Overview of Ongava Lodge

Situated in a private game reserve bordering Namibia’s flagship Etosha National Park, Ongava Lodge offers an authentic safari experience while providing great accommodation and service. This lodge is a comfortable base from which to explore Etosha but at Ongava you have the opportunity to enjoy exciting night drives and guided nature walks, activities which are not allowed within Etosha itself.

Game drives in both Etosha and Ongava offer you the opportunity to see large numbers of classic African animals such as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and zebra. Birding is also excellent in this part of Namibia with over 340 species – including 10 endemics – to be seen. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the June to October dry winter season, making for exciting game viewing, and the Ongava reserve is also home to both black and white rhino.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Set on a hill in the Ongava Reserve, with spectacular views
  • Excellent game viewing & birdwatching - seek out lion, rhino & leopard
  • Night game drives, guided walks & a photographic hide
  • Track white rhino on foot with guide
  • Explore Etosha National Park
Bird watching

Bird watching

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks

Night drives

Night drives

Photographic safaris

Photographic safaris

Rooms at Ongava Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Chalet

    Ongava Lodge has 14 brick-and-thatch rooms, each with an en suite bathroom featuring a flush toilet, double hand basins, and indoor and outdoor showers.

    On hot summer nights from about October to March you will appreciate the air conditioning of these rooms, which are also fitted with overhead ceiling fans. Each room has glass-fronted doors that lead out onto a private covered veranda.

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      Family Unit

      Families on safari will appreciate the Family Suite at Ongava Lodge, similarly furnished as the other suites but boasting more room. There are two bedrooms, each with a bathroom, and the suite can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children.

      General Facilities

      Situated on a tree-covered hill, Ongava Lodge offers beautiful views over waterholes and swaying grasslands from the main lounge, bar and dining areas.

      These cleverly designed main areas are on split-level wooden decks to enhance the views and make for a wonderful refuge in between game drives.

      On hot afternoons you can also take a refreshing dip in the lodge’s swimming pool or visit the safari shop, which stocks a large variety of souvenirs and African-inspired gifts.

      Bar

      Bar

      Swimming pool

      Swimming pool

      Dining

      Start your day with a full English or continental buffet breakfast which is served before your morning game drive into Etosha, which lasts until about lunch time.

      Picnics in the bush and lunches at the lodge are also part of the culinary offering at Ongava while your evening meal comprises a selection of international cuisine and local game dishes. Dinner at Ongava Lodge is served in the main dining area under thatch with a great views of the camp’s waterhole or on the dining deck under the stars.

      Expert Opinion

      We know because we go
      Ramona Cilliers

      Ramona Cilliers

      Africa Safari Expert

      Be wowed by the views from the elevated camp and enjoy unhurried game viewing from the waterhole hide

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      Traveller Reviews

      • HD

        Ongava has a fabulous setting. It is a lovely camp.

        Heeten Desai
      • PB

        Sussosvlei was amazing…. more beautiful than expected. We also had a nice guide which made a big difference. I think 2 nights could be good enough since we did not do anything in the last day after the hot air balloon. The lodge is quite nice. I think the overall lodge organization was less impressive than Etosha. The hot air balloon was excellent and I would suggest it to everybody. It is a different perspective and you can see how immense the desert and the dunes are… the company you suggested was very nice, very knowledgeable and the landing breakfast quite good.

        Paola Bari
      • CC

        All the accommodation was excellent, our favourite being Ongava, so glad you booked 3 nights for us, and we observed a Rhino Notching re conservation which was a privilege to be part of .

        Carole Crocker
      • ML

        A very nice dining area overlooking a watering hole. Room is too dark though. I don’t recommend for those who are physically challenged as it’s quite a hike down to the rooms and up again to the dining area.

        Melanie Lim
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart

      Traveller Reviews

      • HD

        Ongava has a fabulous setting. It is a lovely camp.

        Heeten Desai
      • PB

        Sussosvlei was amazing…. more beautiful than expected. We also had a nice guide which made a big difference. I think 2 nights could be good enough since we did not do anything in the last day after the hot air balloon. The lodge is quite nice. I think the overall lodge organization was less impressive than Etosha. The hot air balloon was excellent and I would suggest it to everybody. It is a different perspective and you can see how immense the desert and the dunes are… the company you suggested was very nice, very knowledgeable and the landing breakfast quite good.

        Paola Bari
      • CC

        All the accommodation was excellent, our favourite being Ongava, so glad you booked 3 nights for us, and we observed a Rhino Notching re conservation which was a privilege to be part of .

        Carole Crocker
      • ML

        A very nice dining area overlooking a watering hole. Room is too dark though. I don’t recommend for those who are physically challenged as it’s quite a hike down to the rooms and up again to the dining area.

        Melanie Lim
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • MAH

        Great accommodation with great views. Our guide was superb. It was certainly the best game viewing area we were at.

        Memos Amphitrion Holidays S.A.
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • KM

        The facilities and food at the Ongava Lodge were excellent.

        Kevin Mazula
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart
      • CH

        Was superb – thank you

        Chris Hart