Erongo Wilderness Lodge
There is a special wilderness area, encircled by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine. Here, in a secluded valley, you will find ten luxury tented chalets in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtaking views. Raised wooden walkways and natural stone steps connect the chalets to the main area, where the restaurant, lounge, swimming pooland sundowner deck invite you to relax and fully unwind.
The open-plan lounge and restaurant overlooks a floodlit waterhole, and is warmed by a central fireplace in the winter. Delicious and original meals, freshly baked breads and pastries, and sumptuous breakfasts, are all complemented by the spectacular setting.
The chalets, raised on stilts, are in harmony with their surroundings, with broad, shaded decks, and indulgent bathrooms built around the existing rocks and trees. Inside, each spacious tent is a haven of thoughtful comfort and casual luxury.
Nature provides the compelling reasons for visiting this unique environment. Many rare, endemic, and special species of animal, bird, and plant life thrive here, making this one of Namibia's most diverse and wildlife-rich areas.
This wealth of natural and cultural history can be enjoyed by joining a guided nature drive, visiting one of the Bushman rock art sites, or walking among the mountains with one of our knowledgeable guides. Or make the experience a more personal one by simply exploring on your own, or just soaking up the atmosphere from the private deck of your tent.
Luxuriate in this richness of nature.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge is situated 2 hours from Windhoek, near the town of Omaruru, and is part of the 2oo ooo hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. This pristine area straddles the Erongo Mountains; a natural reserve within a vast volcanic crater complex, which boasts unparalleled biodiversity and is renowned as a birding "hotspot".
At Erongo, we like to encourage our guests to relax and take the time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Erongo Bushveld. It is a perfect place to spend the day by the pool with a good book, or if the energy of the granite mountains inspire you, to take a long walk with one of our experienced guides through the mountains.
A few suggested activities for those people wanting to keep busy during their stay are listed below:
Nature Drive / Paula's Cave
Erongo Wilderness Lodge forms part of the 200 000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. This pristine wilderness area straddles the Erongo Mountains: a natural reserve within a vast volcanic crater complex, which boasts unparalleled biodiversity. After about an hour and a half's drive through the scenically beautiful lodge property you will end up at the foot of the hill where the site of Paula's Cave can be found. An easy walk up the hill will take you to the National Monument site of some outstanding bushman rock art. After
exploring the rock art, relax with a cold 'sundowner' drink and enjoy the closing of the day. A slow drive searching for nocturnal animals with the help of a spotlight will bring you back to the lodge in time for dinner. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. This drive can be done both in the morning or the afternoon.
Walking the area surrounding the Lodge is highly encouraged and is the best way to experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. Our guides have been very well trained on the interesting Fauna and Flora of the area and are available to escort guests through the property at any time that suits them. An unlimited number of guided walks are included in the rate. We have put together a number of interesting walks to suit people of all different fitness levels.
- Sundowner walk: Very close to the lodge, you will be guided up a granite hill where you can enjoy a cold sundowner drink while watching the sun set over spectacular views of the Erongo and Brandberg Mountains.
- Early morning walk: This is for those who want to get the most out of the beauty of the Erongo Mountains during the stunning early morning light. This walk is 3 - 4 hours in duration and can be of various degrees of difficulty depending on your preference. We meet at 06h00 in the restaurant for tea, coffee & rusks. Your guide will take extra water, juice and snacks along for en-route.
- Morning Walk: This is for those who want to have a more relaxed walk, but still experience the beauty of the Erongo Mountains. This walk is 1 - 2 hours in duration and can be of various degrees of difficulty, depending on your preference. We meet at 07h00 in the restaurant for tea, coffee, fresh juice, rusks, muffins and a selection of fruit.
Self - Guided Walking Trails
A number of walking trails have been marked out through the spectacular areas around the lodge. Again, these are of varying degrees of difficulty - some being more suited to the adventurous explorer, and some more suited to those wanting to opt for a gentle stroll.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge has an abundance of bird life. From the raptors to the tiniest of sunbirds, the viewing of birds in the area is superb.
The nest of the resident breeding pair of Black (Verreaux) Eagles can be seen on cliff faces, with sightings of this magnificent bird occurring frequently. The lodge dining room and bar overlook a small valley where a fantastic variety of species can be sighted drinking from one of the three water points. These include both Namibian and South African endemics such as: Hartlaub's Francolin, Redbilled Francolin, Ruppell's Parrot, Rosyfaced Lovebird, Monteiro's Hornbill, Carp's Black Tit, Damara Rockrunner, Pririt Batis, Whitetailed Shrike, Violet-eared Waxbill, and the Redheaded Finch.
The abundance of water around the lodge in what is an otherwise dry area, also make it a haven for Plumcoloured Starlings, Melba Finches, Rock Kestrels, Masked Weavers, Rock Buntings, Whitebellied Sunbirds and a whole host of others.
...do as little or as much as you like...
- airport (less than 15km)
- airport transfers
- babysitting service
- big game (less than 30km)
- laundry facilities onsite
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- parking off-site
- restaurant onsite
- tea / coffee making facilities
Travelling from Windhoek, use one of the following routes:
- From Windhoek, take the B1 to Okahandja, which becomes the B2 as you head towards Swakopmund. Shortly before Karibib take the C33 towards Omaruru. Travel along this road for 63 km, and just before the town of Omaruru, turn left onto the D2315. After 10 km of gravel road turn left into Erongo Wilderness Lodge. (Please ignore the sign which says "Erongo Lodge 42 km" as this is a different establishment.)
- This route is approximately 40 kilometres shorter in total than the previous one, but involves an extra 70 kilometres of gravel road. About 70km after Okahandja take the turnoff C36 towards Wilhelmstal on your right. Travel on this gravel road for about 67km until you reach a T-Junction with the Karibib - Omaruru tar road (C33). Turn right on this road towards Omaruru. About 3km along this road and about 3 km before reaching the town of Omaruru turn left onto the D2315. Travel along this road for 10 km until you see the Erongo Wilderness Lodge sign indicating you to turn left into the Lodge.
Travelling from Swakopmund, use one of the following routes:
- From Swakopmund, take the B2 towards Windhoek and Karibib. Shortly after Karibib, turn right onto the C33 towards Omaruru. Travel on this road for 63km before turning left onto the D2315. After 10 km of gravel road turn left into the lodge.
- For a more scenic route from Swakopmund, follow the directions above towards Karibib and Usakos. At Usakos, turn left on the D2306 towards Okombahe. After +/- 50km turn right on the D2315 towards Omaruru and continue along this road for +/- 48km until you see the signs to turn right into the Erongo Wilderness Lodge gate. This route is accessible with a normal 2 wheel drive vehicle, will add on +/- 30 min to your journey and will take you on gravel roads through the scenic Erongo Mountains.
Travelling from the North, travel through the town of Omaruru on the C33 towards Karibib. About 3km out of Omaruru, turn right onto the D2315. After 10 km of gravel road turn left into the lodge.
- After entering the lodge gate, travel a few hundred meters until you see a parking area and a sign indicating that the lodge is 800m up a steep hill. If you have a 4X4 you may continue up the road up to the lodge, otherwise we will collect you from the parking area.
Please travel safely