Onguma Tree Top Camp

Onguma Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia

At a Glance

  • Just four thatched rooms ensure an intimate and exclusive experience

  • With over 20,000 hectares of land, Onguma Private Nature Reserve contains a wide variety of wildlife

  • Game drives also venture into Etosha National Park, where the Etosha Pan attracts over a million flamingos after the rains

  • Located high on stilts, this tree top camp offers fantastic views over a beautiful watering hole

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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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Insider's View

Take a shower under the stars!

Sit on your deck and watch game wander in to drink at the waterhole

Enjoy the birds eye view of the wildlife coming in to drink!

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The smallest of Onguma's properties, Tree Top Camp has just four rooms with thatched roofs and canvas walls. It is built on stilts providing excellent views over one of the prettiest water holes.

Located on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Private Nature Reserve has over 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife and boasts over 30 different animal species, including a family of black rhino.

Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, an earthy place for real safari lovers. As the name suggests, the camp is built on stilts so that all the rooms are at treetop height and the main areas overlook a beautiful watering hole. In the local Herero language, 'onguma' means 'a place you don’t want to forget' and Tree Top Camp certainly lives up to this sentiment.

Activities revolve around game drives in and around the reserve and also into Etosha National Park. The 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 harbour populations of the endemic Anchieta's dwarf python and the local subspecies of rock hyrax.

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The Camp consists of just four thatched rooms with canvas walls. All the rooms are en-suite and have small deck areas outside.


There are no specific child care facilities and it should be noted that there is a minimum age of 12 years in camp.


The main area consists of a dining room and bar which is also built up on stilts.


Activities revolve around game drives in and around the reserve and also into Etosha National Park. Expert guides use specially adapted 4 x 4 safari vehicles to take guests out early in the morning and/or in the afternoon to explore and search for game.


  • Game drive in Etosha National Park

    Venture into the Etosha National Park on game drives. The vast Park covers 22,270 km² and is home to a wide range of birds, mammals and reptiles. Due to the arid nature of the park the game congregates round the waterholes to drink.

Location & directions

Onguma Private Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia

Onguma Private Reserve, Etosha, Namibia

How to get there

11hr international flight, 1.5hr domestic flight

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