ONGAVA GAME RESERVE, ETOSHA, NAMIBIA
The Ongava Game Reserve shares a boundary with the Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife destination and one of Africa's largest game reserves. Set within this reserve, Ongava Lodge offers views of large herds of wildlife that teem around the waterholes and breath-taking vistas of the surrounding plains. The lodge consists of 13 chalets and one family room, attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch.
Wildlife in the Ongava Game Reserve, include springbok, wildebeest, Burchell's and Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, giraffe and the endemic black-faced impala. Elephants can be found in the Park, with lion, leopard, and black and white rhino both seen on the reserve. Birdlife around Ongava Lodge is prolific, with over 340 species to be seen, amongst them 10 of Namibia's 14 endemic bird species.
Activities at Ongava Lodge revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. A hide at the camp waterhole provides superb photographic opportunities. The Ongava Game Reserve features all the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion.
Ongava Lodge ONGAVA GAME RESERVE, ETOSHA, NAMIBIA
Stay Ongava Lodge is a Classic Safari Lodge with 14 luxurious tents with a capacity for 30 guests. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, shower and double hand basins. Air-conditioning and overhead fans keep guests cool in summer. Mosquito nets are fitted to the windows and each room features a tea/coffee station and a safe. The rooms have glass-fronted doors which lead out onto a private, covered veranda, overlooking the plains.
The Camp Situated close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains, the main Ongava Lodge is in split-level with a thatched roof covering the lounge, dining room and bar. There is also a swimming pool. All areas provide fantastic views over waterhole below the main area. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.
ChildCare Children of 16 years and above are welcome to stay at the Ongava Lodge. There are no specific facilities available for children and hence the lodge does not allow younger children to stay at the camp.
Safari Daily routine at Ongava Lodge begins with an early morning game drive to Etosha National Park in 4 x 8-seater open Land Rovers (7 “window” seats). Travel takes approximately 30 minutes to the entrance gate. Return to the lodge for lunch and rest. Afternoon tea and depart on nature drive on the Ongava property with sundowners. Dinner is on the outside wooden deck overlooking the floodlit waterhole.
Experience Bird life near Ongava Lodge is prolific with 340 species seen, amongst them ten of Namibia's 14 endemic bird species including White-tailed Shrike, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Hartlaub's Francolin, Ruppell's Parrot and raptors in abundance. Ongava also provides easy access to the prime game viewing areas of western Etosha, Namibia's premier wildlife destination.
Location Ongava Lodge is situated in a private Ongava Game Reserve in northern Namibia along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Set on the crest of a hill, the lodge overlooks the private 30,000-hectare game reserve that borders Etosha National Park to the south and boasts a wide range of wildlife including lion and rhino.
Getting There The best way to reach Ongava Lodge is from Windhoek reached by international flight via Johannesburg. It can be reached by light aircraft flight to Ongava's private airstrip from Windhoek in 1-hour 30-minutess and from Swakopmund in 1-hour 45-minutes. A member of staff will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the camp. Self-drive from Windhoek takes approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
When to go The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around the waterholes. Summer months between November and April bring rain, when migratory birds flock into the Etosha park's many habitats followed by bird watching in December in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region).