Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Reviews of Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Excellent(96%) From 372 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 372 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 W from Winchester
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Rocky steep entrance road, left the Duster at the bottom.
Dispersed chalets across a large site, we are in the furthest away, 200-yard walk upwards in the heat.
Accommodation was fine, bed a bit small and no A/C
Nice external dining terrace with good views, but an arduous climb up to it.
Nice suppers in the balmy evening
Good excursions, Herman a good guide, the morning walk before breakfast was superb, watching the sun rise and illuminating the surrounding hills and mountains in a beautiful low-level light.
A hard climb for our sundowner walk, steep and rocky, but rewarded with fantastic views and good sunset over the Brandberg Mountains.

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Mr I P - February in Namibia
Arrived on: 12-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

This is a real treat amongst the rocks. The drive the camp (even the last 400m) is easy for anyone in a 4WD vehicle.

The rooms are really well appointed and have incredible views. The bathrooms are cleverly designed and allow you to shower al fresco in privacy.

The bar and dining area are excellent with superb views. The food was really good and we thoroughly enjoyed the sundowner evening walk.

The self guided trails are well marked and the views from the top of the baboon trail are breathtaking! For animal lovers, there are hundreds of dassies scurrying about.

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Ms L - Queensland
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Poorly managed, birds gone

This lodge is located nicely amongst spectacular granite boulders. I requested a room with best views and was given one. However it seems to be poorly managed. They never bothered to obtain a couple of items put through to them more than once before my arrival. They only started ringing the store at Omaruru after I arrived and spoke to them. That store being in a small town had virtually nothing I needed except low fat milk. The owner who happened to be around for a few days had to go to pick it for me, with some of the other food being brought back by the manager from Windhoek (where his wife had to go for an appointment) after half of my stay was over.

I was told by Expert Africa that all the Namibian lodges confirmed they will supply what I requested, but it hasn't turned out to be the case.

Upon arrival I booked the sundowner tour, and was told to go to reception at 6.30pm. I went to reception at 6pm, confirmed it again, saw the guide walk past, and found out at 6.30pm they had left without me as the time had been changed to 6pm without the receptionist knowing, and the receptionist had never told the guide of my booking. So at 6.30pm, the owner had to take me up to join the group himself. I was very put out.

This lodge appeared to have little organization. Reception has no fixed open hours. Light bulbs leading up the steps to the restaurant were blown. If one didn't have a torch one had to go up stairs in the dark. I suspected they only got replaced as the owner was here and noticed it.

This lodge had a reputation for bird watching. But due to the severe drought 2 years ago, most species have left, and I only saw several rather common species around.

My recommendation is to spend about a day here, just to do some of the walking trails. Otherwise there's not much else to do.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re sorry that this traveller didn’t enjoy her time at Erongo as much as we’d hoped.

This travellers dietary requests were quite unusual, and we did pass them on to the lodge. We also asked for more detail about them, but having received a relaxed easy-going response, we didn’t persue this any more. In hindsight, we regret not pushing harder to get a more detailed description of all of this traveller’s precise dietary needs as this could have helped Erongo to prepare better.

We were sorry to hear about the mixup over the sundowner departure time, but good to hear that the lodge manager made immediate amends and ensured that this guest didn’t miss out on the experience.

Considering the bird-watching, we’re sorry if she hit a slightly dry time here. That said, we note that another of our traveller who visited around this time, in November 2017, saw over 15 different species over only a couple of hours in front of the lodge.

Whatever the root cause of these differences / misunderstandings, we remain very sorry that her time at the lodge didn’t live up to what you she hoped for. However, we think it’s important that you read this traveller's whole trip review to put her feedback in context.

This traveller commented that it was a trip that she wanted to forget. Clearly Expert Africa must take some blame for this, as she notes that her expectations of her destinations were inappropriate – and one of our jobs is to ensure that travellers' expectations are as close to the reality as possible. Clearly in this case we failed.

She comments that she "wasn't prepared for how backward Africans were” and that she’d found this trip to be "very taxing” - we’re really sorry this was the outcome. As a company we would rather not send someone to Africa than send someone with badly misaligned expectations … which seems to have been the case here.

Mr M. from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great location at Erongo

Only there for one night.

Wonderful scenery and great accommodation, but no wildlife at least on our walk.

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Mr & Mrs B - Colorado
Arrived on: 23-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A Truly Special Place!

I don't think there is any way to prepare you for just how special Erongo Wilderness Lodge is. The scenery is simply stunning and unlike anything else I've seen. You will find yourself perched on a hill of enormous boulders and mountains formed by long-ago volcanic activity. The luxury tents are not just tents but have extensive outdoor space for you to enjoy. Ours had an outdoor shower, outdoor lounge-bed, small dining table, and another set of comfortable lounge chairs on a deck. I could happily live in that tent! The views are unbeatable.

The manager was incredibly welcoming and funny and made us feel right at home. We loved his unexpected bush-dog, Alaska the Pomeranian, and really enjoyed having a pet around the property! The pool area is small but cute and the pool was very refreshing. The food was wonderful–probably the best we had in Namibia. My husband raved about the game meat and how it was cooked and they catered well to my vegetarian needs.

We went on a guided sundowner hike in the evening to enjoy a stunning sunset view and also a morning hike to the top of one of the mountains. Both guides were very kind and knowledgable. We also did the nature drive to see the beautiful rock art in a cave and enjoyed all of these activities very much. We did not see much wildlife apart from rock dassies and baboons but did enjoy the lovebirds that visit the feeder by the restaurant in the morning, and the abundance of stunning scenery on the property will make any photographer very happy!

I was very sad to leave this lodge as it was such a special place to stay. I don't think there is anywhere like it in the world and I very much hope to return again.

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The Rolling Crones
Arrived on: 29-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Another good lodge, with friendly staff. Excellent guide on a couple of walks and to see the rock paintings. Loved the location set into the rocks. The girls in our party didn't like the crocodile in the pool. The movement of the water gave the impression of it moving. Otherwise loved it.

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The G's. from London
Arrived on: 3-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Lodge

We were given room 10 which had spectacular views from a lovely terrace.

The pool area sadly did not have a view and where the sunbeds were it was rather dark.

Great views from the main dining area outside.

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Dr & Mrs S - France
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

We stayed for only one night at Erongo making it our last stop en route back to Windhoek.

The lodge seems to be under new management and is, if anything, even better now than we remember it from our previous visit in 2010 .

The lodge is in a spectacular location amongst massive granite boulders and really deserves a longer stay.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, everyone is very friendly and the food is excellent.

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Mr and Mrs S - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful location

We last visited the lodge in 2002 and we're happy to return. The location is stunning, the tents renewed and the private sitting areas expanded.

Staff were generally friendly and some were exceptionally helpful (special thanks to Simeon and the manager/owner).

We did three activities: the sundowner walk, the nature drive to the cave and the guided dassie trail. Culis was an excellent guide - well informed and thoughtful.

The lodge offered the best breakfasts on our holiday. Evening meals were also good - eaten on a raised platform under the stars. Every morning at 7.00 seed was put out for the birds.

On our first morning I just sat and watched for a couple of hours as over 15 different species descended to feed. There was also good birding in the scrub immediately around the lodge drive and waterhole.

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Frank and Cath from Retford
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Erongo Wilderness Lodge review

Very interesting location with a wide range of walks.

Staff very helpful.

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