Eningu Clayhouse Lodge

Western Kalahari, Namibia

Eningu Clayhouse Lodge

Eningu Clayhouse is a country retreat situated in the western Kalahari, approx. 100km from Windhoek. It has a unique design, constructed almost entirely from red clay bricks and decorated with local features.

Eningu Clayhouse is a charming, owner-run lodge situated in the western Kalahari, about 100km from Windhoek. Part of a country lodge and farm covering over 150 acres of land, Eningu isn't a typical safari lodge – though it's possible to go on game drives and walks in this region, don't expect to see any big game – but it's a wonderful place to relax amid beautiful scenery.

The design of Eningu Clayhouse Lodge is totally unique. Constructed almost entirely of clay bricks (all handmade), it blends in beautifully with the surrounding sands of the Kalahari. From the outside Eningu resembles an old Mexican adobe house. The interiors are equally striking, featuring local handmade carpets, hand painted floors, carvings and stone furniture. Recycled features, such as old pipes and tin cans that have been cleverly integrated into the decor, help give Eningu a very rustic feel. It's clear that the owners have put a great deal of thought into the design of Eningu.

Eningu is first and foremost a place to relax, but there are also a number of activities available in the local area, including some good hiking routes. There's also a wildlife hide on the grounds, overlooking a small watering hole (attracting mostly birdlife) and a porcupine feeding ground ('the Porcupine', incidentally, was the original name for Eningu when it opened in 1994).

Facilities at Eningu Clayhouse Lodge include a swimming pool, rooftop star deck with telescope, and an archery range – plenty to keep children entertained.


There are nine rooms at Eningu, including one family room with four beds. All follow a similar design to the main lodge, and are built with clay bricks and thatch covering, and painted in warm, earthy hues. The rooms are en-suite with shower (no bath), flush toilet and hot and cold running water. Each has a shaded patio.

The rooms have a cosy sitting corner, desk, ceiling fan, heater for the chilly winter nights and a thatched patio. The interiors are beautifully decorated with unusual artworks and sculptures, antique furniture and hand painted floors.


During the warm summer evenings meals are typically served on the open veranda, while the rooftop terrace is a great spot to enjoy a sundowner.

Breakfast consists of cereals, fresh fruit, tea and coffee, with cooked meals on request. Dinner is a three-course set menu. There's an extensive wine cellar.


- Swimming pool
- Restaurant
- Cigar bar
- Well-stocked wine cellar
- Library
- Roof terrace
- Sports facilities: Archery, volleyball, badminton


- Hiking trails in Namibian bush, including a 6 hour botanical round trail
- Watch for birdlife and porcupines from the hide
- Bird watching

Child Policy

Children of all ages can be accommodated at Eningu Clayhouse. There's a family room with four beds, as well as a number of triple rooms. There's also a good variety of activities available in and around the lodge to keep children entertained.