Little Ongava

Reviews of Little Ongava

Excellent(95%) From 12 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 12 of our travellers who have visited Little Ongava, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from Bath
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

Little Ongava is a bit of an enigma. It is promoted as being exclusive and intimate with only three rooms situated at the top of a rocky outcrop. The camp is small, very well appointed and the rooms are best described as suites with a separate lounge, bedroom and bathroom as well as a deck and other viewing areas. Attention to detail is strong, especially the use of high quality, sustainable materials.

So, in isolation, an exceptional camp. But this is the problem, it is not in isolation. The foot of the same rocky outcrop contains a second camp called Ongava Lodge comprising 15 rooms, 30 guests, six vehicles. You can hear and see the this camp particularly at night. It is not overly intrusive but you are very aware of their presence and it cuts across the exclusive nature of Little Ongava.

The territory comprises thick bush so game viewings are not great. Worse the tracks are very dusty and with so many vehicles, at times it was like driving through fog. As well as general game there are predators, elephants and rhino but the density of the bush makes them hard to find and view. Also, the vehicles constantly communicate by radio so anything worth seeing attracts a lot of vehicles at the same sight. This can get out of hand. There is a generally observed protocol on safaris of restricting the number of vehicles to three at any one time to stop the animals becoming stressed. This was not observed and a very rare sighting of a cheetah and three cubs with a kill attracted 8 vehicles. The cats were clearly distressed. We insisted on leaving and as we did, more vehicles were driving to the location. Very bad!

Talking of vehicles, if Little Ongava is fully occupied it means six guests sharing one vehicle. Fine if you get on with your fellow travellers. We ended up hiring a private vehicle.
Etosha National Park is close by. It is too sanitised and commercial for our liking but you will see general game and elephants.

The highlight of the camp for us was its water hole which attracted animals day and night. The camp has a hide close to the hole and we got very close to white and black rhino and it is the first time we had ever seen interaction between the two.

So, a mixed experience. Worth it for the rhino but otherwise does not live up to its proposition.

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Prof & Ms Moler - Santa Fe
Arrived on: 29-May-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

High point of the trip. Room are over-the-top fabulous. Animal viewing in Etosha was terrific. Our guide was marvelous.

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Mr & Mrs E - Perth
Arrived on: 16-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning accommodation

The accommodation is superb and it would be a pity not to use and enjoy it. Don't spend all day on a game drive - just spend time relaxing in the privacy and quietness of the lodge (each lodge is about 120m apart).

The rooms are stunning in every respect and it was very nice to have a touch of such luxury during our trip. Now morning we were woken up (in a very pleasant way) by a red billed hornbill bird knocking on the bathroom window! The game drives however were excellent and the guide found us such a lot!

It would have been preferable to have had dinner with all 6 guests together, but maybe not all guests like this.

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Mr D & Ms T - Ontario
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava review

enjoyed the peaceful luxury. Franco the guide was super.

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Mr & Mrs J - Munich
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava Paradise

We did not want to leave! Absolutely fantastic and exceedingly friendly and accommodating staff.

We were originally booked into the Okaukuejo Camp, but due to a local hiccup our reservation was cancelled. Our Expert Africa rep (Gwynneth) managed to negotiate this upgrade for us to this fantastic place - thanks!

Amazing trips with very knowledgeable guides (esp. Franco). If you get the chance go on the White Rhino Tracking Walk.

A 5 star place indeed.

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Mr & Mrs M - Hereford
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava review

Ongava was very dry and game was hard to come by. That said we saw several lions and had a fantastic hour in the hide by the water hole. We saw 6 Black Rhino including 2 mothers and calves very close by plus 3 lions just outside the hide door!

Etosha is a bit of a culture shock as we shared our game viewing with 2 large buses and some quite noisy self drivers. We only went into Etosha park once which we felt was enough for us.

Little Ongava is amazingly luxurious but rather characterless we felt. Again 2 nights is enough.

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SBD - Namibia in May
Arrived on: 10-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

Spectacular location on top of the hill. Very good food. The managers Michael and George very friendly and communicative.

Our guide Willem excellent with a great sense of humour. very good game viewing, particularly for rhino and lion

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Mr & Mrs O - Lechdale
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Quite simply - magnificent !

The suite of rooms were the most spacious & luxurious we have stayed in, the setting was magnificent & in keeping with the spectacular surroundings, the activities were varied & interesting, led by knowledgeable & enthusiastic staff.

Good conversations with Michael who is clearly passionate about the environment & what he does. Caroline, very friendly & efficient at the lodge.

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Prof. & Mrs S from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Viewpoint over the waterhole

Franco is the best guide we have ever had in Africa; his breadth of knowledge is exceptional for a young man - he made our stay a pleasure. Michael was an extremely attentive host. His wine list is worth investigating. The portions at both lunch and dinner were enormous (that's Namibia, we were told).

We made two visits to the waterhole at Okaukuejo and were stunned by the number and variety of animals and birds - hundreds of zebra etc in the morning, and around 50 elephants later on.

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The C family - Sussex
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

This was amazing. The rooms were beautiful, the food was excellent, and the staff incredibly helpful and welcoming.

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