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Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
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
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.
To start planning your holiday to 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.
This small, traditional tented camp offers the best of both worlds for your stay in Etosha. Located on the Ongava Private Game 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 8 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 day trips 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 sixteen guests in 8 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 Private 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.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Ongava Tented Camp is tucked away within the Ongava Private Reserve and has a feeling of adventure to it. With just nine tented rooms the camp has a small friendly atmosphere and guests tend to eat together round the large family table and chat about the excitements on the evenings game drive at dinner.
There is a large watering hole right in front of the main area or on the deck of your so it is wonderful to spend time watching in animals come and go for a drink. I loved having the opportunity both to explore the Etosha National park on game drives, with the vast almost hazy Etosha Pan in the back ground. But also to be able to go on game drives and walks in the private concession and escape the crowds.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
I really enjoyed my experience in this camp. It is simple but really nicely done. You can sit having drinks and lunch and animals are all around the watering hole in front of you - great camera opportunities! There is a small pool and just a really pretty area with great staff and animals everywhere. It feels authentic and well run.
If you want to be more on the wild side, you can stay at Ongava Tented Camp, a small, intimate site nestled deep in the bush. You'll sleep in a walk-in tent on a slate base under a thatch awning with a private bathroom. After a day spent game-watching (tracking rhinos on foot is a highlight), it's great to cool off in the outside shower or in the plunge pool.
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Location & directions
Ongava Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia
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.
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) 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 is an approximate 4-hour 30-minute trip.
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