Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Reviews of Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Excellent(96%) From 247 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 247 of our travellers who have visited Erongo Wilderness Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S - Colorado
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

We found Erongo Wilderness Lodge the perfect spot to wind down and relax before leaving Namibia. The tented chalets are quite unique and very comfortable, set amidst the scenic valley. We'll never forget seeing a shooting star over the mountains while sitting on the deck one evening.

We really enjoyed one of the included walks, and found the the guide not only to be very knowledgeable about the plants, animals and geology, but by adding a bit of humor now and then, greatly added to our enjoyment of the walk

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

A very good standard across the board, relaxed style and very welcoming.

The drive from Windhoek is not long or demanding, the activities are not too strenuous, so a good place to acclimatise at the start of the holiday.

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Mrs & Dr B - Richmond
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Excellent location, service, food and walks.

Staying there and talking to the guide about his life, family, etc. as well as the wildlife and scenery proved a great introduction to Namibia and we only wished that we could have had a second night there (it had not been possible to organize this at the planning stage).

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Mr & Mrs C - Woking
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Where?

We were relieved to discover that the directions you had given us were for the wrong place as the Wilderness Lodge was much less of a detour from the road back to Windhoek!

We were looking forward to doing some walking here and made a point of arriving early in the afternoon but were only staying one night and found that the 'real' walks all happened in the morning so were not available to us. We did do the sundowner walk (with Johnny - reassuring on the difficult bits and very informative) which we enjoyed but would have liked to go further and learn more.

The lodge was under interim management. Gregory was fine, helpful, friendly and welcoming but there was another character who was not very impressive and didn't seem to do anything very useful except tell tales about his laddish exploits.

Food good - very much in he mould of the Olive Grove where we'd spent our first night. Like others before us we'd have liked a second day if only for the walking.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa apologised for the issues these travellers had with the map for Erongo Wilderness Lodge. Although this was marked correctly on their main Namibia map, the supplementary, more detailed map was obviously quite confusing and so we will not be issuing this map any more.

Mr D & Ms S - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Lovely place to slow down and relax; amazing scenery.

Pity they had a problem with the pool while we were there.

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Mr R & Mrs I - Devon
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Erongo liked very much.  Again no air cond. but cool at night.  

I understand they are completely re-furbishing next year so will have more sitting out room as the dining room was hot.

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Mr G & Mrs G - Ireland
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

We enjoyed our stay here - you very much feel that you are away in the wilderness! Staff were very friendly and there was a lovely welcoming atmosphere. The food was excellent - probably the best food of the whole holiday. The service was very efficient. The main lodge is a really lovely building.

We went on a guided evening walk, which was most enjoyable and the guide was very knowedgeable and good fun.

We were in the honeymoon suite! and we had a wonderful view from our camp.

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Mr & Mrs G and Mr & Mrs W - Surrey
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

We were looking forward to arriving at Eronga Wilderness Lodge to have some luxury, only to find that there was no water! It was a local problem and the owner had been out for two days helping to repair.

However, it was a lovely place to relax and we thorough enjoyed our stay here, and even more so when we were given free drinks for the two days because of the water problem!

We would encourage a stop here for a couple of days, if only to catch one's breath after the previous long drives and early mornings at Sesriem.

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Mr & Mrs E - Stockport
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Not far off the main road, but feels like you are so far from it all. Great location.

Our room had a brilliant view - one of the best. I felt sorry for anyone in the room at the bottom of our walkway (No.7?) as it had a view of a spiky bush!

Main dining area had great views too and was very warm and friendly.

We had chance to use the pool, but this was not great - loads of insects floating in it and green stuff growing on the sides. No paving around it either - just dirt/sand. Bit scrappy.

They had trouble with the water supply while we were there and there was no water after our first afternoon. We wern't bothered about this and they did offer to take us to Omaruru to a room they had rented to have a shower, but it's a bit far, so we declined and just used water from a bucket that they brought. We also declined a free lunch to make up for the inconvenience, as we don't eat lunch.

We had a lovely early morning walk with Johnny, the guide. His knowledge of the area, animals and plants was excellent.

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Expert Africa comments

Lindy Van Den Bosch, co-owner of Erongo Wilderness Lodge, has apologised for inconvenience to guests due to the problem with the water during their stay, and would like to thank them for their patience and understanding.

One of the main water pumps in Omaruru, which is where Erongo’s water is piped from, had broken, and its replacement contained some airblocks which had to be bled out of the pipe. As this took a few days, the back-up tank at the lodge therefore also ran out of water.

Guests were supplied with bottled water in their rooms to drink and water taken from the pool was used to flush the toilet. As water was taken from the pool, the water level dropped so the pump could not be used, and so the pool became rather dirty. In order to conserve water, the grass was not watered during this period and so went brown in the heat.

Lindy has assured us that the water situation is now back to normal, and full facilities have resumed in the rooms. The swimming pool is once again clear and blue, and the grass is now returning to its original colour.

Mr S & Mrs K - West Midlands
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Very nice place to end tour.

Wonderful setting among huge boulders. Very good for birds difficult to see elsewhere (Hartlaub's Francolin, Rockrunner, Monteiro's Hornbill, Black Eagle etc.).

Also good views of Porcupine and lots of Rock Dassie.

Staff changed a flat tyre for us.

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