Erongo wilderness lodge

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 popular 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!

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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.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Spencer-smith, Heather

24 Oct 2011

Excellent accommodation amount the mountains. Very good food and could have enjoyed an extra day there.

Richardson, Gary

26 Jun 2015

Probably our favourite. Again a stunning location. Good food, service. Excellent (and free) guided walks.

Van De Bunt, Jan

1 Jul 2013

One of the best lodges on our journey, with well equiped tents, friendly staff/management and great food.

Visentin, Marta

3 Aug 2009

It'a unique place worth to be visited. peace and landscape are marvellous, people very kind and efficient

Slade, Judith

16 Aug 2016

Our favourite lodge. The accommodation and location in the Erongo mountains amazing. Staff and food great.

Rodrigue, Natalie

10 Dec 2009

Friendly hosts. Good meals. Being less than 15 mn from a small town does not feel as remote as other places.

Cooke, Sarah

1 Sep 2014

A really elegant and superb place. Very knowledgeable guides. Beautiful setting. A wonderful pace and atmosphere.

Montserrat, Jordi

20 Sep 2016

Wonderful experience and lovely room Great place to stay a couple of days to relax and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Wilson, Colin

17 Nov 2013

Loved it, location wonderful, food excellent, walks great with guides who spoke excellent English. Road there exciting

Michel Le Page, Valerie

10 Jun 2015

Very good walks with friendly rangers for all the family, amazing accomodation & restaurant location; quiet and beautiful

Bonifay, Denis

8 Jan 2012

Nice location. Good atmosphere. Nice stopover on the way back to Windhoek. The new tents are spacious and well organized.

Davies, Linda

13 Nov 2011

this is a really excellent lodge - lovely low key service and excellent food and tent -- we had the `honeymooners` suite!

Cox, Joshua

29 Oct 2015

The very best of the lodges. Food was incredible as were the accommodations and service! Would visit again in a heartbeat.

Lynch, Robyn

27 Sep 2016

This place ticks all the boxes. Not cheap but well worth two nights. Accommodation gorgeous, service great, food wonderful.

Read, Mary

18 Apr 2017

Another interesting place, great sunrise walk. Nice food, amazing tented lodge with every comfort, great little swimming pool.

Bahra, Sanjit

3 Dec 2009

Very nice - but it's showing it's age. Beginning to feel a little run down - but we still liked it. The managers were really good here

Long,colin

15 Feb 2016

Fabulous! What a location!. Tented chalets with spectacular views. Guided walks in the mountains and excellent food - breakfast and dinner

Richter, Chris

27 Feb 2012

Very good, a bit buggy, but the Mosquito netting helped and the operation was well done as was the dinner and the hosts were very pleasant.

Dub, Barbara

20 Apr 2015

Dramatic location. Breakfast excellent. Our dinner was very disappointing. Staff pleasant. More expensive than it should be for what you get.

Mundell, Wyn

4 Oct 2010

Very enjoyable stay. Spectacular camp layout and surroundings. Food very good. Acommodation good Very good walks and birding with excellent guide.

Lam, Fong

4 Jun 2010

Lovely location and lovely food. We did however got a bit lost in some of the trials as they were not very well marked at places and we had to turn around.

Meloni, Pierpaolo

19 Jan 2010

The best lodge we stayed in. Wonderful location, great care in every detail, very kind staff. A special place where I would suggest to stay for more than just one night.

Koch, Albert

26 Nov 2015

This is a fantastic location and the facilities were outstanding. It is clearly a place to learn and appreciate the natural beauty of the area including the Bushmen paintings.

Wood, Graeme

26 Nov 2015

Long drive for us, but the tented cabins were excellent. Scenery was wonderful, dassies making noises were great fun, guided and self-guided walks were a real plus for this lodge.

Jackson, Kelley

16 Jun 2017

This was a great surprise as we didn't think to ask about a place like this but it is set up wonderfully and the team there are fantastic. it was such a great time to be there. Lovely, lovely place.

Pina I Estany, Carles

24 Apr 2016

This was our favourite lodge for sure! We stayed 3 nights and we found it super cozy, good activities, good food, very nice guides. We like the room, the dining area with the small birds waterhole, etc.

Gelder, Jeroen

6 Jul 2013

We loved the love-birds that are coming in the morning, This was the reason to book this lodge. Very friendly staff, nice tent with great views, bed was a bit small. Nice walkings and star gazing. Good breakfast.

Smith, John

26 Nov 2011

Wonderful scenery & accommodation. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A fabulous place to spend our first night in Namibia. Excellent bird viewing (if somewhat contrived) Very worthwhile walks in & around the camp.

Fournier, Claud-alain

4 Jun 2010

Excellent lodge, the best food we had on the whole trip. Nothing much to do around the lodge but it's a perfect setup to chill out after a long drive. The room are so well positioned that you realy feel alone in the bush.

Newsome, Michael

4 Sep 2015

As with all the accommodation Erong exceeded our expectations. Such a beautiful setting, although Ali (my wife) was a bit scared by the baboon noises during the night. As with Onguma we would have loved a second night here

Roessel, Martine

17 May 2014

Excellent place was most impressed with the staff service and the best food as good if not better than Olive Exclusive would recommend to anyone A lot of steps and hills although struggled with my knee but it was worth it will go back

Poreda, Jackie

12 Jun 2016

This was a really special place. If we had a later flight, I would have loved to have spent a second night here. I loved all the walking trails. The drive to the lodge was also one of our favorites. I think it's a great way to end a trip.

Beardmore, Carol

29 May 2013

We really liked this lodge, wished we could have stayed another day. We took a short afternoon walk with their guide, Culess (sp?), and a trip to a nearby riparian area the next morning, he was great. He knew all the birds we wanted to see.

Perch, Jane

15 Dec 2009

This was an interesting experience. The accommodation is a bit rustic but the food, staff snd setting made up for that. The only thing we would have liked was air conditioning as it was extremely hot and the fan in the tent was not sufficient.

Rudy,daniella

26 May 2017

The location is everything here. Beautiful vistas. Our tent was at the bottom of a walk-way with no view (overlooking a big rock), though -- which, while still beautiful, was less nice than those tents perched up higher with an expansive view. 

Barr, Rebecca

25 Apr 2015

Another wonderful lodge. The hiking - both guided and unguided - was spectacular and the food was probably the best we had during our trip. The tents with their large outdoor seating areas were lovely. Can't fault it and would definitely return.

King, Sarah

21 Sep 2015

One of my favourites - stunning scenery and we had the best chalet (number 6!). It felt so private and was amazingly peaceful. The food was excellent here as was the guide. We did the sunrise hike, just us and the guide Immanuel, it was fantastic.

Jepson, Bill

9 Nov 2015

Beautiful place to stay, very relaxing, excellent food, guided walk and drive to see cave paintings very informative, guides very knowledgeable. Good independent walking trails. Leopards coming to drink at the waterhole during dinner was the icing on the cake!

Directions

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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