@baby bluejay. I'm not sure you know the correct meaning of several.
It is a perfect translation for enkele. Actally even better than a few.
Both several and enkele have an inherent meaning of distinct ones, not just a small amount.
A few I would usually translate with een paar (and no that doesnt mean precisely two unless you are describing a set)
Several is more than one distinct one, individual seperate ones. Seperate is the etymological root of the word several
Enkele is more than one individual one, several single ones.
Used as an adjective/determiner, it is "enkel" (singular) that means "single" or "a few" or "several". An -e (not plural, but as a grammatical ending) is added to the word before a non-neuter noun:
Hij heeft een enkel bord = He has a single plate
Hij heeft een enkele vogel = He has a single bird
Hij heeft enkele vogels = He has several birds
Hij heeft enkele bords = He has several plates
If you put "een" before either "enkel" or "enkele", then you get "a single". But without the "een", it means "some" or "a few" or "several".
The word "enkele" can also be used has a pronoun meaning "some/several":
Hij heeft enkele = he has several