we found Eningu Clayhouse Lodge a suprisingly welcome oasis after a 7 hour drive (in a sedan car) from Southern Namibia .
On our 2 day stay we were the only guests ( February is low season in Namibia) and this was like having our own game lodge .It is a small intimate site as other postings detail .
Our host was friendly and knowlegable and nothing was too much trouble .All the staff team were approachable and their attention to service and detail ,gave us a very positive experience to the end of our holiday .
we thought the lodge was delightfully constructed with chalets made out of clay that maintained a cool retreat from the hot sun.
The gardens were very pretty with interesting sculptures and there is a small shop and a library .
There is a viewing deck to enjoy a sundowner drink , and a pool and jaccuzzi that are dark in colour to mimic a waterhole. everything is very clean and well maintained .there are views of the bush from the poolside and jacuzzi and further views from our bedside window
The restaurant offered very good meals there was nothing to fault ..we had chicken and game and there is a good wine cellar that you can visit and choose your wine to go with your evening meal
the best bits for us was the walking trails around the game farm , we saw large and small game ,such as Oryx, Kudu, Stenbok,and various birds ,including a sceretary bird!
There is also plenty of information posted around the walks detailing the annimals ,tree names local population,and how the area is farmed -all very interesting
there is a hide near the lodge which you can visit at night -we took a bottle of wine and saw a procupine -he came right up to the hide! and we also saw jackals
If you have already seen the "big five" this is a great place to experience smaller game that often gets overlooked on a safari holiday ,and I would recommend statying here when you first land at Windhoek or perhaps as a last stop before your holiday ends
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eningu is a window on the Kalahari, a creative view from a place of wonderful style and Beauty; a Lodge imbued with warmth, handcraft and art, nestled in camel thorn savannah, where the last rocky outcrops of the central Namibian highlands dip their jagged backs into deep red sands, creating the gentle ripples that are the first dunes of the Kalahari. - Eningu Clayhouse Lodge offers nine private, individually styled guest rooms, a swimming pool with whirlpool, a rooftop sundeck, a lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, an archery range, a climatized wine cellar, a souvenir shop, beautifully set walking trails and much more. ... more less