Ongava Safari Camps, Etosha Luxury Lodge
Set on the private, established Ongava Game Reserve, these three safari camps: Little Ongava (flagship), Ongava Tented Camp and Ongava Lodge, offer the best of both worlds: unhurried private game viewing within Ongava and excursions into the world-famous Etosha National Park. Aside from elephant, all the larger game are free to roam between the two parks, known for healthy numbers of black and white rhino, black-faced impala and lion.
* Ongava Camps Highlights
- ∞Three different safari stays on the private Ongava Game Reserve
- ∞Two of the lodges offer unbeatable views out over the endless, game rich plains of Namibia
- ∞Well-located to enjoy game viewing in both private Ongava and national Etosha parks
- ∞Private open safari vehicles and activities available by arrangement
- ∞Plentiful plains game and lion within the reserve
- ∞The largest populations of endangered black rhino and black-faced impala outside of Etosha
- ∞Day and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles with each guest ensured an outside seat
- ∞Half and full-day game drives into Etosha National Park and picnic lunches
- ∞Guided bush walks (seasonal and if a qualified walking guide available)
- ∞Tracking white rhino on foot (minimum age 16) if qualified walking guide available
- ∞Star-gazing with a laser pointer
More about this accommodation
There are three different private camps at Ongava Game Reserve, all offering a unique and exclusive safari experience. You can choose the style that suits you best:
1. Little Ongava
Perched high on a rocky outcrop, with incredible views out over the surrounding African savannah, Little Ongava has only three sumptuous units, offering one of the most luxurious and exclusive safari stays in Namibia. Each secluded unit has its own private deck and plunge pool, a sala or sitting area, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and open-air outdoor shower – all of which offer spectacular views from almost every possible angle.
Sumptuous Main Area
Once again, the common guest areas of deck, lounge and dining areas give you unbeatable views to the plains below and overlook the active waterhole, often teeming with wildlife. It’s a unique, magnificent setting where you may be forgiven if you forget, just for a moment, that you’re not one of the only people that inhabit this earth.
2. Ongava Tented Camp
Tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill, Ongava Tented Camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, two children and four guides/pilots/tour leaders, depending on availability and concession numbers. There are six twin-bed luxury canvas tents, a honeymoon tent and a family unit with two en-suite bedrooms.
Stone, Canvas and Thatched Main Area
The spacious main area has a bar, lounge and dining area with an open deck with a sparkling pool and camp fire overlooking a floodlit waterhole where animals beat a path to quench their thirst, day and night. It's not unusual to see lions coming down to drink. There's also a library and curio shop.
3. Ongava Lodge
Set near the top of a hill, Ongava Lodge offers wonderful views out over the plains and active waterhole below. This camp can accommodate 28 guests plus two children and four guides/pilots/tour leaders, depending on concession availability. Altogther, there are 14 units:13 twin-bedded rock chalets and one family rock unit with two twin-bedded rooms, each en-suite.
Split-Level Thatched Main Area
There's a lounge, dining room and bar offering views over the waterhole. A swimming pool, library corner, curio shop and private sala and spotting scope complete the picture. As this camp is constructed on various levels and there are multiple steps throughout the lodge, there is regrettably no wheelchair access.
Enormous Variety of Wildlife
Ongava Game Reserve offers most of the usual wildlife you’d expect to see in the area: springbok, gemsbok (oryx), wildebeest, both Burchell's and Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, Damara dik-dik, eland and the rare and endangered endemic black-faced impala. Lion and rhino (both black and white) move freely between Ongava and Etosha - only elephant remain exclusively within the national park. At Etosha, you’ll often see various species gathered together around the water holes, particularly in the dry season. Ten of Namibia’s 14 endemic bird species have been recorded here, together with the other 340 species found on Ongava.
Game Viewing Activities
Most activities revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives and guided bush walks with experienced guides – either on the the private 30 000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve – or daily excursions into neighbouring Etosha National Park. There’s also an excellent hide at Ongava Lodge’s waterhole which provides superb photographic opps. You can even book a private safari vehicle at an extra cost (subject to availability).
Ongava is involved with many local conservation and environmental efforts. Firstly, most endemic game has been reintroduced successfully into the area. There is an ongoing research and conservation programme which closely monitors all wildlife and, in particular, the endangered species, with incredible results. Today, there are healthy populations of black-faced impala and black rhino in Ongava.
By air: Private or charter aircraft can fly directly to Ongava’s airstrip within the reserve. A daily air taxi service also connects to Windhoek (1½-hour flight)
By road: It’s approximately a 4-hour drive from Windhoek via Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. Transfers are available by arrangement from Windhoek for groups of four or more.
Our Take on Ongava
All the best of Wilderness Safaris’ ethos of service, hospitality, luxury and passion for conservation and wildlife have been bundled up and presented here in three varied safari lodge styles. It’s a personalised, exclusive safari experience that highlights the stark beauty of this unique land.
Photos ©Dana Allen, courtesy of Wilderness Safaris. Lions at Waterhole ©Sergio Pitamitz
- ∞All meals
- ∞Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- ∞Park fees
- ∞All local drinks
- xScheduled charter flights
- xTransfers to camp
- xPremium imported brands
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