to hear more of the story of Mundulea, as well as understanding so much more about conservation, poaching and other subjects relevant to Namibia and its neighbours.
Not for the faint hearted given all the walking in the bush and essential to take good walking shoes or boots, but so rewarding for the effort that goes in.
When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent

From: Kate Pirie
Sent: 20 May 2014 02:20 PM
Subject: feedback from the Pickford family re Mundulea Bush Camp and Walking Trails


''Didn't arrive until after dark. Bruno is amazing. Needed another day here. So stimulating… walking was wonderful learning about the small things, footprints, discovering slowly just what Bruno has there and what he does. Didn't get to the caves, but we radio tracked a pangolin, so exciting, and saw the fresh rhino prints whilst on foot, worrying, hoped to see them from the truck but secretive. Talked about so many things. Rhino work amazing. Lovely tents, magnificent food and setting Rave, rave, rave. I don't think it would suit everyone, but it was us.''



Sent: 24 March 2014 03:58 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback - Mundulea Reserve
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Martin Kendall x 4
They arrived on: 12-Mar-2014 They left on: 15-Mar-2014


They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Loved catching up with Bruno - it was a total delight. He still remains to me one of the best guides in Africa. Sadly it poured down with rain for 2 days but it did not in any way dampen the experience - we thought it was great...
When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as: Excellent
Rooms as: Excellent
Service as: Excellent
Food as: Excellent
Activities as: Excellent
Facilities as: Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


Sent: 27 February 2014 02:04 PM
From: gwynneth.bezuidenhout@expertafrica.com
Subject: Traveller feedback - Mundulea Reserve
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mrs Kathryn McNicoll x 2
They arrived on: 5-Feb-2014 They left on: 8-Feb-2014


They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

This was a very special place: a bush camp, not luxurious (it doesn't set out to be luxurious) but comfortable.
Bruno is an outstanding guide and what he is doing on the reserve is fascinating. It was lovely eating food cooked by Tommy over an open fire.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
Location as: Excellent
Rooms as: Good
Service as:Excellent
Food as: Excellent
Activities as: Excellent
Facilities as: Good
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


Sent: 23 September 2013 03:46 PM
A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Alastair Newton x 2
They arrived on: 14-Sep-2013
They left on: 18-Sep-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Mundulea is a private reserve where the owner, Bruno, is looking to restore the environment to its pre-cattle farming state. This is not a short-term project as over-grazing has caused significant bush-encroachment. But Bruno is very dedicated to the cause, which is well worth supporting - not least because this sort of private project may ultimately (and sadly) prove to be the best hope for Africa's megafauna in particular in the medium- to long-term.

Bruno himself is a true (latter-day) 'renaissance man';. Sculptor, film-maker, photographer, birding guide and bush expert, he has a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics and is genuinely curious about many others. Over the four nights we were there our conversations ranged across, inter alia, the origins of multi-cell life (based on local fossils), the eating habits of porcupines (more complex than you might think), the genetics of the zebra (and kite) family, undoing the damage of over-intensive farming, local politics, the Chinese in Africa, and human dietary issues.

Mundulea is a true bush camp. But the accommodation is very comfortable - and we commend in particular the shower which is as good as any we have found on our numerous trips to Africa. Much of the fittings have been made by Bruno and his team from locally available materials (including scrap metal from the area's farming days). Bruno produces amazingly good meals on an open fire, which would do credit to many a modern kitchen.

The waterhole right outside the camp attracts a good range of mammals day and night and, although we were a few weeks early for the peak period, we also saw a wide range of birds.

Best of all, no trucks! Mundulea is all about walking and we enjoyed some excellent rambles through the bush morning and evening.

In short, highly recommended.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Grahame Aldous x 4
They arrived on: 23-Jul-2013
They left on: 27-Jul-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Brilliant as ever. Our time with Bruno was amazing. We would like to find a way of helping Bruno with his work there and spoke to him about it.

We would like to talk to Chris about it sometime.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mrs Ina Yip x 8
They arrived on: 16-Jul-2013
They left on: 19-Jul-2013

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Bruno and Cai took excellent care of us. The children really enjoyed the trip and were fully engaged in the things Bruno explained to them. The food was great, I think they were surprised how much we (including the kids) can eat!

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Ann & Steve Toon
Sent: 05 June 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: hi and email contacts


Bruno

Hi again.

We're back home again now after a fantastic trip to Namibia and just wanted to say a huge thanks once again for hosting us at Mundulea and making our time there so memorable and informative. Going slowly on foot and putting together the jigsaw pieces from the signs and clues we found was brilliant as was sitting silently in the hide while the eland herd plucked up courage to drink (we'd love to come back some day and photograph them) before 'Odetta' the rhino ( is that the right spelling?) finally came out of the shadows to drink was magical. We had great fun and learned a huge amount; not least your recipe for Molotov Cocktails which we tried out at Halali with great success!!


From: Expertafrica
Sent: 15 January 2013 06:21 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve -
Mr Michael  Weiler x 2
They arrived on: 19-Sep-2012
They left on: 22-Sep-2012

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Spent 3 nights here, and could have spent longer. 

It was fascinating and learned so much from Bruno about the bio diversity on Mundulea and surrounding area.  Bruno is an excellent host and a first class guide.  A wonderful insight into Namibia. 

Would love to go back and see how Bruno's vision develops.

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


From: Mike & Sue Clark
Sent: 27 July 2012 07:03 PM
Subject: Thanks

Previous guests have expounded on the wonders of Mundulea, and we can only add our admiration for what Bruno is succeeding in doing on this vast reserve.

Yes, the tents are simple, but not basic, the beds are very comfortable, the night-sky view from the loo extraordinary, and the wake up calls of the francolins and the babblers something to be experienced. We even had a leopard calling metres from our tent in the night. Bruno's home cooking was the best food we had on the whole trip (and that is saying something). We were the only guests so we had two days of gentle trailing with Bruno and his son, during which we learnt so much about the animals, plants and the exceptional geology of the area, not to mention history and politics! Like many other guests, we have become "poo" experts and we now have to find a use for all our knowledge in rural Sussex!

This is a true bush-camp but with enough of the creature-comforts to make it a wonderful experience for all ages. We could not recommend it too highly.

For Bruno
A belated thank you for our fantastic stay at Mundulea, which was definitely the highlight of our Namibian trip. We both feel that we have learnt so much about the bush, its plants and animals and we thank you for stretching our brains rather than just feeding us information!

We wish you every success with Mundulea. We really enjoyed meeting Cai and spending time with you both. Sunset picture attached.

With kind regards,

Mike and Sue Clark
Chichester UK


From: Anne Fletcher
Sent: 07 March 2012 12:05 PM
Subject: Thanks

One could not hope for a better or more well-informed guide than Bruno. We were the only guests so everything was catered to our interests. We had a dramatic first night with violent thunderstorms which made the outdoor dining and bathroom experiences ones to remember.

Everything was provided by Bruno and Tommy, Bruno cooking over a fire after a full day out with us walking which was no mean feat. We learned a lot and had close sightings of a variety of animals, some very close to camp. The access road was difficult after prolonged rainfall, maybe at some point it will have to be addressed.

A welcome experience and a change from luxurious lodges, an adventure really.

Dear Bruno,

Thanks once again for a superb experience at your lovely Bush Camp and for looking after us so well; we consider ourselves extremely fortunate for being there on our own.
Best wishes Anne & Fred


----- Original Message -----
From: Mary Barry
Sent: 11 May 2011 16:04
Subject: A sincere Thank you

Dear Bruno and Kate,

First of all, we are so sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you Kate and the boys! Maybe next time! Bruno, there are no words to express our appreciation and gratitude for THEE most wonderful time and adventure with you at Mundulea.  I have traveled quite a bit through my lifetime, and I can honestly say that that the time with you in Mundulea was one of my peak life experiences.  To share with Megan made it even better.  I only wish my husband could have come as well.  Your dedication, brillance, patience, love of life and living, fabulous cooking skills, support of your staff, choice of accommodation in the bush and teacher of it all...was just PERFECT.  
Let's stay in touch!  
Sincere thanks to you Bruno. 

Mary Barry


----- Original Message -----
From: Angus Maclaren
Sent: 12 May 2011 12:50
Subject: Thank you

Dear Bruno,

I had a very enjoyable visit to Mundulea, and highly rated the experience.  I thought your camp was the closest I have experienced to a proper “bush” camp (very appealing), and I thought that staying there with you and Tom as hosts was intimate and very personal.  It’s a bit like home form home, but in a very different setting.  A wonderful place for clients who are true nature lovers, and turned on by flora and smaller fauna, and spending time in the company of a charming guide drawn to nature and conservation. 

Many thanks again, and best regards,
Angus


----- Original Message -----
From: Patrick Garson
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: 2 x Garson - 30.07.2010 - 02.08.2010 - Mundulea

Hi Kate, well we're back in cold Sydney now and settling back into our mundane workdays and starless nights, but everyone has been thinking about Namibia since we left. I just wanted to thank you and Bruno - Khanh and I both had an incredible time at Mundulea, and I really wish my partner Lynn had been able to make it. Bruno's encyclopaedic knowledge made for fabulous learning, but his open and inquiring attitude, meditative and thoughtful approach, and inspiring committed worldview made the for a truly unique experience, and connection - for us at any rate!

Even more than the hours spent at the waterhole, revelling in the quiet and the reserve of the animals, I will treasure the many conversations we had each night, about cooking, Namibia's history, politics, National Geographic, cooking (Bruno and I both got heaps of ideas, I think) anything and everything! I would really love to come back, and spend some more time, it was certainly the apex of an amazing trip. If you and the family should ever find yourselves in Australia, do please feel free to get in touch - it would be a real treat to return some of the hospitality we received in our time at Mundulea...


----- Original Message -----
From: expertafrica.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:10 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Geoffrey Porges x 3
They arrived on: 15-Aug-2010
They left on: 18-Aug-2010
 
They wrote to us about their stay, saying:
 
Wow, we visited Mundulea as the first stop on our trip to Namibia and the visit changed our lives.  Visiting Mundulea first turned out to be a good thing (because we were able to absorb all the details about the country's history, geology, flora and fauna and politics at the start of our trip) and also a bad thing, because as my 13 year old son commented "after talking to Bruno for three days pretty much everything anyone else had to say was repetitive"!    Bruno's vision at Mundulea is to recreate the natural environment of Namibia's Central Highlands, including the animal and plant species endemic to the area.  This remarkable project is now well advanced and the property has established herds of Eland, Kudu, Giraffe, Warthog, Blackfaced Impala, Roan Antelope, Zebra, Ostrich as well as many other ungulates and carnivores all the way up to Leopard.  While the accomodations at Mundulea are not as luxurious as others. our kids voted Bruno's open-fire cooked meals the best of our destinations in Namibia.  More importantly the passion, depth of knowledge and experience he brings to the task of guiding his clients around the property are infectious and result in an extraordinary educational, environmental and scientific experience for the young and the young at heart.  If your preference is to see your game from the back of a land rover with half a dozen others then this is not the destination for you; if however you prefer the surprise of a truly wild animal crossing your path as you walk through their territory, then you will find Mundulea a dream come true. When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:
 
Location as:Excellent
Rooms as:Excellent
Service as:Excellent
Food as:Excellent
Activities as:Excellent
Facilities as:Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


----- Original Message -----
From: mette caton
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 6:03 PM
Subject: our stay with you

Dear Bruno and Kate,

We have only just returned home from South Africa as we were grounded due to the vulcano ashes over Europe ... Our trip to Namibia was amazing and we all feel it has changed us lots. Our visit to Mundulea was amazing, it put our visit to this planet in a whole different perspective and our amazement and reverence for nature have gone through the roof. Thanks so much for a great 3/4 days, Bruno, and for all your wise lessons ... Love, Mette, Gijsbert, Carmen, Thierry and Emiel


----- Original Message -----
From: expertafrica
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 5:10 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Mr Stuart Smith x 2
They arrived on: 6-Jun-2009
They left on: 9-Jun-2009

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

Our stay at Mundulea was the 'jewel in the crown' of our wonderful stay in Namibia.  It is hard to find words that do full justice to the truly unique experience of spending time there with Bruno Nebe whose deep and wide-ranging knowledge of so many aspects of Namibian culture and every aspect of wildlife preservation and conservation was astonishing.  The newly built camp  has a wonderfully rustic charm in complete harmony with its beautiful surroundings and lacked for nothing in necessary facilities.  Particulary impressive was the environmentally sustainable  showers whiich Bruno had constructed using former gas cylinders which enabled the shower water to be heated by burning wood 'harvested' from scrub clearance.  We were particularly fortunate that we were the sole guests at the camp during our stay so had lot of quality time to discuss a whole range of subjects.  The two walks we did were full of fascinating insights into so many different elements of the behaviour of game in a natural setting and was a massive contrast from Etosha where the game have become immune to the presence of humans.  Relatively close encounters with kudu, a family of warthogs  and wild cattle were electrifying.  Breakfast and evening meals were a delight with excellent and interesting meals cooked over a wood fire.  Sundowners with our host at a hide overlooking a waterhole were also a delight.  Our only regret was that our stay had to come to an end but, hopefully we will get to return one day.


----- Original Message -----
From: expertafrica
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 5:01 PM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Sandra  Morris x 2
They arrived on: 28-May-2009
They left on: 31-May-2009

They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

I don't know how to describe the wonderful time we had a Mundulea. We went expecting basic camping facilities; & how we were we surprised! We did not expect such luxury -  some of the furniture was built by Bruno. Take note of the chandelier over the dining table! We had hot water for the shower (no bucket shower here), if taken during daylight hours; totally unexpected. Bruno has such imagination to have built this camp. The walking was wonderful & it was such a change to see the animals from on foot rather than in a vehicle. Bruno's knowledge of the area is vast. It amazed me how he finds his way around.  The food cooked over the open fire was excellent with lots of it. We would not hesitate to return - only next time, if going at this time of year, I think we would take hot water bottles & thermals; it got very cold in the night.


----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 10:41 AM
Subject: Traveller feedback: Mundulea Reserve This is an automatic email from Expert Africa's computer system

A party of Expert Africa's travellers recently visited Mundulea Reserve - Ms Angela Poole x2
They arrived on: 20-Sep-2008
They left on: 23-Sep-2008

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They wrote to us about their stay, saying:

We thoroughly enjoyed being in the company of Bruno Nebe. What an amazing person! His knowledge of any subject we talked about, be it the wildlife, the country, or politics was incredible.  Being here with Bruno was the highlight of our trip to Namibia.

Don't change anything!  The small and personal approach helps make the experience special.

Tell Bruno that we are pleased he found his sunglasses!!

When asked for their feedback on Mundulea Reserve, they commented:

Location as: Excellent
Rooms as: Excellent
Service as: Excellent
Food as: Excellent
Activities as: Excellent
Facilities as: Excellent
Overall, they voted their stay here as: Excellent


----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:51 PM
Subject: Thanks

Dear Bruno,
We are now back in rather cold England after a really fantastic trip - thank you so much for everything.  The itinerary worked out marvellously well and it was so exciting to see all the changes and improvements at Mundulea - we will spread the word among our friends!!  The cooking, wine, rock shandy, gin and tonic (with home grown lemon) and the sundowner moths will all be remembered with great enjoyment and the walks and scrambles have kept us nice and fit - I fear we still will not pass the "tracks and spoor" tests next time we see you! 
 
With love to you all.
Deborah.


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 12:02 PM
Subject: Mundulea

Dear Bruno,

Just a note to say thank you so very much for the fantastic trip to Mundulea.  It was a highlight of our trip.  The project at Mundulea is an excellent, and fascinating, one - I haven't learnt so much in a very long time.  I will try to email some photos if I work out the technology needed!

Thank you also for the delicious food - I shall be trying to repeat your
chicken recipe...

Please could you keep us posted on Mundulea as we certainly hope to come
back on our fifth trip to Namibia.

Best wishes,
 
 Emily, Bob and Sue


----- Original Message -----
From: Hazel's Footprints Trust
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:24 AM
Subject: Re: Confirmation: 2 x Scott-Aiton - 11th-14th November 2008 - Mundulea

Dear Bruno and Kate

What can we say other than thanks for another memorable few days in the (almost original!) Namibian bush.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Mundulea to see first hand what you are trying to re-create there.  The camp site was just the right atmosphere for such surroundings and Bruno's patter was its usual fascinating and enthralling self - our rhino meeting and the python story have been re-told several times already!!


From:   Clarke, Mike 
Sent:   13 August 2007 18:20
Subject: Mundulea Reserve and other things

Dear Bruno
Firstly, can I say thank you for the marvellous time you and Ernst gave us - the two camping trips were the highlights of the holiday for all the family. Ernst was excellent and I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks again to him. He is a great guy for you, who has deep understanding and concern.
We planned this trip to give our children memories, and I am truly grateful that you have done that and more.
with best wishes
Mike


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:48 PM

Dear Bruno,
 
Thanks for a fantastic time, it was great to see you again and make our first visit to Mundulea.  Kids now addicted to caves so we got dragged down another one at Gauss - tame by comparison but Edward and I still bottled before the rest.  Cape Town a bit of a culture shock - we had to hit the shops to tidy Edward up and he is now the proud owner of a 10 x pair of binos, in case we spy whales on our trip along the coast.
Best wishes,
 
Isabel


From: paul.rankin
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 1:27 PMSubject: 4 Pictures for Bruno from Paul and Debbie
Hi Bruno,
Thanks for a wonderful time exploring Mundulea, all the gourmet braais, fascinating information, wonderful campfire stories and counting all your kudu to try get to sleep. We REALLY enjoyed it and would love another unusual off-the beaten track adventure with you sometime!

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