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Mundulea Private Nature Reserve in the Otavi mountains is roughly 120 square kilometres of prime Montane bush set in the unspoiled Karstveld south east of Otavi. It is perfectly positioned as the first or final destination of a Namibian holiday: not far from the main B1, about two hours' drive from Etosha's Namutoni Gate. Walking and hiking in this beautifully lush mountain landscape offers the ideal opportunity to get out of your vehicle and into the bush. You will be accompanied by professional guide, Bruno Nebe of Turnstone Tours, who established Mundulea Nature Reserve five years ago to conserve and protect the huge diversity of fauna and flora which thrives in this unique karstveld biosphere.
Mundulea's dolomite, limestone and marble hills, adjacent to the Otavi Mountain range, are millions of years old. They are riddled with caverns and pot-holes, deep gorges and underground lakes. There are ancient Leadwood trees, Marulas, Wild Fig, White Syringa, Dombeya, Mearua, Carrot trees and Nettle trees. There are also countless species of aloe, acacia, fern, grewia and combretum. The farm itself is named after a beautiful purple flowering bush Mundulea sericea, favourite food of the Eland and Kudu, and said to be possessed of healing and magical powers.
Antelope species include large herds of Eland, Wildebeest, Kudu and Oryx. Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Dik Dik, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer and Warthogs are common, whilst Giraffe and Springbok - once were plentiful in this area - are gradually being reintroduced. Our most recent arrivals are the endangered Black Faced Impala and a small group of Tsessebe. Often-seen predators include Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Honey Badgers, Jackal, Serval and Lynx. Aardvark, Aardwolf, Bat-eared foxes, Meerkats and Pangolin are sometimes spotted. For bird enthusiasts, depending on the season, Mundulea offers a wide variety, including raptors and owls: about 260 species altogether.
One of the most interesting animals on the nature reserve is a black rhino bull called ‘Hooker’. He is one of five black rhino at Mundulea and is the last remaining example of the sub-species Bicornis chobiensis. He is central to Mundulea’s main objective: to respect bio-diversity and give breathing space - and breeding space - to Namibia’s rare and endangered sub-species. Without serious and accelerated protection, animals like Hooker, and the beautiful Black-Faced Impala (indigenous and uniquely suited to Namibia), will be lost to the world over the next few generations.
Hidden away among Weeping Wattle and Leadwood trees, the Mundulea bush camp has four large twin bedroom tents, with en suite bathrooms and large shaded stoeps (verandahs). Adjoining pathways lead down hides overlooking an attractive waterhole, on one side, and to the bush kitchen and dining area, on the other. In the evenings we build a fire, share a meal and enjoy the sights, sounds and stars of the bushveld. Days are devoted to walking and hiking on trails which are carefully chosen to suit to the interests and abilities of our guests. Trails range from gentle ambles through sloping savannah, to rocky mountain climbs and descents into canyons and gorges. Alternatively, we can spend time tracking and spotting game at the waterholes or enjoying the vistas which stretch from Mundulea south across the Waterberg and eastwards into Bushmanland.
We suggest that you plan your visit towards the end of your holiday (perhaps your last stop before heading back to Windhoek), when you will relish the chance to explore your environment up close rather than through the windows of your car. You meet us at the farmhouse and leave your vehicle there, as we head off first by Land Rover and then on foot to see the bush at its natural best. You'll need light clothing, a fleece jacket, good walking shoes, hat, decent sunglasses, sun block, binoculars and a water bottle. We provide everything else for an unforgettable four days on Mundulea. We look forward to seeing you there.
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