We had a fantastic time at Ongava tented camp - our first real safari experience. We arrived and were generously welcomed, both to the rules of the camp and our fantastic 'tent'. We had no idea at tent could be so luxurious - polished wooden floorboards, beautiful furniture, comfortable beds with egyptian cotton sheets... All overlooking the waterhole, which in the dry season (we were there at the end of the wet season) is supposed to provide spectacular game viewing right from your balcony. The setting itself isn't as spectacular as some that we experienced in Namibia, but it makes up for scenery with the waterhole and atmosphere - the camp is unfenced and so we required an escort (with shotgun in case of carnivores wandering into the camp) back to our tent at night! We were so pleased that we spent the extra money and went to the private reserve of Ongava, rather than just visiting Etosha. This is pretty much vital during/ end of the wet season, as our only trip into Etosha was after a heavy rainstorm and failed to yield much game. But it was a different story in Ongava, where our incredible guide, Vestes, headed off into deep bush to find rhinos, zebras, lions and even a cheetah (he hadn't seen one for 6 months!). We definitely had the best guide of our trip, who had fascinating facts to share about all the animals and birds that we saw, making the most of every game drive. The service at the lodge was fantastic and inclusive, with everyone sitting around the communal table to share the good standard meals. Overall a brilliant and unforgettable safari lodge.
- Also Known As:
- Ongava Tented Camp Hotel
- Ongava Tented Camp Hotel Etosha National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ongava Tented Camp is tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole; watching wildlife coming to drink from here or from the swimming pool is a favourite pastime.Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks, birding and spending time in hides. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino. ... more less