- Luxury rooms with views
- Great walking trails
- Ideal for bird-spotting
- Pool in rock overlooking plains
Set in a secluded valley in the western region of Namibia, Erongo Wilderness Lodge lives up to its name. There are a number of guided walks and nature drives on offer, designed to immerse guests in the surrounding landscape, and the lodge even has luxury living facilities built around existing rocks and trees.
Activities at Erongo Wilderness Lodge centre on a particular approach to nature explorations: relax and take your time. The sundowner walks, early morning walks, and morning walks offer guided treks of varying degrees of length through the rich nearby fauna. Guests can also participate in Nature Drives, which are equally relaxing.
One of the destinations on the drive is Paula’s Cave, which features bushman rock art that guests can explore, after which a slow drive back to the lodge offers a great opportunity to spot nocturnal game. The Erongo area is home to a plethora of birdlife, and guests can expect to spot a variety of unique species on the self-guided walks, from Black Eagles to Plum-coloured Starlings, and raptors to the smallest sunbirds.
Guest accommodation consists of 10 tented suites tucked away in the rocky Erongo Massif, offering good views of the surrounding private Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. Each is spacious and comfortable, with en-suite facilities.
The main lodge has a swimming pool, which has been built into the rock, and a deck overlooking the plains. The lodge’s location near the town of Omaruru gives guests a chance to discover local Namibian culture. While this may detract from the wilderness feel, the lodge more than compensates by providing a great spot from which the Erongo mountain landscape can be explored, along with lovely views.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge welcomes children of all ages, but a stay will be best suited to families with older children able to participate in the various walking activities on offer.
- Fire pit with views of rock formations
- Good line-up of activities and excursions
- Well placed for exploring Spitzkoppe
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019