Hidden away among Weeping Wattle and Leadwood trees, the Mundulea bush camp has four roomy twin-bed tents, with en-suite bathrooms and large shaded stoeps (verandahs). To one side of the tents, adjoining pathways lead down to carefully constructed hides overlooking an attractive waterhole. On the other side, they lead to the bush kitchen, reading and dining areas. In the evenings we build a fire, share a meal and enjoy the sights, sounds and stars of the bushveld. The daytime is devoted to walking and hiking on trails which have been carefully designed by Mundulea's owner, Bruno Nebe, who guides all walks on the reserve himself. They are tailored to suit to the interests and abilities of our guests, and range from gentle ambles through sloping savannah to rocky mountain climbs, and descents into canyons and gorges. Usually, two walking trails are offered per day: one in the early morning of about 3-4 hours, and one in the late afternoon which lasts around 2-3 hours. In addition - or as an alternative - we spend time tracking and recording game at the waterholes or enjoying the vistas which stretch from Mundulea south across the Waterberg and eastwards into Bushmanland.

When Bruno built this camp, his aim was very specific: he wanted to create a place to live in the bush which was existentially comfortable, but rejected the frills and artifice which have come to characterize so many ‘genuine experiences’ of the Namibian wilderness. Mundulea’s luxuries focus on the ability to sleep peacefully, eat well and helathily, to get clean and feel comfortable. Being at Mundulea offers enough physical space to relax and expand, and the opportunity to engage intellectually with new and often challenging discoveries and ideas.

Your bedframes are solid wood, your mattresses are good quality, your duvets and pillows are goose down and your linen is 100% cotton. There is always hot and cold water, excellent showers, flush toilets, and plenty of room. Your open-air bathroom is fully equipped, but it is still home to the trees that were there first! We make a point of providing delicious and innovative whole-food meals – the meat, bread, fruit and vegetables you’ll eat at the bush camp are Mundulea’s own produce, as is the bottled water which is always available. All meals are cooked on an open fire – but nothing is sacrificed in terms or taste, variety or panache.

From the outset, Bruno determined to provide these ‘luxuries’ at as little cost to the surrounding environment, and with as little disturbance to its wildlife, as possible. The water for your hot shower is heated by the low-tech ‘donkey’, a simple farm-style water boiler, which burns surprisingly little wood. Only invasive accacia wood is used for the donkeys, camp fire and bush kitchen, our fridges and bedside lamps are powered by solar panels, and all waste water is recycled. Many of the bushcamp’s most outstanding features - from the fireplace to the chandelier, from the oven to the washstand, from your bedside lamp to the towel rail and soap dishes in your bathroom - have been creatively fashioned from recycled materials and natural finds.

Natural sculpture also characterizes the bush camp’s architecture and artwork, with its kraal-style use of logs, branches and limestone. Its furniture is hand-made from locally sourced wood such as lead-wood, dolf and weeping wattle. You can read more about Mundulea’s ideas on sustainable utilization and biodiversity in the books and articles in the main sitting and dining areas. These ideas are central to Mundulea’s game rehabilitation programme and to the various strands of research currently underway; we felt it essential, therefore, that they were embodied and celebrated in the bush-camp. Of all Mundulea’s features, the one which most pleases Bruno is that someone standing twenty meters from the camp would struggle to find it – so well is it hidden and so little does it intrude. We hope that you will accept and enjoy his invitation to live in the bush - and with the bush - for a few days at Mundulea.

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