This was the highlight of our Namibian honeymoon, when we spent 3 nights in their best suite ("the sultan's suite"). We stayed at 3 other places on our trip that were all highly rated and pretty expensive, but the extra money we spent here was worth every penny. I don't know if we'll ever experience anything like it again. When we arrived at the next very nice place my wife actually cried, because she felt we didn't get to just enjoy the fort enough with all our early morning game drives. The game drives at the fort really made our trip too though. We had an excellent guide named Viali who got us up close to 11 lions that swarmed our jeep, a black rhino, a leopard, lots of elephants, and lots of other more common african animals. In July it's their winter so the morning game drives are very cold from 6-9am before it gets warmer. The open air jeeps they use are ideal for photographs but I would recommend ski goggles for the wind, and a scarf, mitts and fleece for the first half. They do provide a blanket and hot water bottle which helps a lot, and they also provide sandwiches and cold drinks. They also offer a nice sundowner drive within their own nature reserve, where you get some great hors deuvres with a cocktail at sunset. I would only recommend this prior to doing gane drives in etosha park, like we did, because another couple who did them in reverse order found the sundowner to be anti-climactic since there are no elephants or cats. Our host at the Fort was the manager Stefan, who gave us a very warm welcome and seemed to always anticipate our every need and had them taken care of before we knew it... It was quite impressive. The communication among all the staff is very good too - they would always ask how our drives were when we went on them, and they would also time their room servicing while we were eating or on drives. The chef was very good, and seemed to pay attention to what was left on our plate at the end of a meal in order to refine his next meals for us. The fort has flowing water channels throughout that really add a special touch. The lounge area had beautiful fireplaces and couches, free wifi, and open views of a nice watering hole, with the etosha pan in the distance. The swimming pool was too cold, which is probably the only criticism I could think of, but it was still very nice to suntan beside, and they have nice bistro tables in a shallow river pool that flows into the main pool. The food was gourmet, with hot breakfast made to order, great 3 course lunches, and excvellent 4 course dinners. The soup starters were the best soups we had ever had in our lives. Drinks were surprisingly cheap, and they have a solid wine list to choose bottles from. Service was top notch, and we would recommend this place to anyone looking to spoil themselves for a few days in the Etosha area. They are located right next to the park entrance but their driveway takes about 20 minutes to traverse.
- Also Known As:
- Onguma The Fort Hotel Etosha National Park
- Onguma The Fort Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Fort is unlike any other, the only one of its kind in Namibia, built in exactly the right spot to give our guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia. Overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha Pans, decorated only with its wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees that dot the landscape. Accommodation consists of twelve Bush Suites with fire places for the winter months and air coolers for the summer months. Each suite has an indoor and outdoor shower. The one and only Fort Suite is situated inside the Main Tower of the main complex. It has a large beautifully designed bedroom that leads into a lounge area and out onto a private viewing deck. ... more less