Ongava Tented Lodge

Etosha, Namibia

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Ongava Tented Lodge

Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Located in the much-lauded Ongava Game Reserve to the south of the Etosha National Park, it overlooks a nearby waterhole to which a plethora of wildlife congregates to drink.


We Love
  • Ongava Game Reserve was formed by converting four unproductive cattle ranches into a highly productive private game reserve that is now a haven to large concentrations of wildlife.
  • Most general game has been reintroduced onto the property but the most successful reintroduction project here is the white and black rhino project.
  • Ongava Game Reserve is one of the few places in southern Africa where you will have a realistic chance of encountering both of these amazing creatures.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years and for rhino tracking is 16 years.
  • The Camp has generator and electricity is by 12v battery.

The Review

Ongava Tented Camp is tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park – Namibia's premier wildlife destination – providing an abundance of incredible big game viewing regardless of season.

Eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas; the family unit sleeps four. The main area, built of stone, canvas and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole. The family unit sleeps four.

Relaxation at the camp typically takes place around the main area with its relaxing bar and swimming pool, watching the wildlife that comes to drink at the waterhole.

Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife destination and one of Africa's largest game reserves. Large herds of wildlife teem around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas. The Ongava Game Reserve shares a boundary with the Etosha National Park, where smaller game move between the two areas.

Most general game include springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and the endemic black-faced impala. Elephant can be found in the Park, with lion, leopard, and black and white rhino seen both there and on the reserve.

Birdlife around Little Ongava within the Ongava Game Reserve is prolific, with over 340 species to be seen - amongst them 10 of Namibia's 14 endemic bird species.

Activities at Ongava Tented Camp revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks with experienced guides, birding and spending time in hides that overlook waterholes. Guests at Ongava Tented Camp share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations.

Getting There

Ongava Tented Camp is situated in a private Ongava Game Reserve in northern Namibia along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. The Anderson Gate is the closest access to Etosha National Park. It can be reached by air from Windhoek in 1hr 30 mins and from Swakopmund in 1hr 45 mins. The Ongava Airstrip is at an altitude of 3,774ft and is 1,700m long with calcrete surface.

Ongava Tented Lodge Etosha, Namibia