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Ongava Lodge

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En-suite bathroom

Relaxing by the pool

 

Location
Ongava Game Reserve, a 70,000 acre private reserve on the southern boundary of Namibia's Etosha National Park, has three camps: Ongava Lodge, Ongava Tented Camp and Little Ongava, each located in a different part of the reserve. Guests can choose the style of accommodation and size of camp that suits them best. The camps are managed independently and each has its own full-time staff, guides, managers and vehicles. All three camps have a similar activity schedule. Ongava Tented Camp is situated more towards the center of the game reserve, at the base of the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, meaning "mountain where the boy took the calves".

Etosha has great concentrations of game, especially in the dry winter months, and there are wonderful views out onto the salt pans which dominate the center of the park. Etosha's only drawback is that the accommodation offered within the park is in the form of large, impersonal public rest camps. Ongava offers an excellent alternative. Ongava Lodge is situated on the private 66,000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, which shares a common border with Etosha. The lodge offers the full Etosha experience while providing great accommodation and service, as well as the opportunity to take night drives and nature walks on the reserve, activities that are not allowed within Etosha. Ongava Lodge is operated by Wilderness Safaris.

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At a Glance

  • Accommodation - Capacity - 20 guests
  • 10 chalets which are attractively built out of brick and thatch
  • En-suite bathroom with flush toilet, bath, shower and double hand basins
  • Private covered verandah
  • Air-conditioned and overhead fans
  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • 24 hour electricity
  • A true african safari

Accommodation
Ongava Lodge has 10 chalets which are attractively built out of brick and thatch close to the top of a hill. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, bath, shower and double hand basins. There is air conditioning in the rooms and overhead fans. The rooms have glass fronted doors which lead out onto a private covered verandah overlooking the bush. The main lounge, bar and dining area are also under thatch with wonderful views across the plains and to the floodlit waterhole below. Outdoor dining under the stars, whilst viewing game drinking at the waterhole is something never to be forgotten. There is also a swimming pool and a large curio shop, stocking a good selection of African gifts and branded safari clothing. As the lodge is built close to the top of a hill, there are several steps. If you can not climb steps, we suggest you book into Ongava Tented Camp. An additional two luxury suites were added during 2003.

Activities
Mornings are normally spent within Etosha National Park, returning to Ongava in time for a well earned lunch. After tea, guests head out onto the private reserve to enjoy more flora and fauna. The option of tracking White Rhino on foot is available as are night drives. Additional activities also include full day excursions into Etosha National Park, taking along a picnic, subject to availability of vehicles and also a visit to one of the hides on the property. Private vehicles can be booked at an additional charge subject to availability either prior to departure or directly with the Camp Manager.

Wildlife
Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier game viewing destination. It is one of Africa's largest game parks, being nearly the size of Switzerland. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterhole's in the dry season making for exciting game viewing. Species that can be seen year round include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Springbok, Oryx, Kudu and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik. Birdlife is also good with Ostrich and raptors in abundance. Local specials include the Short-toed Rock Thrush, Hautlaub's Francolin, Rockrunner, Ruppell's Parrot, Whitetailed Shrike and Chesnut Weaver. A highlight of Ongava is that it is one of the few private game reserves in Southern Africa where guests have a chance of seeing both Black and White Rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking White Rhino on foot with an armed guide is a highlight not to be missed. Ongava Game reserve also has a good population of Lion, Eland, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Black-faced Impala and a number of other antelope species.

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Child Policy
Children 6 - 12 years are welcome.

Access
Situated along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park, close to the Anderssen Gate in northern Namibia. South of Okaukuejo. Located in its own private game reserve.

Power supply
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.

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