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Onguma Tamboti Campsite

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7/10

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Highlights

- Campsite
- Private Pitches
- Swimming Pool
- Private Reserve

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Overview

Onguma Tamboti Campsite is a luxurious campsite for self drive campers. Each pitch has its own kitchen area, running water, fire area and bathroom. The campsite has an inviting swimming pool, small shop and restaurant / bar overlooking a water hole. This is a great option on the Eastern side of Etosha for campers, are only grumble being that the pitches are packed in unnecessarily tight.

Originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s pan, it has so much to offer visitors.

The Reserve covers an area of over 34,000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.

The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen.

More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.

The sites are all nestled in the trees of the Onguma Reserve and each camper is ensured privacy and space to enjoy the bush. Each campsite has its own private ablution facility with spacious shower room, separate toilet and covered washing-up areas with lots of space to unpack and organise your stay. Each unit also has ample plugs to ensure cooler boxes keep cool and cameras get charged.

Although the Onguma Campsite is fenced in, adult supervision of children is required at all times.

Sunset game drives and nature walks on the 34,000 hectare private Onguma Reserve can be booked in addition to morning game drives in Etosha National Park.

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