Namib Desert Hike
A walking safari with Bruno might not have you stalking lions and shimmying up trees to escape charging elephants but the thrills are there just the same. Mundulea Nature Reserve is 120 sq km of unbridled natural joy in the Otavi Mountains of Central Namibia, just south of Etosha National Park and the personal project of nature conservation demi-god Bruno Nebe.
Mundulea Nature Reserve is your complete African bush experience: wildlife, birdlife, plants, insects, geology, history even a little myth and folklore - making a walking safari here an extraordinary experience for all ages.
The hiking style is tailored to your group with the duration, distance, difficulty and focus entirely up to you. Bruno, one of Namibia's top guides and a passionate conservationist, will insist on showing you the entire picture and his contagious enthusiasm and love for the natural world will have you happily going with it.
The Mundulea Walking Safari is a comfortable clover leaf style hike using the comfortable and delightfully rustic Mundulea Bush Camp as base from which to set off on your daily circular walking safaris. While the minimum recommended hike duration is four days for a fully immersive nature experience, the options are all flexible.
A work in progress Bruno, has invested his considerable talent and energy into Mundulea, having started in 2001, restoring four huge commercial farms to their former natural state. Indigenous plants and trees are replacing invaders, wildlife has replaced livestock and birds and predators have happily returned.
Wildlife you are likely to encounter on foot or in a special safari vehicle includes giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, roan, tsessebe, black-faced impala, eland, kudu, wildebeest (gnu), gemsbok (oryx), hartebeest, endemic Damara dik-dik, steenbok, duiker, warthogs and springbok.
The reserve has several predator species and, though elusive, Bruno has a knack for finding them often: leopard, cheetah, hyena, the belligerent honey badger, jackals, serval and lynx. Rarer still are the curiosities: aardvark, aardwolf, banded mongoose, meerkat and pangolin. About 260 species of bird are on record at Mundulea, including many raptors and owls.
The star of the show of course is the black rhino of which there are seven in the reserve and, so well adapted, they have started to breed - a sure sign that they are in the exactly right environment. And the star of the rhino show, the star of stars, is a chap named Hooker is possibly the world's last living specimen of the sub-species chobiensis.
If your flight arrives early enough, you can head straight for the reserve from Windhoek on the same day. The drive is an easy 4 hours on the tarred B1 route north towards the eastern gate of Etosha National Park.
If you cannot reach Mundulea on the first day we recommend you overnight in Windhoek, explore the markets, museums, galleries and shops and enjoy this remarkably peaceful African capital city.
Arrive at Mundulea and park your vehicle. Bruno will transfer you to the bush camp from where you'll freshen up and set off on a short leg-stretching afternoon walk. Return to the lodge by sunset and watch the wildlife parade at the waterhole from the human waterhole at Mundulea Bush Camp.
Spend the evening around Bruno's campfire where the stories, tales, anecdotes and fascination continues well into the night.
Walking distance: entirely up to you
Having discussed your requirements and received recommendations from Bruno, today you will set off on a long hike that begins after an early breakfast and ends when you want it to.
The recommended routine is for a long morning walk, returning in time for lunch, a swim and a siesta followed by a shorter late afternoon walk or time at the waterhole in front of the lodge if you'd prefer to rest.
Your routine is set now, you probably have your own spot beside the campfire already and the banter and revelations continue.
Another circular walk from the bush camp takes you into the mountains, gorges, plains and peaks of this beautiful piece of Africa. Track rhino in the safari vehicle if you prefer or seek out the bugs and plants that make the whole ecosystem work: the choice is yours.
The walk today depends on your onward plans. If you need to return to Windhoek to catch a flight, you will probably skip the walk and depart after breakfast. If you are travelling onwards to Etosha, as we will recommend, for the big game, classic safari there will be time for a full morning's walk returning before lunch to give you time to reach your next destination after a your memorable walking safari experience.
Combine the Mundulea Walking Safari with a classic, big game safari in Etosha or a general guided or self-drive tour of Namibia. The options are endless so talk to your Travel Expert now to make the most of your time and budget.
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