Situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along Etosha National Park's southern border, Ongava Lodge offers beautiful views of a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond from its vantage point in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range. There are 14 thatched ensuite chalets built from natural rock.

  • Located on a hill with beautiful views of the African wilderness
  • 14 well-appointed, rock and thatch chalets
  • Photographic waterhole-facing hide
  • Day and night game drives in the 30,000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve
  • The largest populations of endangered black rhino and black-faced impala outside of Etosha
  • Guided bush walks
  • Tracking white rhino on foot (minimum age 16)
  • Stargazing with a laser pointer
  • Half- and full-day game drives into neighbouring Etosha National Park and picnic lunches

Built on a hilltop in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range, Ongava Lodge looks out over a waterhole and the 30,000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve plains beyond.

The Ongava Lodge experience

Ongava Lodge offers accommodation in 14 rock-and-thatch luxury chalets with private viewing decks. Each air-conditioned chalet's ensuite bathroom comes with a toilet, an indoor and an outdoor shower and double basins.

The main lounge and dining areas have impressive views of the camp's well-frequented waterhole and meals are served in the main thatched dining area or on the outdoor dining deck. Ongava Lodge has a bar, a curio shop and WiFi service in the guest lounge.

Game viewing at Ongava Lodge

Offroad game viewing is permitted inside Ongava Game Reserve which allows guests close encounters with the wildlife in the reserve. Safari goers can expect to see rare, endangered black-faced impala, lion, white and black rhino and plains game. Other activities include nature walks with a qualified guide, photographing wildlife from the camp hide, visits to the Onganva Research Centre's visitors centre and half or full-day game drives in neighbouring Etosha National Park with a picnic lunch.


Ongava is involved in many local conservation and environmental efforts. Firstly, most endemic game has been successfully reintroduced to the area. There is an ongoing research and conservation programme which closely monitors all wildlife – particularly endangered species – with great success. Today, there are healthy populations of black-faced impala and black rhino in Ongava.

Getting there

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 (a one-and-a-half-hour flight)

By road
- It's approximately a four-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 Lodge

All the best of Wilderness Safaris' ethos of service, hospitality, luxury and passion for conservation and wildlife are bundled up and presented at Ongava Lodge. It's a personalised, exclusive safari experience that highlights the stark beauty of this unique land.

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Twice-daily scheduled camp activities
  • Park fees
  • All local drinks
  • Laundry
  • VAT
  • Tourism and Sustainability Levy
  • Scheduled charter flights
  • Premium brand drinks and champagne
  • Gratuities
  • Curio purchases
  • Items of a personal nature
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