Eningu Clayhouse

Reviews of Eningu Clayhouse

Good(90%) From 62 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 62 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.
Mr & Mrs L from Staffs
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

Our last night and it would have been very peaceful and relaxing but a storm raged throughout the early evening and night. We were looking forward to walking through the grounds (a luxury after all the driving) but sadly we were unable to do this.
The mud huts were very organic and unusual.

We got the impression that guests are somewhat scarce here as there were very few entries in the guest book.
Food was excellent, staff very quiet and unassuming.

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Mr J & friends from UK
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse

Great place to stay for a relaxing first/final night. Just over an hour from the airport.

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Mrs E & fam from NL
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ening Clayhouse

Most beautiful Lodge we have visited this holiday. Amazing!

The food was not of this world, like a 5 star restaurant. Outstanding.

Great place for hiking trips.

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Mrs & Mr C from Toronto
Arrived on: 8-May-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Red Clay desert lodge

This lodge introduced us to Namibia, a quiet and beautifully remote location which symbolized most of the country. We were surprised by the open spaces, sky and red desert, with animals appearing quietly around us.

The distances between farms, towns, and the absence of people first shocked us - why was the hotel so remote. But we learned that this is part of the experience of Namibia - it is unlike our huge city - peaceful and slow.-paced. We spent just one night and were welcomed to a good dinner, a comfortable room that had sitting areas and rustic decor, and lovely marked trails. The owner was very friendly and kind, sending us off with a packed lunch.

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Mr R & Mrs B from Portugal
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A unexpected pleasant surprise

We were expecting an average place near the airport for our last night but we could not have been more wrong. It is really wonderful to come across somewhere like this. After 65km on a gravel road we were so surprised to find Eningu.

The rooms were large and well equipped and comfortable. We received a very warm welcome and were only sorry that we only had one night to enjoy this oasis in the desert. We were the only guests on that night but the lodge was prepared as if it was full. Dinner was excellent and breakfast buffet also.

A definite place on our return list to spend longer there.

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Dr D & Mrs V from UK
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

An enjoyable visit.

Allowed to stay on without charge until lunchtime before leaving for airport.

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Ms C & Mr B from Inverness
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

Owner changed 2 years ago so review of facilities needed. Telescope has gone for starters. No sign of porcupine feeding.

Friendly with good food and nice room. Relaxing. Seemed a popular place to finish holiday.

Couldn't find start of trails for a walk. Map vague.

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Drs from Brisbane
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Relaxation at Eningu

Eningu was a delightful place to spend our first night following a long journey from Australia. This is probably one of the most attractive places in which we have stayed in Namibia. The surroundings were beautiful, relaxing and peaceful. The rooms were attractive, and the beds were comfortable and cosy. We were surprised by the amount of wildlife at Eningu - porcupine, eland, mongooses and lots of birds. Our evening meal was delicious - imaginative, well prepared and of excellent quality.

Eningu is presently undergoing some renovations following flood damage earlier this year. The owner apologised profusely for any inconvenience, but there was really no need since we barely noticed any disturbance.

We would recommend this lodge to anyone wishing a relaxing day or two on arrival in Namibia, or before departure from Windhoek Airport.

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Mr C & Mrs K from UK
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

The route from the main road to the lodge (~50 Km calcrete + 3Km sand track) was easily accomplished in our car.

The lodge being built of adobe looks mexican but the rooms are beatifuly set out and very comfortable. We, sadly, didn't manage to see porcupine. Again it was sad to only spend on night. The owner was very friendly (as were the staff) and allowed us to over run the official checkout time as we were heading for the airport (at the end of the calcrete road) in the evening.

This lodge provided the best food of the whole trip. (Though all of the food was good )

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Ms S & Mr D from South
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Eningu Clayhouse review

There is no doubt that Eningu Clayhouse is in a unique setting. The rooms are spacious and unusual with the bed being surrounded by a clay base. The lodge has a small artificial watering hole with a hide. We were fortunate to see the resident porcupine feeding there in the evening. There are walks around the lodge, but these are primarily directed at viewing flora, rather than fauna.

Unfortunately, I would not recommend staying here, particularly if you are a non-smoker. This was the only establishment where we troubled by our fellow diners smoking during both dinner and breakfast. There were four tables at dinner. Two were occupied by smokers, including a pipe smoker. We headed towards the main building for breakfast at 8:30 am, but made a U-turn to our room once we smelt the smoke wafting towards us as we approached. We delayed our arrival at breakfast as late as possible in the hope that the other guests would have finished. No such luck. We would have had sit next to a chain smoker and her pipe smoking companion had not moved our place settings indoors.

To add to our frustration, we arrived at airport the next morning with 1/4 tank of petrol only to discover that, despite what it shows on the map, there is no public petrol station at the airport. We'd passed through nearby Omitara on the way to the airport and didn't find the petrol station there, either. We had to drive all the way in Windhoek to fill up the car. (There is a petrol station in Dordabis, which we'd passed through on the previous day.)

Frankly, there is very little advantage staying at Eningu on your last night in Namibia. The unique setting does not make up for the extra distance, unpleasant dining experience and lack of petrol stations.

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