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Ongava Tented Camp

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- Easy access to Etosha National Park
- Active Waterhole
- Authentic Tented Camp
- Small & Friendly

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Ongava Tented Camp is situated in a hidden valley in Ongava private reserve, adjacent to Etosha National Park, North central Namibia. One of four lodges in the Ongava reserve, this is the most authentic of the collection, with traditional Meru style tents and single table dining.

Small and friendly, Ongava tented camp is built around a stone and thatch mess building. This main building houses a comfortable lounge area, terrace and open air dining area that looks out onto a man made but active waterhole. The lodge also has a modest swimming pool to keep kids entertained or to unwind after a long hike.

Activities at Ongava Tented Camp 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 in camp is split into eight Meru style tents; six twin beds, one double bed and one family suite. Each tent is luxurious and spacious, with your own private verandah, indoor and open air showers and ensuite bathroom with double basins. The family suite sleeps a family of four and connects two tents, although sharing for children can be accommodated in any of the rooms. Safari tents are a great way to truly feel part of the landscape and enjoy a traditional safari experience.

There is a minimum age of six years old to stay at the tented camp 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.

With large, walk in tents, communal dining and nearby waterholes this is a classic African safari. The camp is intimate and friendly, with easy access into Etosha National Park and its diverse wildlife. Perhaps lacking in a feeling of wilderness and with a slightly more contrived waterhole than the neighbouring Ongava Lodge, this is still a great choice for families and couples alike.

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  • 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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