1) Name of property and country: Erongo Wilderness Camp, Damaraland, Namibia
2) Website address if known: http://www.erongowil...ess-namibia.com
3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known). Green season, March, 2015
4) Length of stay: 2 nights
5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what? I read fantastic reports on TA about this property, their amazing views and their great walks.
6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently? I did the initial research and then contacted Discover Namibia who arranged everything.
7) How many times have you been on Safari? 4 times
8) To which countries? South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia.
9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to? A wilderness/nature version of Mowani
10) Was the camp/lodge fenced? No, but there wasn’t too much around to be worried about
11) How many rooms/tents does it have? I think about 10 rooms
12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private? We had views from one of the room’s balcony and the communal area had a breathtaking view over a small valley.
13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent? The rooms were large, comfortable, well furnished and clean. We enjoyed our time mainly at the communal area and the outside viewing area enjoying the views, drinks and snacks.
14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why. The food was fantastic.
15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?) Yes there were different things on offer.
16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes? Single tables, no hosting.
17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives? Did not take advantage
18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible. Open 4WD but we didn’t use it.
19) How many guests per row? Up to 3 in each row but normally 2.
20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken? Guided walks were offered free of charge and lasted between 2-4 hours.
21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you? Walks were determined by weather and which track we would take.
22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like? Private and no other guests around.
23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity?
24) Are you able to off-road? yes
25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting. N/A
26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings. Very good birding, no large mammal sightings, the area was chosen for its stunning nature and walks.
27) How was the standard of guiding? Brilliant.
28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue? N/A
29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why: Friendly, helpful, informative, happy and fun.
30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs? The staff were extremely helpful and happy during our stay.
31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known. Not sure.
32) Safaritalk trip report link:
33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:
Just what we needed after being on the road for 3 weeks. The Erongo Wilderness Lodge is an oasis that provides beautiful large tented accommodation with fantastic bathrooms and huge decks overlooking the surrounding landscape dotted with massive boulders and wildlife.
The staff are extra special and always on hand to provide you with whatever you need including yummy meals and refreshing drinks. The guided walks are fantastic and definitely worth waking up early for because the breakfast you get when back in camp is one of the best in Namibia.
We were lucky to experience wonderful, refreshing rains during the evening/night which made the sleeping temperatures lovely and allowed us to rejuvenate.
Wifi and a lovely pool was an added bonus. We also visited the San Living Museum which was up the road and it was absolutely brilliant!
Would definitely recommend.
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