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.