Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Accommodation in Central Namibia
Erongo Wilderness Lodge is a great favourite for many visitors to Namibia. Guests often stay for 2 or 3 nights, and the lodge is particularly possible with keen birders, walkers and those just looking to relax and enjoy the tranquil environment. This beautiful lodge is set in a really peaceful location and provides the perfect base to explore the mountains. As it is within easy driving distance of Windhoek and the international airport, many choose to begin and / or end their Namibian adventure here. Others who use it as a stopover between Swakopmund and Etosha wish they had stayed longer.
The lodge is close to the small town of Omaruru. It is nestled amongst, and surrounded by huge boulders and granite formations, all on the outskirts of an ancient volcano. These are the Erongo Mountains, flanked by the Namib Desert to the west and a mixed, woodland savannah to the east. The rare confluence of ecosystems are home to a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, some endemic to Namibia.
Raised wooden walkways and natural stone steps, connect the tented chalets to the main area. The restaurant and pub at Erongo Wilderness Lodge are situated on a separate, rocky outcrop from which the floodlit waterhole can be viewed. A winding path, past colonies of dassies (some of which inhabit overhanging trees & have the startling habit of dropping down as you walk past) leads from the reception area up the hill to this entertainment area. There is a large, central fireplace, comfortable lounge with a big leather sofa with matching chairs, a small selection of books, and the 'Mokoro' bar, all set in stunning surrounds. There are also two decked areas where meals & drinks can be enjoyed in warmer weather.
This is not just the place to relax and unwind in, but also to enjoy the lodge's fine wining and dining. Tea/coffee and rusks are served before the early morning walk, and on their return, guests can tuck into a huge brunch, consisting of cereals, yogurts, fruit, homemade breads, cheese, cold meats, plus a choice of omelette's/pancakes, or a full English breakfast if so wished!
Homemade cake is served around 3pm, before setting out on the afternoon activities.
Dinner is a delicious affair, and dishes such as baked camembert with red current sauce, beefsteak in brandy and cream sauce, pork in red wine, and an appetizing apple strudel and custard, appear on the menu.
The elevated pool deck, is just the job for a sundowner or night cap, whilst admiring the spectacular views, day or night.
There are 10 tented chalets, built on stilts, and erected under steep, thatched roofs for shade. As each one has been set apart amongst the rocks, a high degree of privacy and exclusivity has been achieved. The en-suite bathrooms have been built around existing rocks and tree. The tents have recently been upgraded, with the major improvement being an increased size & the introduction of proper doors (no more annoying zips to get in and out of your tent).
Apart from the main entrance the tents also boast large French doors, each of which serve the dual purpose of framing an amazing view as well as access to the private deck. A bush-style mini-bar, fan, mosquito net, tea/coffee station, in-room safe, reading lights & fine linen complete the Erongo chalet comfort level.
Although wildlife in the area include leopard, kudu, oryx, eland, mountain zebra, springbok and steenbok the primary reason for visiting Erongo Wilderness Lodge should not be as a wildlife viewing destination, it is better suited for those wanting to relax, walk & enjoy the tranquil environment. Birders will be thrilled by the variety of species on offer. It is recommended to join one of the lodge's guided walks and drives, not only to view the game, but to marvel at the magnificent environment.
Guided walks depart early in the morning to a granite view point, with various flora and fauna being pointed out on the way, including their various traditional and medicinal uses. An evening walks to a nearby koppie, can also be arranged, which gives their guests an opportunity to quench their thirst as they watch the sun set. There are also a number of unguided tracks that can be explored.
The lodge are proud of being a founder member of The Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, a collective effort with 30 other private landowners, committed to conserve, protect and preserve over 200,000ha of land, rich in cultural heritage. This includes the historic and irreplaceable rock paintings and engravings found throughout the area, such as the Paula’s Cave rock art site at Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Highly recommended!
- Mountain Top Walk
- Best done in the early morning; your guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour walk through the bush and to the top of an imposing granite dome, before returning you to a well-earned brunch.
- Sundowner Walk
- In the late afternoon you will be guided up a nearby lofty granite outcrop with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
- General Walks
- set off alone and explore the area in your own time, and at your own pace
- Nature Drives
- These excursions are led by qualified guides, are local to the area. Nature drives in open-topped Landcruisers provide insight into our environment, and occasional close encounters with the animals that roam the 200 000 hectare Conservancy. Drives may include a visit to "Paula's Cave" - a secluded trove of beautiful and ancient rock art.
- Travelling from Windhoek use one of the following routes:
- From Windhoek, take the B1 to Okahandja, which becomes the B2 as you head towards Swakopmund. Shortly before Karibib take the C33 towards Omaruru. Travel along this road for 63 km, and just before the town of Omaruru, turn left onto the D2315. After 10 km of gravel road enter the Conservancy gate and 100m later turn left into Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
- This route is approximately 40 kilometres shorter in total than the previous one, but involves an extra 70 kilometres of gravel road. About 70km after Okahandja take the turnoff C36 towards Wilhelmstal on your right. Travel on this gravel road for about 67km until you reach a junction with the Karibib - Omaruru tar road (C33). Turn right on this road towards Omaruru. About 3km along this road and about 3 km before reaching the town of Omaruru turn left onto the D2315. Travel along this road for 10 km, enter the Conservancy gate and 100m later turn left into Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
- Travelling from Swakopmund use one of the following routes:
- From Swakopmund, take the B2 towards Windhoek and Karibib. Shortly after Karibib, turn right onto the C33 towards Omaruru. Travel on this road for 63km before turning left onto the D2315. After 10 km of gravel road turn left into the lodge.
- For a more scenic route from Swakopmund, follow the directions above towards Karibib and Usakos. At Usakos, turn left on the D2306 towards Okombahe. After +/- 50km turn right on the D2315 towards Omaruru and continue along this road for +/- 48km until you see the signs to turn right into the Erongo Wilderness Lodge gate. This route is accessible with a normal 2 wheel drive vehicle, will add on +/- 30 min to your journey and will take you on gravel roads through the scenic Erongo Mountains.
- Travelling from the North
- Travel through the town of Omaruru on the C33 towards Karibib. About 3km out of Omaruru, turn right onto theD2315. After 10 km of gravel road turn left into the lodge. After entering the Erongo Wilderness Lodge gate, travel a few hundred meters until you see a parking area and a sign indicating that the lodge is 800m up a steep hill. If you have a 4X4 you may continue up the road up to the lodge, otherwise we will collect you from the parking area.
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