Reviews of Erongo Wilderness Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Good to be back
We enjoyed our stay here in the spectacular surrounds & it was good to be able to do some walking. Clearly the animal density is quite low particularly after an outbreak of poaching, but given that we had a guide who was well informed about the local flora this was not a problem. It was good to revisit the cave paintings we had seen several years ago.
The tents have been been replaced with larger, more luxurious ones but their furnishing needs revising to provide more storage capacity & surfaces. We understand that this is planned
Overall a very enjoyable last stop before returning.
The lodge needs some method of communication between the lower car park & the lodge so that guests without a 4x4 don't have to lug their luggage up to the camp. We were lucky enough to arrive at the same time as one of the staff who helped us with ours!
I would also point out that the shortest rout between Erongo & Windhoek uses the C36 which has a very good gravel surface & cuts about 35k from the journey.
Erongo - very welcoming
We drove to Erongo on the afternoon we arrived in Windhoek. It was a sensible approach given we had limited time in Namibia - but it took 2 hours to clear Windhoek airport and get the car from Budget - and that coupled with starting out pretty cautiously on the Namibian roads meant it was dark by the time we arrived.
When we did get there, the staff at Erongo were lovely. They were waiting for us at the car park to transfer to a 4WD for the last bit of the drive, and got us into our room and to dinner speedily after our arrival.
Our room was charming and comfortable, and the food was excellent. We had our first kudu sighting of the trip at the waterhole at dinner in the moonlight.
We got up early for the nature walk. The guide was gentle and knowledgeable, and we felt we learned a little about local culture as well as wildlife.
We were only in Erongo 1 night, but could have stayed another quite happily.
When we were there (end September 2012) they had had a power outage due to a bush fire - so were running on generators. But they were handling it very sensibly and equipped everyone with torches for the few hours in the night when they didn't have full electricity.
A real little find
While this was just a stop over for on the way home the manager and staff were again the friendliest and nicest people one could hope to meet.
We just loved the challets and had a nice moring walk.
End of a great holiday.
The granite outcrops in this area create a most unusual landscape with the tents scattered amongst the boulders. The tents have recently been replaced and are not as attractive as the previous ones.but adequately appointed.
Because of the position amongst the rocks it was quite a climb to and from tent and restaurant.
The amount of game to be seen was very limited apart from Damara dik dik and Klipspringer, however the geology and flora were of interest.
Erongo is a very good, well run camp
The Erongo Wilderness Camp is in a splendidly isolated situation. The accomodation is very good, we had chalet no. 10 with a great view back over the plain. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a pleasant, guided early morning walk and spent the afternoon following the well marked trails around the area of the camp. We can recommend the "Eagle" path as this gives good views of the surrounding area. The bird watching was good, only a few animals but we will definitely visit this camp againRead more about the whole safari
Brilliant stay at Erongo
A great experience. Tented lodges were excellent with large outside sitting area. Excellent bathroom in spite of the warning about Zebra snakes being able to climb in but has not occured yet but have to warn guests.
Good evening drive to Paula's cave to see rock paintings and have sundowners. Sundowner walk available. Excellent dinner on return. Morning walk included, excellent guide and good breakfast on return.
No great rush for one to leave rooms and the whole experience was one to be repeated if we get the chance and staying longer.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
Beautiful location and a lovely camp. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Food excellent.
We did not take advantage of the free guided walks here but went on a nature/scenic drive (game is fairly sparse here but they don't pretend otherwise and the scenery makes up for it).
This and Mushara were both close seconds to Hoodia and we'd certainly stay here again.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
Good stop over instead of Windhoek - not sure what you'd do for longer stays thoughRead more about the whole safari
Return to Erongo
New managers (2 weeks in role) greeted us warmly and we were able to select our own tented room as only one other couple staying that night. Much improved since last visit 5 years ago as tents no longer thatched but made of canvas with much larger decking area to admire stunning views. Proper lockable doors ensured security.
Enjoyed walk with knowledgeable guide to view sunset and saw baboon troop, cliffspringer and the ubiquitous hyrax. Given bottle of champagne to celebrate our wedding anniversary and enjoyed a delicious dinner outside near the lit boma. Good attention to detail - partially unlit walkway due to temporary shortage of bulbs was rectified by staff for return trip after dinner. All staff cheerful and helpful.
The Beauty of Erongo
The information provided by Expert Africa did a superb job of preparing us for this Lodge.
It was a comfortable drive from the airport and the welcome was both warm and informative. The lodge manager was away but the relief managers Kubus and his wife Martha were excellent and could not do enough to make us comfortable, especially in helping me get medical help when I needed it.
Some of the tents, including the one allocated to us have been upgraded and there were some problems such as the door blowing open in high wind due to a poor fit. The problems will be sorted out very soon. The location is stunning and the guides Johnny and Culis did an excllent job in helping us get the most from our stay. Food was of a high standard and eating out under the stars a delight. Timo and Baliria in the resturant were attentive and friendly.
The nature drive is just that, but this understates the beauty of the area and the photographic opportunities it presents. We could easily have spent more time here and would return without hesitation.
All tents have good views but No 10 is the one to go for!