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Onguma Treetop Camp
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Dublin, California
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41 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“Absoloutely Beautiful!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I recently spent 1 night here. It was our last night in Africa and it could not have been more lovely. The rooms are perfect, with an open tent and outdoor shower. The food was excellent, and the staff took great care of us. The watering hole located at the camp is very active and we were especially excited to see a lion family coming to drink in the early morning. We highly recommend this camp. What a great experience!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

What an amazing place and a wonderful experience. We stayed here for 1 night before going to Okaukuejo in Etosha and wish we could have stayed longer. This place calls for atleast a 2 night stay. The food was excellent and the rooms perfectly fitting for the environment with an outdoor shower, 'open' tent with a view on the little waterhole etc. It is perfect for a few romantic nights or a family/friend getaway as with only 4 rooms it is easy to book out the whole lodge. We really enjoyed our time year and hope to return one day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Goes, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stayed here in July 2013, as part of our trip booked with OutinAfrica, a dutch travelagent. With only four bungalows perched on a wooden platform among the trees, this is really an intimate camp. 8 visitors is the max. It is an environmentally sound camp since people are always on elevated wooden walkways. Each room has a view on the waterhole. You really feel like you are in the middle of the forest, the room is wide open towards the waterhole, there is a lot of cracks, unidentified noises, and bats are flying among the trees and the roofs, so this stay might not be for everybody.
The camp is well managed, the staff was very friendly. The chef serves outstanding food. We really loved the bush shower. Youre not allowed to drive your own game drive. (Or you have to go to Etosha. But then Namutoni is a good alternative (less bush atmosphere of course)). So the quality of the game viewing depends on the quality of the ranger.

Room Tip: Each bungalow has a view on the waterhole.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a truly special place and rightfully deserves much of the positive commentary found in the other reviews.

David and his team were incredibly accommodating, humble and welcoming. These people work seriously hard and deserve ample praise and tips (put these in the tip box in cash or else have your credit card charged when you check out at Tented Camp on your way out). There is a staff/guest ratio of 8:6, so one can imagine the level of personal attention, and we were made to feel very comfortable and at ease during our 3 days at Treetop Camp.

The fantastic view of the waterhole is a given and on one day hundreds of animals crowded around to drink. We spent several mornings and late afternoons watching the animals from the communal deck, as well as from the chairs on our private deck.

Notable is the food: outstanding quality and extremely innovative. It is critical to remember the environment in which the meals are being produced, as the soils around Etosha don't produce delicate little heads of lettuce. All food is trucked in and will often be cooked from frozen. Nevertheless, the chefs must be commended for their beautiful plating and presentation and masterful flavours. They bake fresh breads daily (try one of their lovely brown paper lunch bags for your day trip around Etosha - a complete lifesaver as Etosha has the most appalling selection of snacks and meals to purchase). On one night, the chefs prepared four different main dishes to accommodate vegetarians, chicken only eaters, and the usual selection of two mains, which happened to be beef and fish on this particular evening. Absolutely fantastic.

We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We had two nights at Onguma Treetop Camp and in many ways it is deserving of a 5 star rating, but with one or two severe drawbacks that are closer to 1 star, hence the middling rating.

Firstly, the good points:
- the staff on-site were helpful and the food was very good
- the idea of overlooking a waterhole is a good one and the accommodation is certainly unique
- we did a rhino drive and our guide was probably the most knowledgeable of all the guides we had. We got to see two black rhino on the drive (which is rare as they are shy) but had we seen neither we would still have thought it was great, as our guide gave us far more details on different animals and plants to comparable drives, and had a real passion for the subject.

However, there were two main problems:
- Firstly, for a location that advertises its secluded location the huts are quite close together and noise travels widely. We could hear the conversations of our neighbours in full detail - whisper if you want a private chat! Furthermore, the chalet we were in had its toilet overlooking the communal area. The black netting over the window would only provide privacy if one didn't turn the light on! (I checked this from the outside)
- On our second night we realised that there was no way to communicate with any of the staff once they have retired for the night. This was a problem as there was a bonfire going in the staff area (on the other side of the car park, which is out of bounds at night due to it being unfenced) and the smoke was blowing directly into our room. You are provided with an air horn in case of emergency (e.g. snake bite) but short of waking up the entire camp by using this there was no way to let the staff know we were downwind of their fire. A quick wander outside my room (at first, to check it wasn't our hut that was on fire - this is how bad the smoke was) was abandoned when it appeared that the 'drawbridge' was still down and so I didn't even feel safe heading to the communal area to see if I could attract attention from there. We therefore spent the rest of the second night coughing and spluttering. We woke up with stinging eyes and these, plus a cough, remained for the next few days.


Onguma, with a few tweaks, could have been a real highlight, but the problems we had meant we were a little disappointed with our stay. I realise the staff work punishing hours and don't need additional disturbances in the middle of the night, but there needs to be a telephone or some way of contacting them beyond using the air horn provided.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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netherlands
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Stayed 2 nights here in this very small camp of only 4 stilted tents connected by wooden walkway. All 4 tents have a very private feel and a nice view of a waterhole with plenty of animals passing; impalas,springboks, shy herd of elands, zebras, warthog, guinea fowls, etc. Tent is not too big but with all necessary basic comfort. Outdoor shower, which can be cold in the early wintermorning. Bed is fine with inevtable mosquitonet, although in winter we have not seen one mosquito. For cold nights hot water bottle installed during turn down service and plenty warm blankets/ duvet to protect from cold. Drinking water provided and free wifi which worked fine. This is a very intimate camp with a b&b atmosphere. Meals are enjoyed at one table for 8 which evokes nice conversations amongst guests. Staff is friendly, meals are fine. The intimate atmosphere combined with the bush feel makes it perfect for nature lovers. A caveat for oversensitive people: frogs in the waterholle can be very loud and noisy during the entire night. We were not bothered, but others can be deprived of sleep. Our second night a male lion was close to our waterhole, we saw with the floodlight which turns on and off, due to powershortage, and roared several times very loud at night.( thriling experience) we did a sundowner game drive and were very lucky to see both cheetah and pregnant lion at close range. Highly recommended for nature lovers and much more bush experience than bush camp with real closed chalets and not much wildlife around it.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Onguma Treetop Camp is a little bit of paradise. It is a small intimate camp with only 4 tree houses which are built round a water hole. Each tree houses feels very secluded.

The rooms are spacious and the bed is very comfortable - the best one we slept in in Nambia. You can spend hours sitting outside your tree house watching the water hole.

We booked a night drive during our stay. We were meant to be out on the drive for about 1½ hours but our guides drove us around for 3 hours as for the first hour or so we struggled to find any noctural animals - this was really appreciated and in the end we ended up seeing quite a bit.

On our return to camp, we found hot water bottles in our bed which was a very nice touch.

The only disappointment was the food. It was the worst food that we had in Namibia - that's not to say it was terrible as the standard of food everywhere else was very high; but as Onguma is at the more luxurious/expensive end of the market, we did expect it to be much better.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Onguma Treetop Camp
Address: Namutoni Gate Etosha national park, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Oshikoto Region > Etosha National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Etosha National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Onguma Treetop Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Onguma Treetop Camp is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. This is where guests are able to come and relax for a few days in the midst of their busy travelling schedule, and just breathe in the aromas of the bush and take in all the wildness that this place has to offer. The Camp is built on wooden stilts amongst the tree tops with full views over one of the most beautiful watering holes on Onguma Game Reserve. The Camp consists of 4 thatched rooms with canvas walls, a dining room and a main complex. Ideal for small family groups or friends travelling together. ... more   less 

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