Close to Omararu in Namibia’s attractive Central Highlands, Erongo Wilderness Lodge is an ideal place to spend a low-key couple of days exploring and relaxing. The setting is fantastic, hidden amidst the kopjes, peaks and plains of the Erongo Mountains, with an array of picturesque walking routes and sundowner spots. It’s also highly convenient for northern Namibia itineraries, roughly equidistant between Windhoek and Swakopmund, and only a relatively short drive from Etosha, Damaraland and the Waterberg Plateau.
The 10 luxury tented chalets are invitingly spread amongst the massive boulders and shapely granite outcrops of the 200,000 hectare Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy. Inside, there are low slung beds on dark wood floors with colourful rugs and bedspreads, leading out to a private deck with sweeping views. The en-suite bathrooms are built around rocks and trees under a thatched roof so as not to disturb the environment, and there is a chance to open up a zip and shower under the stars. Just getting around camp can be an interesting hike, with the central area’s open dining deck and refreshing swimming pool connected to the tents by walkways and steps. Activities centre on well-marked walking trails and guided hikes, along with visits to the ancient rock art site at Paula’s Cave and nature drives to enjoy the scenery, animals and birdlife.