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Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Erongo Wilderness Lodge is in the Erongo Mountains close to the northern Namibia town of Omaruru. The lodge is nestled among huge boulders and granite formations close to an ancient volcano. This region of Namibia is flanked by the Namib Desert to the west and mixed woodland savanna to the east. It is a rare confluence of ecosystems and home to a vast array of plant, reptile, mammal, and bird species.

Erongo is a founding member of The Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, which consists of thirty private landowners who wish to conserve and protect almost 800 square miles of natural splendor. The Conservancy's mission includes the preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage in the form of rock paintings and engravings found throughout the area. A good example is the Paula's Cave.

Erongo offers ten spacious tented chalets built on stilts and covered by steep thatched roofs. Surrounded by boulders, the chalets have an aura of privacy. The en-suite bathrooms are al fresco (outdoors) and have been built to meld seamlessly into the surrounding terrain. The chalets have timber doors, a pleasant departure from the traditional zippers.

Raised wooden walkways and stone steps lead you from the resident chalets to the main lodge area. The restaurant and pub are on a separate rocky outcrop, from which the floodlit waterhole can be enjoyed. There is a large central fireplace, comfortable lounge with comfortable seating, and the “Mokoro” bar. Two decked areas are where meals and drinks can be enjoyed in warmer weather.

As far as meals, the day normally begins with coffee and snacks before the morning activity. Upon your return, tuck into a huge brunch. Freshly baked cakes and tea are served in the mid-afternoon before the afternoon activities. And dinner is exactly the delicious end to the day that you would expect. On occasions it has included baked camembert with red current sauce, beefsteak in brandy and cream sauce, pork in red wine, and an appetizing apple strudel and custard to end.

The area has a fair range of animals including leopard, kudu, oryx, eland, mountain zebra, springbok, and steenbok . . . and the birding is not bad either. Depending on when you arrive, you may be able to see the nests of two breeding pairs of Verreaux's Eagles on the cliff faces. Peregrine falcon and Booted eagle have been recorded here too along with over fifty more species.

Erongo offers guided walks that start from the lodge and lead up to a granite viewpoint. Explore the flora and fauna encountered along the way the flora and fauna. In the late afternoon you will have the opportunity to walk up to a rocky outcrop for sunset drinks. The views are outstanding and if you enjoy sunsets, this area has some of the best in Africa.

Nature drives under the watchful eyes of expert guides makes for exquisite time spent in the bush. You do not know what to expect, and around every corner and behind each rock and in each bush is something new. Open-topped Land Cruisers are ideal vehicles for the adventure, and the large conservancy has much to offer.

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