Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Good(87%) From 63 travellers
Excellent
31
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 63 of our travellers who have visited Ongava Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr & Mr B - Cardiff
Arrived on: 30-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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comfortable & friendly stay in the bush

Very warm welcome,pleasant staff, eager to please--overall a very pleasant stay. Accommodation very comfortable and clean--stunning views of Etosha and its animals. Good quality food & willingness to prepare special meal if menu did not suit.

Trips very well organised

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Mr F & Ms G - Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Luxurious Ongava Lodge

Huge, comfortable central boma for meals and relaxation. Our lodge (number 2) had a private balcony, indoor and outdoor showers and a great view of the two waterholes. Excellent evening game drive in Ongava - six white rhinos, lions, wildebeest and much more. Etosha's Anderson Gate is right outside the Ongava reserve and self-drive is highly recommended. Watch out for the dassies, who think they own the swiming pool!

Downside: limited opportunity to walk around the lodge area on your own, especially not after dark as it's too dangerous. Same goes for Etosha - lots of signs tell you to stay in the car.

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Mr G and Miss R from Kent
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Ongava Lodge, great location and safari

We had an excellent safari in Ongava's own park and very much enjoyed dinner overlooking Ongava's watering hole. There is an option to go to the hide by the watering hole to get a better view, we went after dinner when unfortunately the animals had left by the time we arrived, it might be worth going at 5/6pm before dinner.

Excellent dinner and the after dinner Amarula was a nice touch.

Ongava Lodge was a great place to stay for entering Etosha Park at sunrise the following morning.

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Mr J & Ms A - Norway, honeymoon
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Ongava Lodge review

Very nice upscale Lodge. Very friendly staff, and great guides. Had very close up encounter with lions at sunset. Classic!

Also great restaurant overlooking small waterhole.

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Mr and Mrs B from Epsom
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Ongava Lodge review

A great lodge. Very professional staff, who were very knowledgeable and communicated their commitment to rhinos. They were also very friendly.

A great evening drive to see rhinos and lion.

An outstanding experience.

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Mr & Mrs O - Salt Lake City
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Spectacular View!

We had the best room of the whole trip. The only difficulty was the number of steps to get to it. The view from our room and the dining area was beautiful. We saw many animals drinking the two water holes down below.

The two activities we took while there were very interesting and again the guides were very good at what they do and quite knowledgeable. It was fun doing the rides around the camp.

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Mrs B & Friends, Switzerland
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Ongava Lodge review

We were very happy about this reserve because you can see rhino and lion in their perfect environment.

Lodge was very comfortable but the restaurant buffet service was average. the staff and guide were excellent

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Mr & Mrs W - Berkshire
Arrived on: 17-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Food:
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Average
Activities:
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Ongava Lodge review

Outstanding setting with lots of animals. Good rooms but in need of updating. The same applies to the main building. It is 20 years old and feels it, something we discussed with our excellent hosts, Jonathan and Sylvia.

Food was average and not to the standard a lodge of this class should provide. It was also variable in quality.

The staff were very good, particularly Abram who was our guide and went out of his way to look after us.

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Mr & Mrs H - East Sussex
Arrived on: 28-Jan-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

We were very impressed with our room (no 3) at Ongava with a view of the waterhole from the bathroom window. It was clean, comfortable and well appointed. The staff were friendly and enthusiastic. We went on an evening game drive and found our guide very knowledgable and painstaking.

Food was disappointing and scarce. As we declined to eat game, we were offered steak and lamb chops which, unfortunately, were so tough we could not eat them. They did provide a nice salad which seemed popular with guests and eventually on one evening provided a cheese plate. It was not until the second morning we discovered cooked breakfast was available.

New managers have recently been installed so perhaps the food issue will improve.

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Mr & Mrs L - Staffordshire
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Ongava Lodge review

We arrived here from Mowani at around 3:30 to find a drive was due to go at 4pm - all a little rushed - we felt that times of activities should be advised in the itinerary to ensure guests arrive in sufficient time. The drives were excellent with lots of wildlife, although the Land Rovers' seats were way overdue for re-upholstering as they were extremely hard and uncomfortable.

Room was lovely with excellent facilities.

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