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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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based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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