Onguma The Fort
At a Glance
Private plunge pools
Watch the spectacular sunset over the scarceness of the Etosha Pans from your deck
Game drives in the Onguma Reserve and the Etosha National Park
Eye-catching interiors: angular furniture and twists of lime green, scarlet and pinks in fabrics and cushions
Star gazing, the night skies at Onguma are unbeatable
Stay at this unique fort on the edge of Etosha, reputed to have the best sunset view in the whole of Namibia!Anna Hearn
Go on a night drive after dinner and try to spot the nocturnal speciesLouisa Ross-Taylor
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Onguma The Fort or take a look at our itineraries to Etosha
Located on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Private Nature Reserve has over 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife and boasts over thirty different animal species, including a family of black rhino.
In a landscape dotted with only animals and camel thorn trees, Onguma The Fort has a classic African feel with strong Indian and Moroccan flavors characterized by beautifully crafted window and doorframes. The inner courtyard with its large water feature calms the senses and guests can enjoy magnificent views from the tower.
A large deck off the lounge area overlooks a waterhole where a variety of game come for refreshment every day.
Each suite has a bedroom, dressing area and air cooling system and the spacious bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers. The private deck includes sun loungers on which to relax and drink in the view. The Fort Suite is located in the Main Tower and offers similar facilities on a larger scale.
Activities revolve around game drives in and around the reserve and also into Etosha National Park. he Etosha Pan is parched and dry most of the time, but occasionally a few rivers and the unpredictable heavy summer rains can fill it. After particularly good rains, Etosha Pan can attract over a million flamingos to its salty waters. While the Pan itself is extremely salty and as a result does not support much vegetation, its edges give way to a surprising variety of vegetation types: from the broad swathe of mopane that encircles the broader area; to the tall tree canopies of the tamboti and terminalia woodland in the east; and to the open acacia-strewn plains, grasslands and dwarf shrub savannah in the west. Here mopane woodland dominates, whilst a low row of dolomite hills, evocatively called the Ondundozonanandana Range, provide relief to the otherwise flat surroundings and harbor populations of the endemic Anchieta's dwarf python and the local subspecies of rock hyrax.
The Fort consists of 12 mini suites, each one is completely private and about 50 meters apart from one another. There is also a honeymoon suite, the furthest away from the main area and the most private and also the Sultan Suite in the tower. All are equipped with a bar fridge, telephone and an air cooling system for those warmer days. The spacious bathroom has both an inside shower as well as an outside shower area. All rooms have lovely wooden decks which extend to the outside seating are with loungers for relaxing and enjoying the extraordinary view.
There is also the Fort Suite situated inside the Main Tower. It has a large beautifully designed bedroom that leads into a lounge area and out onto a private viewing deck. The lounge is equipped with a satellite television system, a bar fridge and telephone facilities. The large bathroom has a wonderful open shower area, as well as a bath.
There are no specific child care facilities and it should be noted that there is a minimum age of 12 years in camp.
Activities from the Fort all revolve around game viewing in specially adapted 4 x 4 safari vehicles which take guests on morning and afternoon game drives in both the Etosha National Park and the Onguma private reserve. They are able to offer night drives in the private reserve. Interpretative bush walks are also offered with knowledgeable guides.
The Fort has a cooling swimming pool for guests to enjoy between safaris.
Location & Directions
Onguma Fort is situated directly next to the eastern side of Etosha National Park in the Onguma Reserve of northern Namibia. Etosha is one of the world's largest national parks, stretching more than 350 kms from east to west and covering an area of 22,275 square kms.
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.