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Eningu Clayhouse Lodge

Eningu Clayhouse Lodge

Eningu Clayhouse Lodge is forty miles from Hosea Kutako International Airport and about seventy miles from Namibia's capital city of Windhoek. The word “Eningu” means porcupine in the local language, and it will come as no surprise that one of the activities at the lodge is a nightly porcupine “restaurant” that is always well-attended by the local porcupines. Their activities can be safely watched from a hide at the waterhole.

Although the lodge is fairly close to Windhoek, the Kalahari colors are here and the lodge décor mimics their panorama. The adobe clay bricks used to construct the lodge were made on the farm, all 12,000 of them. The lodge is adorned with a wonderful mix of unusual artefacts, art and sculpture, painted floors, and antique furniture.

The large swimming pool is perfect for the hot days, and when the weather turns cold or you need to warm away an unhappy muscle, the heated whirlpool is just the ticket. A souvenir shop stocks selected Namibian arts and crafts for those lucky friends and family back home.

This area has an impressive variety of game including springbok, kudu, oryx, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker, hartebeest, wildebeest, warthog, ground squirrel, mongoose, suricate, hare, baboon, and cheetah. Nocturnal animals include leopard, aardvark, African wild cat, caracal, bat-eared fox, genet, badger, and the name-sake porcupine.

Birdwatchers are spoiled for choice with the following list of species only the tip of the iceberg: Bronze-winged Courser, Hammerkop, Secretary Bird, White backed Vulture, Black shouldered Kite, Tawny Eagle, Rock Kestrel, Red billed Francolin, Common Quail, Guinea fowl, Kori Bustard, Red crested Korhaan, Black Korhaan, Crowned Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Burchell’s Courser, Double banded Courser, Namaqua Sand grouse, Barn Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Lilac breasted Roller, Hoopoe, Pied Barbet, Grey backed Finch lark, Red-eyed Bulbul, and Crimson-Breasted Shrike.

Accommodation is in ten very comfortable rooms, some offering double beds, some with three beds, and one family room with four beds. All have en-suite bathrooms, a ceiling fan, a heater, and a thatched patio where guests can sit and enjoy the sunsets. Meals at Eningu are cooked by an award-winning chef. Guests are pampered with a superb choice of creative meals that feature home-made breads, smoked meats, and fresh produce from the garden.

Activities include wandering along well-marked hiking trails, visiting the hide at the waterhole to birdwatch or enjoy the evening porcupine feed, hiking a special botanical trail through various vegetation zones, and participating in archery, volleyball, or badminton.

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