My wife and I stayed at Eningu Clayhouse Lodge for two nights at the start of our trip to Nambia and Zambia. As we had been on planes for about 40 hours before we got to the lodge, and it was the perfect, quiet place to relax. We were the only guests, but as there only 9 rooms I can't imagine it ever getting very busy. The lodge has a nice pool which invites you to relax and enjoy the sun.
There is lots of unusual African art all around – in the rooms, along the paths, around the pools, and in the main building. There are a few miles of quiet trails to experience the Namibian bush and savannah. Nothing spectacular, but quiet fun. There is a hide at the water hole to watch the evening porcupine feeds. On the roof there is a place for a "sundowner" drink and a snazzy, computerized telescope for star gazing in the unbelievably black nights. The lodge is a one hour drive from the international airport and still further from the domestic airport in Windhoek. Once you are at the lodge you are unlikely to go anywhere! But it was perfect for a recovery day.
As usual, British Airways lost our luggage. The manager and his wife were wonderful and spent a lot of time on the phone until it was found and brought out to the lodge.
They made the lodge from something nice to something special. Since we were the only guests they gave the cook the day off and the manager did the cooking. Good cooking too. Lots of game, very well prepared, and fresh, good local food. We set meal times with then but then came an hour early as we forget to set our watches after the flight from JNB. They never said a word!
If you are looking for a quiet place to recover from the long trip from the states or rest in a quit setting away from Windhoek, this is the place!
- 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