Ongava Lodge

Etosha, Namibia

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Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is cleverly constructed on a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve against the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. From up here guests can enjoy a host of thirsty wildlife congregating around the waterhole.

UNLEASH IT: AT ONGAVA, SITUATED HIGH ON A HILL AND OVERLOOKS A WELL-FREQUENTED WATERHOLE.
 

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.
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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 220v mains electricity in the main areas and rooms.

The Review

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. Large herds of wildlife teem around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas.

Stay
Accommodation at Ongava Lodge consists of 13 chalets and 1 family room, attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch. 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.

There are impressive views of the waterhole and surrounding plains from the main lounge, bar and dining areas. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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.

Getting There

Ongava Lodge 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 Lodge Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Lodge

Rating                      Classic Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
Friendly                    Children
No of rooms              14
Max Occupants          30 plus tour leader/guides
Interests                   Wildlife, Big-5, Nature, Hiking, Flora
Location                   Ongava Game Reserve


Standard Tents
There are thirteen standard tents which are made up of 11 twin bedded tents and two twin bedded tents. There are two twin bedded guide/pilot tents which are smaller than the standard units.

Family Tents
There is one family room which has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, shower and double hand basin.

Leader/ Guide Tent
There are two twin-bedded guide tents  (not the same standard as guest rooms)

Accommodation can be combined with Little Ongava (Premier style) and/or Ongava Tented Camp (Classic style) to increase capacity for a large group.

Accommodation details
The air-conditioned tents at Ongava Lodge have en-suite bathrooms with shower, double basin and outside shower (except for the family unit) with a view. Soap, shampoo, body lotion, hairdryers, torch and insect repellents are supplied. There are overhead fans and tea / coffee making facilities. A private wooden viewing deck overlooks the reserve.

Lodge Description
Situated close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains, the main area is in split-level with a thatched roof covering the lounge, dining room and bar. All areas provide fantastic views over waterhole. There is a curio shop and a swimming pool. No wheelchair access.

Electricity & Water
Electricity is 220 volt mains in the main areas and rooms. Should you need an adaptor plug for a special appliance, please enquire at reception. Solar heated water.


Activities

Game drives on the Ongava Reserve in 4 x 8-seater open Land Rovers (7 “window” seats).
Half and full day excursions into Etosha National Park (subject to availability of vehicles).
Guided walks (white rhino can be tracked on foot – minimum age 16 years).
Private vehicles can be booked at extra cost (subject to availability).
Photography at the hide.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup at 05h30. Continental buffet breakfast and depart for Etosha from the camp (approximately 30 minutes game drive to the entrance). 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.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years and for rhino tracking it is 16 years.

Other Policies
    Local drinks are included if guests are booked on a fully inclusive basis. Guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis pay for all drinks direct.
    Daily service is included in the nightly fully inclusive tariff but also available at an extra cost to guests on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
    Payment can be affected by cash, Travellers Cheques or Visa/MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Ongava Game Reserve

On the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and forming a buffer to the Park lies Ongava Game Reserve, a 3o 000-hectare private reserve. It is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife: notably lion, wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok, Hartmann's mountain zebra, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and the larg¬est population of the endemic black-faced impala outside of Etosha. The Reserve is also known for the successful reintroduction of white and black rhino.

Birdlife
Bird life 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.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

The summer months between November and April bring rain and turn the country green, occasionally bringing floods to the desert. But December can be rewarding for game viewing in Etosha and bird watching in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) though danger from Malaria persists. The region is best avoided in the peak wet months of January and February.

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 water the waterholes as the dry season wears on. The months of June and July can have freezing night time temperatures while September and October can be extremely hot.

Visa
All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


Getting There

Ongava Lodge 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.