Ovanga Lodge is very special. Situated on a hill overlooking its enormous 30,000 hectare private reserve, you are likely to see more wildlife here than almost anywhere else in Namibia. The sweeping view as you arrive on the terrace of the dining / living area will take your breath away.
The bedrooms are simply beautiful. Each is a small thatched lodge. Nicely secluded, very spacious, everything luxurious and well thought-through. The water is heated via solar panels. There’s a large wooden deck with easy chairs and loungers. The room has air-conditioning, ceiling fan and a small wall-mounted safe. The beds are deliciously comfortable. At times during the day from our terrace we could watch groups of deer moving through the trees towards the water hole.
Highlight for us were the twice-daily game drives in the Lodge’s 4x4s. The guides are highly professional - well informed about every aspect of the reserve’s wildlife. They thread through the reserve’s highways and byways determined to show guests as big a variety of animals as possible. We saw and learned a lot.
During our time here we also spent time exploring Etosha in our own 4x4 - a wonderful experience, and highly recommended. The gate to Etosha Park is by the start of Ongava Lodge's main drive, so getting there couldn't be easier.
The most striking aspect of our stay was Ovanga Lodge's staff - endlessly courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. Their commitment to the environment is rock solid - as is their love of Namibia... our stay coincided with Namibia’s National Day, when the team put on an evening entertainment to help us guests understand more about the country’s history. The food was delicious and plentiful, the Lodge spotlessly clean, and the staff endlessly engaging and warm. An outstanding team.
It has been a privilege to stay here. Our biggest regret was having booked for only three nights.
- 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