• Location: Namibia, Etosha
  • Type of Accommodation: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Luxury


Little Ongava is a luxurious thatched lodge built on the crest of a hill with wonderful views. The lodge is situated within the Ongava Game Reserve, a private 30 000ha conservation area that lies on the southern boundary of Namibia's flagship Etosha National Park, and offers a thoroughly comprehensive wildlife experience. Little Ongava boasts both black and white rhino in its private reserve as well as a healthy predator population, particularly lions.

The waterhole in front of the lodge attracts many animals - especially in the winter dry season - and the birdlife, even within camp, is spectacular. A professional guide accompanies you on day and night drives through the Ongava Reserve as well as in neighbouring Etosha, and you can also enjoy guided walking safaris or, for a truly thrilling experience, a rhino-tracking excursion on foot.

Recent accolades & press

  •  World Travel Awards 2015 - Namibia's Leading Safari Lodge


  • Set on a private reserve next to Etosha
  • Panoramic views from every aspect 
  • Home to black & white rhinos & big cats
  • Guided game drives & walking safaris
  • Track white rhino on foot with guide
  • Exclusive, private & intimate camp
  • Only 3 super-luxurious suites available
  • Ideal for honeymooners or book the whole lodge out for friends & family

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The main lodge is made from stone, thatch and canvas and contains a cosy lounge area with an enormous stone fireplace as well as the dining area.

Both rooms lead onto the deck overlooking the camp's waterhole that regularly attracts all kinds of animals as well as providing what seems to be never-ending vistas of the Namibian landscape.

General Facilities

    Private balcony or deck
    Swimming Pool


Meals at Little Ongava are taken under thatch in the cosy lounge and dining area or out on the deck under the African night sky while you watch animals come to drink at the floodlit waterhole.

Standard Room

Each incredibly spacious thatched suite has a large bedroom and a separate lounge area, both with floor to ceiling glass doors that lead onto a private deck with its own plunge pool and a sala - ideal for watching passing animals and for keeping an eye on the teeming waterhole.

The stylish en-suite bathroom also offers incredible views, particularly from the bathtub and outdoor shower, while for an afternoon of privacy and seclusion, you could relax in your own private plunge pool and watch game from your veranda.

Standard Room AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only
    Outdoor shower
    Outdoor area
    Private pool
    Outdoor bath


  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Full-day safaris
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Animal tracking experience
  • Night drives

Traveller Reviews

  • Little Ongava was as luxurious as promised. We felt pampered. The only disappointment was that we were looking forward to wifi in our villa (as advertised) and apparently there has not been wifi available in the villas for quite some time. The wifi in the dining area/lounge barely worked (maybe 20% of the time). The staff said that it was difficult to get technicians to respond to Ongava because of the remote location. Of course you don't go on safari to hang out on wifi but we were planning on FaceTiming with our family while in Little Ongava and that did not happen. Had we not been expecting to have this amenity then we would not have been let down. But other than that one issue it was very nice.

    Victoria Ginger, December 2016
  • Little Ongava • Service – great if one likes the homey feel of a small place with a very professional ‘grandfather’ manager • Rooms – spacious and very elegant • Communal areas – good enough given size of place • Internet access – missing in rooms (they are fixing it) but good in lobby • Food - good • Beverages – good but basic wine • Game drives/activities – very good in reserve, Etosha is a waste of time in this season • Guides - solid • Logistics – no issue

    Fedele Di Maggio, January 2014
  • We had an incredible time! We loved Serra Cafema and Little Ongava in particular. The accommodation and game viewing at Little Ongava were even better than we had hoped for. In particular, the evening chef prepared some truly to notch dinners - and given my husband is a chef himself he is a pretty discerning audience.

    Jennifer Drake, September 2013
  • Little Ongava was fantastic. We enjoyed the exclusive feel to it and the friendly staff. We saw a lot of game and the thrill was the pride of 14 lions that we came across. The 3 days was the right choice for us.

    Dave Thomas, April 2009

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Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"Opulent luxury with incredible views, enjoy the exclusivity with just 3 rooms in camp – perfect for families and groups of friends."

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Little Ongava was fantastic. We enjoyed the exclusive feel to it and the friendly staff. We saw a lot of game and the thrill was the pride of 14 lions that we came across. The 3 days was the right choice for us.

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