Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Near Omaruru, Damaraland, Namibia Book from N$4,200

An awe-inspiring wilderness camp set atop gargantuan boulders in the Erongo Mountain Conservancy, in central Namibia
Travel in Namibia is all about communing with vast, pristine and inspirational landscapes. The Erongo Wilderness Lodge offers you just that experience, laid out before you in all of its raw beauty. This masterfully crafted camp of thatched and tented bandas, linked by snaking wooden walkways, sits atop a rocky koppie at the edge of a 200,000 hectare slice of wilderness reserve, which encompasses desert, mountain and bushveld ecosystems.

Your adventure begins in Omaruru, with an exhilarating jeep ride up through the boulders to the base of the camp. From here on Erongo is best explored on foot: baboons, lizards and dassies (rock hyrax) scurry amongst the rocks whilst every tree and bush seems to harbour a different species of bird. At the koppie's pinnacle the main lodge has soaring views out across the vast volcanic crater that forms the heart of the Nature Conservancy; this is a place where you really get a finger on the pulse of this amazing country and continent.

Highs

  • A physical setting of rare, untamed beauty
  • The thrill of exploring the bush on foot - either alone or in the company of one of the lodge's expert guides
  • One of the country's prime birding sites, with Hartlaub’s Francolins, Rosy-faced Lovebirds and White-tailed Shrikes
  • Exceptionally diverse flora born of the interplay of mountain, desert and veld ecosystems
  • It would be hard to better Erongo's stilted and tented sleeping quarters
  • Friendly, pro-active and relaxed staff

Lows

  • Don't expect to see huge amounts of game but do count on amazing bird, reptile and insect life
  • If you prefer to explore the conservancy by jeep rather than on foot, expect to pay a little extra

Best time to go

When you choose to visit Erongo will probably be influenced by the game viewing season in Etosha and other parts of the country rather than what is happening in the Erongo Nature Conservancy. From July through to mid November you can expect to see the most action at the camp's floodlit waterhole when water is at a premium and buck will travel big distances in search of water. But don't expect to see too much in the way of big game before you get further north.

From December through to mid February be prepared for high (mid 30s +) temperatures whilst the rainy season generally lasts from January through to the end of March though the rains can begin as early as late November. You should bear in mind that even if daytime temperatures are high throughout most of the year they can rapidly descend at night.

If you're coming to Erongo for the birding, or for landscape photography, you won't be disappointed at any time of year.

Our top tips

Take a comfy pair of walking boots: following the trails out to clamber up to the top of a koppie for our sundowners were amongst the highlights of our trip through Namibia.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Safari Lodge
  • 10
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Erongo's 10 luxury chalets, which strike a perfect balance between authenticity and comfort, are set atop high stilted platforms with top-of-the-range canvas tents hung beneath high, pole and thatch roofs. Each has been raised above the hillside amidst rocks and trees at a good distance from the next, which guarantees you a maximum of privacy as well as an uninterrupted view of the boulder-strewn mountainside from the planked deck.

All door and window openings are lined with mozzie netting, and flaps which can be dropped down at night: we chose to leave ours open and awoke to the unforgettable spectacleof dawn breaking over Erongo's primeval landscape.

We loved the simple, authentically bush feel of our tented quarters: two canvas-backed chairs and a low table out front, and inside, low twin beds dressed in crisp white linen with the softest of pillows, plus stick chairs and tables and a simple hanging rack for your clothes. Light is provided by chiselled brass lanterns when the camp generator is running and by candles when it's switched off. It was great to be provided with the makings of tea and coffee as you're bound to wake early to the mesmerising sounds of the African veld, whilst the small fridge, stocked with wine, beers, soft drinks and bottled water, is a big plus after a hot foray into the surrounding bushveld. There's a safety box, too, though it never occurred to us to make use of it.

Bathrooms are accessed through the rear of the tent and have been wrapped round the hillside's trees and boulders: they vary according to the lie of the land but all come with high rain showers and retro-style sinks with brass taps. Expect a face, hand and bath towel as well as liquid soap, body lotion and tea tree oil insect repellent.

Features include:

  • Coffee tea making
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Plunge pool
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries

Eating

All meals at Erongo feel like special events thanks to the unique beauty of its hilltop dining lodge: memories of sunsets and sunrises seen from this incredible vantage point will stay with you for years to come.

Breakfast gets going from 7am onwards, which is when the morning nature walks generally get underway: tea, coffee and rusks are on offer if you plan to set out any earlier. A cold buffet is laid up to one side of the lodge and includes a choice of cereals, homebaked breads and muffins, yoghurts and a fresh fruit salad, a big selection of cold meats and cheeses, and a choice of apple or orange juice (these are of the carton variety). Once you've served yourself tea and coffee and are settled at your table, one of Erongo's cheery staff will be over to take your hot breakfast order.

When we stayed, the lunch choice was between chicken pita served with a green salad, penne pasta with bacon, basil, tomato and blue cheese sauce, a ploughman's platter or a chunky club sandwich. But with a generous afternoon tea included in the price of your stay, which includes a big choice of homemade cakes and - yes - meatballs, you may decide to skip lunch.

At dinner, individual square dining tables are laid up in a double tier facing out to the Erongo mountains: it pays to get up to the lodge soon after sunset to ensure you're in pole position for those views. There's an enticing choice of wines, all of which are kept in coolers: keeping bottles at room temperature in this climate just doesn't work. All the reds, whites and roses are from South Africa and we were impressed at how Erongo's staff were able to guide us through the wine list.

Dinners stick to a 4-course formula and ours was exceptionally good. A starter of spinach pancake filled with tuna and drizzled in apple vinaigrette was followed by a fresh garden salad. For our main course we were offered a choice of peppered oryx steak with a spicy mole sauce (it didn't quite come off) or grilled chicken breast in satay sauce (which certainly did) whilst a dessert of crème caramèl followed by coffee ended our meal on a more traditional note.

Features include:

  • All meals included
  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activities

  • Follow a number of marked nature walks straight out from the lodge: it's perfectly safe to do these alone if that's what appeals

  • Bird watch: you're at the heart of one of Namibia's best areas for ornithology. Lucky twitchers may see Rock Runners, Hartlaub’s Francolins, White-tailed Shrikes, Rüppel’s Parrots, Carp’s Black Tits, Rosy-faced Lovebirds and Short-toed Rock Thrush

  • Chill out on your front deck watching dassies playing amongst the boulders and birds flitting amongst the bushes and trees

  • Walk to the top of an adjacent koppie to watch an amazing sunset accompanied by your camp guide and the sundowner of your choice

  • Take a jeep safari out from the lodge (this is paid as an extra) to see the bushman paintings at Paula's cave

  • Find time to talk to Erongo's lodge managers: hearing their stories of life in the bush was a highlight of our stay

  • Chill by the pool

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Safaris
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife

Kids

Erongo would make a great choice if you were keen to give your child(ren) a gentle introduction to wilderness nature walks. There are no big nasties in the surrounding bushveld to be feared and, providing you take a few elementary precautions, it's perfectly safe to walk straight out from camp. Kids would love the beauty of the location and the pool, and would get great mileage out of watching dassies and lizards popping up from behind the rocks at every turn. Menus can be adopted to meet children's dietary needs and babysitting can be arranged if parents fancy taking time out for a relaxing dinner. Children 12 years and under, sharing with 2 full paying adults, pay 50% of the quoted adult tariff. Children 6 years and under, sharing with 2 full paying adults, stay free

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

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Extra Beds Available

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