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Ongava Lodge

Etosha National Park, Namibia


A safe, well-established lodge with lovely views, offering the best of both a private conservancy and Etosha wildlife

The Ongava Game Reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park is an exclusive patch with just four camps in 30,000ha of pristine bush. 340 species of bird have been counted here, including 10 of Namibia’s 14 endemic species. Add to that the opportunity to see Hartmann’s mountain zebra, red hartebeest, eland, endemic black-faced impala, rhino and lion plus a host of others and there are plenty of reasons to spend a good few days here. The Reserve is well placed to make use of the western area of Etosha, which is restricted for guided-only game viewing, unlike the eastern side where self-drive safaris are the norm.

Ongava Lodge is a stone and thatch lodge with fourteen chalets, a lovely open-fronted lounge that overlooks the waterhole, and a swimming pool. The rooms are large and airy, “safari style" with hotel-like amenities. They are set well apart on the hill-side with lovely views over the bush beyond. Sometimes steep pathways link the rooms to the main areas.

From Ongava Lodge you can enjoy all the activities on offer in the Reserve – walks, game drives and trips to the hides or you can venture into Etosha itself on guided drives. The Lodge is well-suited to people who want to enjoy some down-time between safaris and the possibility of activities within the reserve as well as Etosha is a real bonus.

If you want something more adventurous, we’d recommend you have a look at Ongava Tented Camp. Little Ongava is also a great option for a more private, intimate experience.


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14 stone and thatch chalets


A safe, well-established lodge with lovely views, offering the best of both a private conservancy and Etosha wildlife

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Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park lies to the north of the country and covers a whopping 22,000km². The actual Pan, formerly an ancient lake, dominates the eastern side of the park at over 100km wide. Standing on the edge, this immense dry white crust dances with mirages in the heat and you can see the curvature of the earth. Read more?

2/5 Some of the highest dunes in the world
Some of the highest dunes in the world
3/5 The craggy mountains of the Naukluft against the red dunes of the Namib - surreal colours, no matter what time of day
The craggy mountains of the Naukluft against the red dunes of the Namib - surreal colours, no matter what time of day


If you are considering travelling to Namibia, chances are you are looking for something out of the ordinary.  A journey through Namibia is all about daily surprises; the impossible number of stars, the expanse of views over desert mountains, the improbable salmon-pink of sand-dunes at sunrise, the ingenuity of small creatures adapted to the harsh environment, the ochre and leather dress of the Himba and petticoated dresses of the Herero, the first taste of ostrich biltong and the excellent seafood. Some recommended experiences in Namibia Family safari through Namib desert An ideal safari holiday for the family, exploring the deserts of Namibia. A safe environment, comfortable accommodation, flexibility plus loads to do. See more and book Flying safari on the Skeleton Coast A special flying safari in a light aircraft, with an expert guide and pilot along Namibia's wild Skeleton Coast. Remote camps, unbelievable scenery. Find out more Mobile safaris in remote NW Namibia A mobile safari and wild camping is one of the few, & best, ways to properly experience the surreal landscape of the Kunene in the remote northwest Nambia. Find out more Camping safari in Sandwich Bay Visit Sandwich Bay, disappear into the remote Namib desert to discover desert-adapted species, gemstones beneath your feet and to sleep beneath the stars . Find out more Read more?

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