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ETAMBURA tented camp

Conservancy Safaris are delighted to offer, to selected operators, the opportunity for their clients to stay at our stunningly located Etambura Camp. We are providing accommodation on a self catering basis.  

Later we plan to offer a dinner, bed & breakfast option

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Etambura,Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp is situated in Orupembe Conservancy on top of one of the highest hills above the holy plains of Onjuva where livestock and springbok peacefully graze together.

The holy plains are steeped in mystery, with several different stories of why the area was consecrated by the semi-nomadic Himba herders who live here. But one thing is sure, hunting is strictly forbidden. Tradition has it that animals on the plains are protected by the ancestral spirits.

Etambura is the ideal place to relax. You might see a klipspringer or at dusk, a Jameson’s rock rabbit. Tiny footprints are evidence of genets and African wildcats. The calls of a diversity of birds, the whispery rustle of paper-bark and other commiphora trees, bottle trees in bloom,   the rich hues of purple-pod terminalia with unimpeded 360 degree views make this unique spot unforgettable. After a game drive where you might be fortunate enough to see black rhino, enjoy a stroll and explore the hill, a botanical treasure trove with its many endemic species of plants and shrubs.


Etambura has five canvas and thatch chalets (one of which is wheelchair friendly), each with its own private deck extending from the hill and into the beyond, conjuring illusions of “stepping into air”.

The twin bedded rooms are comfortably furnished and provide a wonderful retreat.  Each bathroom, built either into the surrounding marble outcrops, or artfully created so as not to encroach on the endemic flora, has its own charm.  Bed linen and towels are provided.

Built on a wooden platform and, in some cases, on stilts, each unit is positioned to optimize the view. Lie in bed and be dazzled by an incredible sunrise. At night follow the path of the stars across a cobalt sky. Observe the skittish rock hyraxes sunning themselves on jagged rocks, listen to the calls and discover a world of birds that thrive in this environment.


The horseshoe-shape of our recreational area, built from natural materials, fully blends in with the contours of a hill-top skyline. Enjoy your meals on Etambura’s circular decks with spectacular views over the hills, valleys and plains, or in the spacious dining room.  Should you just want to relax, settle down in the cool comfort of our lounge and unwind in the tranquility of this high oasis.

Enjoy a drink as the sun sets and, when the last oranges, purples and pinks have faded, watch as one by one distant fires from surrounding Himba villages light up and flicker in the darkness, allowing you to feel that you are indeed in Africa. Let the cooling breeze carry up to you, high on the top of this magical hill, the lowing of cattle, an owl’s haunting hoot, the call of someone lingering round a cooking fire down below. Immerse yourself in the sounds and scents of life out here while above you stars ignite the night sky.


  • Solar lights running on 12 volt batteries (facility to charge batteries, e.g. camera)
  • Hot water in en suite bathrooms, fuelled by a “donkey”
  • Comfortable beds with reading lamps
  • Lounge/library, private and communal look-out decks
  • Crockery, cutlery, glassware, cooking pots and utensils available
  • Braai area/ kitchen area
  • Landing strip 10 minutes from camp
  • Walking trails and drives – endemics plants, marble mine, Himba villages, rhino tracking, a day’s excursion to Marienfluss and KuneneRiver
  • Conservancy Safaris staff available to welcome, brief and assist guests and ensure their stay is comfortable. For example: helping with preparation and clearing up after meals, laundry, taking guided walks and arranging activities within the area and facilitating/translating meeting with community people.

Etambura, 25 kms north of Orupembe, is on the main route to the Marienfluss and Kunene River.


Rack rate N$575 per person per night.

Payment and cancellation policies are stated on our invoices.

For enquiries and reservations contact Conservancy Safaris either on Tel:  00 264 406136 or email

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