During our recent trip to Namibia, we were lucky to stay in a number of fantastic places but one of our top three was Mopane Village Lodge Etosha. We loved it not only for its comfort and setting but also for their dedication to environmental responsibility and their focus on personal attention. Be sure to check out our other favorite, Kalahari Anib Lodge, too!
...we are always in search of unique accommodations that are off the beaten track and that offer the personal touches we prefer. We found all of this and more at Mopane Village Lodge Etosha.
By Karla J. Strand
When you plan your trip to Etosha National Park, one of the must-sees in Namibia, you will need to decide whether to stay within the boundaries of the park itself or to stay outside the park. While there are advantages to staying in the park, be aware that accommodations should be booked far in advance since they fill up quickly. We wanted to stay outside the park in large part to be away from crowds and really enjoy the Namibian bush. In addition, we are always in search of unique accommodations that are off the beaten track and that offer the personal touches we prefer. We found all of this and more at Mopane Village Lodge Etosha.
Built in 2014, Mopane Village is conveniently located just 14km outside of Etosha National Park and offers thirteen chalets as well as a fly camp and campsites. According to owner Pieter Potgieter, his goal with Mopane Village was not to offer five-star but an authentic, laid back experience where he could get to know his guests on a more personal level. He is looking to expand in the near future and is now planning to build a higher-end, yet intimate lodge on the property to appeal to a larger variety of guests. Be sure to watch for this development if you prefer a more luxurious experience in the bush!
One of the features that drew me to Mopane Village was the fact that it is entirely run on solar power. This focus on environmental sustainability is extremely important to me and I hope they will be able to continue this goal in the building of their new lodge.
The food at Mopane Village is delicious and served by fire and candlelight at the main open-air lodge. Surrounded by lovely landscaping, you can have a relaxing meal with just the right amount of personal attention you crave. You may also be visited by the resident little dog and two cats, which only adds to the homey feel.
While at Mopane Village, we stayed one night in a fly tent and one in a chalet. The fly tent includes two cots with mattresses. Outside the back of the tent, there is a camp shower and a composting toilet. We loved experiencing this type of accommodation in the Namibian bush.
Not into “roughing it”? Then perhaps the chalet is more your style. These bush tents are larger and more permanent. There is also a large ensuite bathroom with a shower and flushable toilet. There are two comfortable beds and a dressing table but one of the best features is outside! The sunrises and sunsets are unbelievable.
Overall, we found Mopane Village Etosha to be unique and comfortable. It hit all of our desires for staying off the beaten track while not having to camp on our own. But the best feature of all at Mopane Village is definitely the personal attention and kindness shown by Pieter and the staff there. We appreciated their dedication to environmental sustainability and the quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Mopane Village Etosha was such a lovely surprise! So if you are looking for an authentic, comfortable place to stay while visiting Etosha, be sure to book Mopane Village Lodge!
Of course while at Mopane Village you will want to go on game drives in Etosha! Mopane Village offers game drives to its guests on a daily basis. Because of their dedication to environmentalism, the staff will not take only two people on a game drive and instead ask for a minimum of four passengers. We were only two but Pieter had the answer for us and hooked us up with a drive at a neighboring lodge that had room for two more. They drove us to the lodge and back and we enjoyed a day-long drive that couldn’t be beat. This was a great service Pieter offered us and we were so appreciative that he went out of his way to accommodate our visit. Because we had our own vehicle, we were also able to self-drive through the park. And what better way to end an amazing day in Etosha, then to take a swim in the refreshing pool? Perhaps only a sundowner around the boma! You can enjoy both at Mopane Village Lodge Etosha.
Special thanks to Pieter and Mopane Village Lodge for the kindness, hospitality, and complimentary stay. As always, my opinions are honest and my own.
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I'm Karla, the creator, curator, & blogger for GlobalETA travel and outdoors digital library & blog.