Let me first start by saying that we had a lovely time at Ongava and that staff were very welcoming, friendly and willing to please. The rooms are rustic but lovely and in keeping with the whole bush theme and we certainly found them clean. This lodge is not in the Etosha game reserve but in its own private reserve where we oursleves saw lion, rhino, gemsbok, etc. Etosha is about a 15 minute drive in the lodge's vehicle and I would definetely suggest at least one game drive into Etosha, preferably a full day trip in Etosha itself, depending on your time available here, as Etosha is huge and watering holes( the only place in this vast land, where you saw any sign of animal acitivity) are all rather quite some distance from each other due to the size of Etosha.A few tips for improvement: I think the lodge needs to be more organised with its breakfast in the morning and plan ahead depending on what the guests are doing. On all 3 mornings that we were here, breakfast was not ready by the time we arrived at breakfast.In fact it came in drips and drabs and the muffins, bread and fruit was only being put out when we were getting up to leave for our game drive!There also seemed to be an issue with having hot water in the flask for tea!!!A bit annoying as you want HOT water for your first cup of tea/coffee for the day. The food however was very tasty and well thought out.Whilst we thoroughly enjoy our guide, being quite keen birders and bush holiday makers, we noticed that his knowledge and facts on the above was not always correct. Lastly, we were quite dissappointed that no-one told us that we could go sit in the hide by the lodge's watering and watch the animals come drink water after sunset! All in all a lovely experience and with a bit of an effort by the lodge's management - yes, everyone does seem to have a very laissez faire attitude here, this lodge could creep up to a four star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The well-established Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Situated as it is close to the top of a hill in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Mountain Range, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond. Ongava Lodge offers luxury accommodation in 14 rock and thatch en-suite chalets. There are impressive views over the camp's waterhole from the main lounge and dining areas and there is also an inviting pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.Activities include game drives into Etosha, visting hides, and nature drives and walks on the reserve. Ongava has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ongava Game Hotel Etosha National Park