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Onguma Plains The Fort

Etosha National Park, Namibia


A colionial-style but contemporary Fort on the edge of Etosha

Inspired by the few German forts that are found dotted around Namibia, this lodge is all asymmetrical pale stone cladding, antique doors and simultaneously cool and cosy interiors. Thirteen suites overlook the white reaches of the Etosha Pan and the accompanying camel thorn. The high tower provides a great place to get some perspective on things and see just how big and empty this part of the country really is.

The rooms at The Fort are air-conditioned as well as possessing fireplaces for those frosty nights. They are spread out at intervals that will ensure you can’t hear your neighbour snoring. The distressed wood and mixture of antique and contemporary furniture has been carried through to good effect and it is clear that a lot of thought has been put in here.

Once you’ve managed to tear yourself from the luxuries of the lodge, you will find it quite well placed for exploring Etosha. Game viewing can be done both within the private Onguma Reserve and in the Park itself. Onguma is about as close as you can get to the Namutoni Gate without actually staying in Etosha.

The Fort is certainly intended to be luxurious and stylish and it hits those nails on the head. The Reserve is fenced, and the fences are clearly visible while out on drives so don’t come expecting to be in a wilderness area. If you prefer an experience that is slightly more “bushî, then consider the Onguma Tented Camp or, better still, Onguma Tree Top Camp.

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A colionial-style but contemporary Fort on the edge of Etosha

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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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