4-day Mundulea Walking Safari

Mundulea Walking Safari
Mundulea Walking Safari

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.

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4 days
Namibia, Waterberg, Windhoek
full board accommodation at base camp and daily guided walks
Hiking Duration: 4 days
Hiking Distance: Flexible
Difficulty level: Flexible

Tour Brief

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Mundulea Nature Reserve

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

Day 2: Mundulea Nature Reserve

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.

Day 3: Mundulea Nature Reserve

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.

Day 4: Windhoek or onwards

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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Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

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Recent Reviews of This Tour

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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