The Erongo Mountains showcase primeval landscapes strewn with tumbling granite boulders on the edge of an ancient volcano. These rugged outcrops hide a range of wildlife, from cobras and dassies to varied birdlife and even the odd leopard (which you are unfortunately very unlikely to see). Our favourite lodge here is within the protected Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, where a series of scenic guided and unguided hikes provide outstanding vistas and the chance to get familiar with the varied flora and fauna.
Guided hikes will usually be included in your stay, including more demanding early morning treks up the highest nearby pikes and relaxing late afternoon sundowner strolls with spectacular mountain views. There are also a number of ancient rock paintings and engravings in the area, including Paula’s Cave, which can either be included in a walk or a nature drive. Alternatively, with well-marked trails, little chance of getting lost and relatively low numbers of potentially dangerous animals, this is an outstanding area for self-guided hiking at your own pace.