Our Guide to Namibia
Ongava Tented Camp
Tucked away at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park to the north, Ongava Tented Camp offers exclusivity, great company, delicious food and an original African wildlife experience without the crowds.
At a Glance
Track rhino on foot in the company of one of the camp's armed guides
Family tented rooms
Watch game come into drink at the waterhole in front of the main area
Relax by the swimming pool
Birding - there are over 340 species to be spotted in the Ongava Reserve
Night game drives are available
Take an excursion into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha Park
Get your camera out your private terrace and take some great close-up photographs of animals in the watering hole in front of you.Camilla Whitworth
Don't miss the rhino tracking on the Ongava Reserve - a safari experience you won't soon forget!Scott Dunn team
This small, traditional tented camp offers the best of both worlds for your stay in Etosha. Located on the private Ongava reserve bordering Etosha national park, you can enjoy game viewing in both areas and a variety of additional safari activities not available elsewhere in the area. Ongava Tented Camp has just eight tents, offering a very private and intimate safari experience.
Each of the tents has double doors to allow for uninterrupted views of the bush and waterhole in front of the camp and every tent has its own covered veranda. The tents have been tastefully furnished each with its own en-suite thatched bathroom with flush toilet and unique open air private shower.
Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed around the open-air fire place and swimming pool, both of which overlook a productive floodlit waterhole situated at eye level in front of the camp.
Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black rhino. Guests at Ongava Tented Camp share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations.
The Ongava Game Reserve is unique in that it is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where there is a chance of seeing both black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with a guide is a highlight not to be missed.
Accommodation at Ongava Tented Camp is constructed from stone, canvas and thatch. The camp sleeps a maximum of 16 guests in eight large comfortable Meru-style tents - all with en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas. There is also one family unit which sleeps four, which works for older children.
The camp does not have any childcare facilities and therefore Ongava Tented Camp only accepts children over the age of 16 years.
The main area has a relaxing bar and small but inviting swimming pool where guests can watch the wildlife that come to drink at the waterhole just below. There is also a curio shop in the main area of the lodge.
Activities at Ongava Tented Camp revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. The Ongava Game Reserve features much of the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion and more unusual species such as the black-faced impala. Rhino tracking is a particular highlight and something not to be missed during your stay.
Location & Directions
Ongava Tented Camp is in the Ongave Private Reserve of northern Namibia, close to the Etosha Park. Ongava Game Reserve is on the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park.
When to go
The best time to visit Etosha is from April to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. From May to September the increasingly thirsty animals gather at waterholes, making it the best time to go to Etosha for game viewing. Summer is best time to travel to Etosha for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.