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Ongava Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Floodlit watering hole
- Easy access into Etosha National Park
- Rhino tracking
- Stylish accommodation

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Overview

Ongava lodge is located inside Ongava Game Reserve; a large private reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park in North central Namibia. Set atop a hilltop, with panoramic views of the bush below, this high quality camp, one of only four small lodges in this private reserve, offers great service and quality wildlife viewing.

The camp is centred on the large, thatched main building that houses a relaxing bar and comfortable lounge area. These both lead out onto the verandah and overlook the area’s main watering hole, which is floodlit at night to give guests around the clock sightings of the fantastic local wildlife. Meals are served in a pleasant restaurant and a large swimming pool is a great place to cool off during the day.

Activities at Ongava help guests explore the local area and include good game drives in the immediate vicinity and longer drives into the main Etosha National Park. Experienced guides point out wildlife including white rhino, lion, leopard, spotted hyenas and black-faced impalas. Day and night game drives are both included in the programme as well as rhino tracking on foot. Good bird watching and walking safari can also be enjoyed and there is an impressive hide out by the waterhole for avid photographers to get that perfect shot. All four lodges in this reserve are under the same ownership so you can expect the same high quality activities to be run from each.

The accommodation at Ongava is split into fourteen air conditioned chalets. Made out of rock and thatch these traditional buildings are light and spacious and include one family chalet that comfortably houses a family of four. All the rooms are ensuite with double basins and showers and glass doors that open onto your own private verandah. Extra beds are available for children in any of the rooms.

There is a minimum age of six years old to stay at Ongava and twelve years old to take part in the guided safari activities. Whilst the guides do their best to tailor the experience to their guests, there are no specific children’s programmes and constant supervision will be needed in these wild landscapes. The family chalets are ideal for four people and flexibility in accommodation means families of any size can be accommodated.

Ongava lodge is a pleasant and professionally run camp that offers a good safari experience.

Whilst fenced National Parks such as this may not provide the remote wilderness you can find in other areas, you are rewarded with easy to find and impressive wildlife. This kind of structured safari is ideal for families and is a great way to enjoy Etosha from a quieter base.

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