Magical Moments with Desert Elephants at Mowani Mountain Camp

Classic Safari Africa / Published October 28, 2016 09:00 AM
Desolate and dry, the vast sandy deserts of Namibia may not seem like an ideal place for wildlife. However, there is in fact a vast population of desert-adapted animals thriving in this harsh environment.

Desert Elephants are particularly well adapted to living under in these conditions. Living in the dusty plains and rocky hills of Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland), the elephants must travel great distances between water sources and feeding grounds to survive. They can go several days without water and tend to live in small family units of only two or three, to decrease pressure on food and water resources.

Despite their advanced coping mechanisms, the desert elephant population dropped to alarmingly low levels in the 1980’s due to an increase in poaching in the area. Although they’re not a separate sub-species on their own, and not much different from savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana), Namibia’s elephants are special nonetheless and have been granted top priority for protection by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Constantly on the move and very rare, a sighting of Namibia’s desert dwelling elephants is always extremely exciting. Situated in the heart and heat of Namibia’s Kunene Region, Mowani Mountain Camp is blessed to call these animals ‘neighbours’ and guests are often treated to sightings of these special creatures.

Mowani Mountain Camp offers special Elephant and Dune drives which can last up to 6 hours. In this time, an expert and knowledgeable guide will take guests out in open-air vehicles to explore the land and search for the rare desert adapted elephants.

A little more about Mowani Mountain Camp

Secluded amongst the giant ochre boulders, Mowani Mountain Camp is an oasis within the vast plains of Namibia’s Kunene region. Exuding a sense of rugged elegance and earthiness, the camp is nestled between ancient granite boulders and bushy scrub and has been designed to blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Winner of an architectural eco-design award in Germany, Mowani offers 13 en-suite rooms with breath-taking views across the valley or hill top vistas, and 2 luxury suites, with open-air bathrooms, a large lounge and private deck for enjoying meals in peaceful seclusion. There are also 7 campsites with private ablution facilities and spectacular views across the valley.

Contact Mowani Mountain Camp

Web.
www.mowani.com
Email.
mowani@visionsofafrica.com.na
Tel.
264 61 232 009

Originally published on the Classic Safari Africa blog by Claire Birtwhistle.

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