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

Ongava Tented Camp

Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
No of rooms                 8
Max Occupants            16 plus tour leaders/ guides
Interests                     Wildlife, Nature, Hiking
Location                      Ongava Game Reserve

Standard Tents
There are seven twin bedded tents. There are two twin bedded guide/pilot tents which are much smaller than the standard tents.

Family Tents
There is one family tent which comprises of two tents and can sleep four guests.

Leader/ Guide Tent
There is one twin-bedded guide tent (not the same standard as a guest tent)

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

Accommodation details
Classic Meru-style tents with double doors and covered veranda have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet, basin, indoor and outdoor shower. Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied in each tent. Safe in each tent.

Camp Description
Stone and thatched main area consisting of bar, dining room and open deck with camp fire overlooking a small productive waterhole. There is a swimming pool.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity for emergency. Lights are on 12v power. Video battery recharging facilities available; please bring spare batteries and adaptors. Wood/fire heated geysers


4 x 8-seater open Land Rover 4x4 vehicles (7 “window” seats)
Game drives on Ongava Reserve
Half and full day game drives into Etosha National Park with a picnic
Guided walks (white rhino can be tracked on foot – minimum age 16 years)
Private vehicles can be booked at extra cost (subject to availability)

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup at 0530h. Continental breakfast and depart for Etosha from the camp (approximately 45 minutes game drive to the entrance). Return to camp for lunch. Afternoon tea and depart on nature drive on Ongava property, tracking rhino on foot (minimum age 16 years),
sundowners and returning to camp using the spotlight. Dinner

    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


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 and house wines are included.
    Daily service is included in nightly fully inclusive tariff
    Payment can be affected by: Cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.