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Ongava Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
At a Glance
The Ongava Private Reserve Borders the Etosha National Park
Black and white rhino can be seen in the Ongava Private Reserve
Each suite has its own plunge pool and sala
Watch game from the hides, that overlook water holes
Track rhino on foot in the company of one of the camp's armed guides
Intimate setting, just three suites sleeping a maximum of six guests
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
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Little Ongava is situated in the private 66,000 acre Ongava Private Game Reserve where it shares a common boundary with Etosha National Park. This small luxury camp nestles on the crest of a hill with wonderful views onto the plains below.
Little Ongava is a spectacular luxury camp within Ongava Private Game Reserve, a private reserve located on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, offering an ideal base from which to explore Etosha. The camp is private and exclusive, with just three suites housing just six guests in camp at any one time. The three vastly spacious, immensely private and immaculately furnished suites each have their own infinity edged plunge pool at tree canopy level, gorgeous bathrooms and an outdoor thatched sala with relaxing day bed. All this is within sight of the camp’s well frequented waterhole. Relaxed, stylish dining takes place under the African sky or under thatch.
A diverse selection of wildlife can be seen at many of the water holes in the Park and the reserve has resident White and Black Rhino plus a healthy predator population. Guests share a dedicated guide, ensuring the optimum nature experience at one of Africa's great wilderness destinations.
Activities at Little Ongava revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. A hide at the camp waterhole provides superb photographic opportunities. The Ongava Game Reserve features all the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion. Game drives and day trips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are also rewarding, in terms of game viewing.
There are just three spacious suites, each with private plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a sala, and outdoor shower with views of the waterhole in front of camp. The beds are made with lovely fresh crisp linen complete with a brightly coloured bed spread. There is a luxurious bath tub in the bathroom where you can take a soak and admire the views around you at the same time.
There are no specific childcare facilities available at the camp and for this reason the camp has a minimum age of 7 years old.
The main area of camp has an open plan deck with a lounge and dining area, with spectacular views down to a spot-lit watering hole where animals such as lion, rhino, elephant and kudu can be seen, especially at night when temperatures have dropped. Guests staying at Little Ongava can also use the main swimming pool at Ongava Lodge, located in the bush below.
Activities include game drives in Etosha and Ongava Reserve, walks with an armed guide (for safety reasons, children under the age of 12 years will not be allowed on walks and children between 12 years and 16 years will only be allowed on walks at the discretion of the guide). Night game drives are offered on the Ongava concession. White Rhino can be tracked on foot. Also full day excursions into Etosha National Park (subject to availability of vehicles).
Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover ensuring the optimum nature experience.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Perched at the top of a rock outcrop lies Little Ongava, a small intimate lodge with just 3 suites. Each of the suites is enormously spacious, the sitting rooms have a fire place to curl up by on cool winter evenings. Both the bedroom and bathroom are designed to maximise the incredible views across the Ongava Private Reserve. There is also an infinity plunge pool on the deck as well as a shady sala, perfect places to relax during the heat of the day.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Wow, what a place! Sitting just outside Etosha National Park with its sister lodges (Ongava and Ongava Tented Camp) Little Ongava's three vast suites are set on a ridge overlooking the plains below. My room seemed to go on forever and when I reached the other side I found I could go outside and continue along a narrow wooden walkway to my private outdoor shower. Outdoor showers come in main guises, from simply an open-roofed bathroom to a totally exposed experience with views. This was most definitely the latter, set right on the hillside with nothing obstructing ones enjoyment of the wilderness.
The beauty of the Ongava is that, although you have easy access to game-rich Etosha National Park, you can also stay away from the crowds and explore the private concession at leisure, with night drives available in addition to the usually twice-daily drives.
I would highly recommend this for a romantic break or push-the-boat-out honeymoon since the suites have real wow factor and afford a great deal of privacy. Likewise, one can choose to eat in the beautiful main area of the lodge, which sleeps six in total, or enjoy a private dinner a deux.
Location & directions
Ongava Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
Little Ongava situated within the exclusive Ongava Game Reserve on the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Set on the crest of a hill, the lodge overlooks the private 300km2 game reserve that borders Etosha National Park to the south and boasts a wide range of wildlife including lion and rhino.
How to get there
Windhoek Airport (430km) is the closest international airport. From here you can take a light aircraft flight to Ongava's (1-hour 30-minute trip) private airstrip near the camp where a member of staff will meet you and transfer you to the camp. Alternatively, if you wish to self-drive from Windhoek it takes approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
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