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 P from Purley
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Lovely setting to end the holiday.

Staff very friendly. Guided walk well worth the effort. Tents are just starting to show a little age.

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Harrow
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dassi delight

The camp was in a stunning location with a bit of a climb up to bed (we had the highest tent with the best view!!!!!).
The tent was excellent, and the shower and toilet in a unique setting. When you showered you looked up and the dassis were there looking at you!!!!!

There was a small pool amongst the rocks which was a pleasure to use during the hottest part of the day (siesta time!!!).

We did an early morning walk which turned into a bit of a route march. It would have been better to have had good maps and done it ourselves had we realised. However it gave us a good feel for the area.

The wild life and birds were very good with porcupine in the evening at the small water hole, several endemic birds and baboons roaming the mountain tops morning and night.

A great way to finish our holiday.

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Expert Africa comments

Roger, Erongo’s owner, came back to us on these comments to comment on the walking activities that the lodge offers. He wrote that:

“The two morning walks that we offer are either:

a) an early morning walk, currently leaving at 06h00, which is fairly long. It takes about 3-4 hours and is a relatively strenuous walk, as we try and explore the area and enjoy the views from the top of various hilltops. Alternatively ...

b) another walk leaving at 07h00, which is designed for guests who would like to sleep a little later, do a shorter, less strenuous walk. It normally takes about 1-2 hours, and we hope that this is still enough for visitors to enjoy the real beauty of the Erongo Mountains.

Neither walk is ever supposed to be a 'route march'; both are meant to be informative walks taking in the spectacular scenery. I’m sorry if we got it wrong for these travellers, and they did not enjoy their walk.

We will have a chat to our guides and re-assert the importance of taking the time to allow the guests to enjoy the area and pass on their knowledge of all the fauna & flora found there. Incidentally, we do have printed maps that mark out the self-guided walking trails which should have been pointed out to these travellers during their check-in briefing. I’m sorry if this wasn’t done; I’ll check to make sure that it is in future.”

Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

This is a great place. After days trapped in a car it was good to be able to get out for a few walks. T

he Dassie Hyrax were wonderfully photogenic. The scenery here is fascinating and walking is really the best way to appreciate it.

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Dr R & Dr M - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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spectacular location

this has to be visited for its spectacular location.

Tented accomodation in the mountains is great. a pity this was our last night...it was the only night we could get....worth booking for 2 nights a year ahead!

wildlife is more low key than before but still special and different.

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Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

What an end to a wonderful trip - the setting is breathtaking, the accommodation fascinating, the food delicious. When one of the party was unable to continue on the guided walk (included in the price because they want you to explore the place and learn about the flora and fauna) the guide took him on a special walk along the flat so that he too could share in the experience. Such hospitality!

The timing of the guided walks means a late breakfast (10.30am) so that the delicious sweet and savoury snacks at 3.00 just bridge the gap before dinner which is served after sundown. The restaurant was perched above the waterhole and visited by various animals including porcupine.

The swimming pool was a very welcome place to relax in the afternnon as was the verandah which had a wonderful view of the sunset.

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Mrs J. & family - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Fantastic location, individual tented chalets nicely isolated, we liked the smallness of hte lodge.
welcome Pimms!
Wonderful relaxation areas
Very good linen and beautifully presented rooms.
Sun-rise and -downer bird watching guided walks.
Very friendly staff, with some nice individual touches.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Notts
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

We stayed three nights and had a tent/chalet higher up the hillside - guests staying 1 night often get the tents lower down we were told. The location is stunning and we had a great view from our tent. There are some wonderful walks, either guided or self-guided. Good walking shoes are required for the climbs up the rocks/boulders.

In two full days we did two guided walks, a nature drive and two self-guided walks. All of these were very interesting. Activities seem to be on a first come, first served basis and on our second day the nature drive was over-subscribed. The guides were very good.

The food is delicious and plentiful. Breakfast was particularly good, but frequently interrupted by love birds and other colourful birds. Dinner was frequently interrupted by porcupines!

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Wonderful location and a great place to chill. Walks excellent.
Sundowner drive a little disappointing based upon the cost.

Food was varied and of high quality.
Staff was extremely helpful and personable.

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Mr A & Mrs L - Notts
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

The place I didn't want to leave - highlight of the trip for me.

After over 7 hours in a car, I think we would have appreciated almost anywhere but Erongo was just a piece of paradise, hidden away up an awesome track and with animals right up to the door. Dassies everywhere - pure entertainment for hours just in front of our patio.

The way the camp is laid out gave a real sense of everyone being hidden away in their own private space, and the restaurant at the top of the hill gave a wonderful view out over the valley and appeared to be a magnet for such a huge variety of birds that my camera had to come to every meal. The waterhole lit up at night made sitting out with a drink or coffee an important part of the evening, even if it meant warm jackets and gloves.

Charlie, the guide for our 'flat, short walk before breakfast', was an absolute delight. He just loves his job and his enthusiasm and interest made it a wonderful experience, even though it certainly wasn't flat and we were back so late they had almost decided to move from breakfast to lunch. We would have loved an extra day here just to go exploring with him again.

The evening trip to the caves to see the rock art gave the feeling that we were the only people in this huge wilderness and again our guide was excellent, finding us troupes of baboons, klipspringers and amazing eagles and hawks - so difficult to spot in this landscape that it feels so rewarding when you do.

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Prof. S & Mrs M - Cumbria
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Lots of character again, and very striking location

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