Eningu Clayhouse

Reviews of Eningu Clayhouse

Good(87%) From 38 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 38 of our travellers who have visited Eningu Clayhouse, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The Water dikkops from Calgary, Canada
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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great!

Great place! You suggested this place for our needs (ie nice country stay to get over jet lag in a nice place to get a feel for the country. PERFECT!! and thanks for this!

From the books there are now new owners, not that it matters. The new manager, Bennie , was a great host! Very friendly, very nice. Gave us his card and said to call him anywhere, anytime if we have any kind of issues! Can't get better than this.

OOOOOOOOOO but THIS is important!!!!!!!!! We read nowhere in the Lonely Planet nor Brants guides that there is no heat in any of the Lodges in this country (maybe it is in there but we didn't remember seeing it). This was a bit of an issue. When we got there they were in a bit of a cold weather snap. It was about -5 at night. Being Canadians we have TONS of cold weather gear but didn't bring stuff for temps like this. We had to go buy fleese jackets in Windhoek.

Related to this, they have a great "hot" tub, which would have been nice to use, however they kept the temp so low it was like a cold pool! We didn't use it.

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Artist from Connecticut
Arrived on: 14-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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best place before going home

perfect place to chill out after the safari
fab food

great service and charm
wonderful pool and jacuzzi

snakes in the garden ...watch out [puffadder]

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Mr. Sparrowhawk - Isle of Man
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

Nice restful place to end the trip. Very attractive design.

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Mr. I - Combs
Arrived on: 30-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

Kate is a great asset. We stayed 4 years ago and it was fine, but the food is now excellent and Kate is a wonderful host.

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Mr & Mrs Cape turtle dove - Twickenham
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

The whole business of getting through the airport at Windhoek and picking up the Europcar rental went very smoothly - although we had to remind them to provide the extra spare tyre. The car was in very good condition indeed.

The 64 km gravel road drive to Eningu went well enough but it was a firm reminder that we had another 2000 plus kilometres of this kind of road ahead of us!

The welcome at Eningu was very warm indeed. We were instantly offered refreshments as our bags were taken to our room. It provided a much needed respite after what was a long and rather boring Air Namibia flight - the poor in-flight entertainment didn't help!
We liked Eningu a lot, wonderful food, a comfortable room and a chance to go for a walk. We also saw porcupines!

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Mr & Mrs Aardvark - Taunton, UK
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

Attractive set-up. Welcoming, witty owner and friendly staff.

Accommodation good tho' bedroom too full of bric-a-brac for our tastes! Pool excellent

Food and wine good. Good library for German-speakers.

No game guides but excellent walking network. game distinctly wary and hard to get to grips with but appeared to be fair variety. Birding good. Camp waterhole would benefit from cutting back vegetation which obscures much of it from view.

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Ms H and Family - Surrey
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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friendly stay at Eningu clayhouse

We were really lucky to arrive at the eningu clayhouse during the first rains since march so everyone was in high spirits! Hard to beat drinking a glass of cold white wine while sitting in a jacuzzi surrounded by the desert, and followed by a really delicious dinner cooked by the chef named doctor!

The rooms are really comfortable and the use of clay is really clever. Its location is fabulous, so close to the airport, and so we wish kate, the lodge owner, all the best for the future.

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Mr & Mrs B from Beds
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Last day in Namibia

This lodge was not at all as we had expected although the really cold weather did not help.

The other guests were all Germans who had been on a trip and this was their rest for 2/3 days so they were quite miserable - not much fun lying round the pool in scarves and fleeces.

The food was probably the worst of the trip. We left at 10am and went to Daan Viljoen Game Park which turned out to be a nice end to the holiday. On reflection we would have missed out on Eningu.

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Expert Africa comments

Kate Dunstan, Eningu's owner, responded very quickly when she received this feedback, commenting that it had greatly surprised her, and saying that this report was the first such negative feedback she had ever received!

She commented that the cold weather was unexpected, but the southerly wind brought rain that the country sorely needed at that time of the year. The lodge made a cozy fire indoors, and offered warm drinks throughout the day. Fortunately the cold was mainly in the morning, so walks around Eningu in the afternoon were still usually pleasant.

Kate is personally involved at the lodge, often even helping with the service of meals and drinks, and she commented that the menu that particular evening was:
* Springbok & wild honey pastry served with oven baked parmesan & garlic
bread
* Hartebeest fillet with smoked springbok, served with a white onion gravy &
potato croquettes and vegetables from the garden.
* Homemade Italian fresh banana ice-cream served with a homemade cognac
truffle.

She comments that she has taken this feedback very seriously, and remains committed to trying to deliver the highest standards possible.