pened in 2009, Mushara Bush Camp is the newest property in the Mushara Collection, a group of lodges set on the private 25km2 Mushara Reserve, just 10km from the eastern edge of Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Owned by Marc and Mariza Pampe, this camp is specifically designed to offer families a comfortable, affordable base from which to explore Etosha’s abundant wildlife.
Mushara Bush Camp is the simplest of the properties on the reserve, which also include the original Mushara Lodge, along with Mushara Outpost and the more exclusive Villa Mushara.
Bush Camp has 16 tents built from wood, canvas and local limestone – materials that help keep the tents cool in the hot afternoon sun. They are spacious and airy, with roof-to-floor gauze windows, small private verandas with two canvas chairs, and en-suite bathrooms, all overlooking the surrounding bush.
The main area at Mushara Bush Camp is a thatched open-fronted structure, and includes the lounge, bar and dining area – although meals are usually served on the camp’s gravel-floored thatched veranda and the breakfast buffet is laid out in the long bar. The stone floor of the dining area combines with a large number of potted plants to give the area a natural look; even the room dividers are painted to look like stone.
Décor throughout this area is a stylish blend of soft yellows, blues and greens, complemented by warm ceiling lights made from baskets that hang above each table. Numerous sofas and chairs provide space to relax, perhaps with one of the magazines you’ll find tucked into buckets or wall pockets.
Adjacent to the main area is a sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by a rustic wooden fence. It is raised from the ground and built in a circular shape, with a smaller circle at one end to form a shallower children’s pool. From the shady sunloungers around the pool, you can watch the resident warthogs grazing on the lawns.
A campfire is a good focal point for guests to enjoy at the end of the day.
The camp is surrounded by a fence to keep out the more dangerous game, but there are still kudu, warthog and smaller antelope on the property. During our most recent visit, in December 2016, we saw a large male kudu outside our tent and a shy bushbuck beside the pool!
Mushara Bush Camp is a very family-friendly, relaxed and affordable place to stay near Etosha National Park. It’s ideal for self-drive guests, and offers a down-to-earth bushcamp experience – which is why we love it: it is very good at what it does, and is great value.