Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Good(88%) From 66 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 66 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.
Miss P & Miss E - Luanda, Angola
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Another wonderful lodge location - right beside the Etosha Park entrance and with a waterhole right in front of the main lodge. Rhino and lions to watch while we had dinner.

Rooms were fantastic - the aircon was particularly welcome. Lunches were particularly good (great soup and salad selction) - dinner was actually a little disappointing by comparison but still good.

The game drives were quite spectacular - the guides were patient and thoughtful.

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Meerkats party x 7
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A taste of luxury and big game

We were bowled over by the reception from so many people when we arrived and by the view of the landscape and waterhole when we first entered up into the dining and reception area. This continued when we were told to be ready in half an hour for the evening drive which lasted into the darkness and in which we saw black and white rhino, giraffe and lions to name but a few!

The small waterhole was our first experience of "waterhole animal watching" and this was enhanced by the ability to watch while eating. We were impressed that newcomers were given the best view on their first night.

The staff were always very attentive and solicitous and we especially appreciated having the same guide for our two evening drives and the morning spent in Etosha - we felt we really got to know him!.

We felt that, we benefitted greatly from what we learnt from the guide when we continued our journey into Etosha to stay at Halali.
It was worth the money!

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Mr & Mrs F from Kent
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Very comfortable, everyone was very helpful and friendly. Views were spectacular and we saw good game both in the Ongava Reserve and in the Etosha.

Our only reservation was the way that the game viewing, especially in the Etosha (but not exclusively) intruded upon the animals (eg vehicles pushing for the best position and in doing so forcing lions off roads they were trying to cross or pushing them to make mock charges at the vehicles).

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Ms. Z - Ford
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

We thought Ongava Lodge was in an excellent location. The accommodation is to a very high standard and very clean and spacious. It was also great to be able to go for private game drives in the Ongava Reserve during the afternoons and to visit Estosha during the mornings.

Although the breakfasts, lunches and starters and desserts for dinner were good, we felt that the buffet main course did not match the high standards of the other food we ate.

In contrast to the other places we visited, we also felt that the Lodge lacked a visible host/hostess, so whilst our guide was fantastic, we didn't really feel that the atmosphere was as welcoming during the evenings, for example.

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Royal Albatross - Enfield
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Only one night at Ongava

We arrived at Ongava as it was going dark. The drive from the main road was irksome - there are speed bumps at very frequent intervals - something that seems unnecessary on a gravel road when you can't go very fast anyway if you want to keep your tyres! The car parking area looked more like a boulder field - it really should be improved - it was by far the worst area we drove on during our 2 weeks. The staff made light of our protests about the state of it, which didn't impress us.

The Lodge, however, was fantastic. Great viewing from the restaurant over the floodlit waterhole. The room was great - although a bit odd that the front door, which is between bedroom and bathroom has clear glass so you can be observed by anyone passing by! The mixture of indoor / outdoor places to sit and relax are lovely and we were sorry we only had one night at this location. It could do with a larger safe to store valuables.

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The swifts from London
Arrived on: 26-May-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing view of waterhole from our room

The location of the room was excellent, however the design of the room could be improved. The front door was glass, so people walking by can see into the room. Also, the outside shower is overlooked by the next room, so it loses its value.

The activities were from early morning to evening - partly due to distance of camp from Etosha. There was a lot of driving, and, even so, it was not possible to cover much of Etosha. Saw good viewings of game, including an amazing sighting of leopard.

We asked if it was possible to go on a nature walk, which we enjoyed. However, we had to ask for this as it was not offered.

The dining room was a bit chaotic and it was unclear where everyone was to sit at dinner, and nobody seemed to be taking orders for drinks.

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Mr and Mrs L - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 14-May-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

We only stayed one night here and it was therefore difficult to do it justice. Added to this that we have a friend who lives on the reserve who entertained us to a game drive second to none and it is diffcult to give general feedback.

If there is one criticism it is that we felt the atmosphere was a bit corporate but who are we to complain when each lodge has his and hers wash basins and showers + the outside bush shower - in one night it was difficult to try it all out.

Breakfast and we saw Kudu, Giraffe, Zebra and springbik as they wandered by the waterhole - beats the M25 everytime.

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Pangolins from Bromley - Kent
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Real Africa at Ongava

Ongava is what most tourists will call the Real Africa. Set just outside Etosha National Park, it has a lovely waterhole visible from the main deck where we saw Kudo, Oryx, Eagle Owls and Black Rhino on the first evening. The room was also excellent, and boasted two showers (one inside and one out)!

The morning after our arrival we entered the Park itself to see lots more animals - Zebra, Giraffe, Ostrich, Vultures feeding on a carcass, Jackal, Warthog, plus lots of other antelope and the salt pan itself. We then did an evening game drive where we saw White Rhino and then met a pride of thirteen Lions; we passed on the morning drive on our last day, so we could relax (the early mornings do catch up with you eventually...).

The staff were good (they notified us that we had left our headlights on, and actually took our car keys and turned the lights off for us too!) but reticent in approaching us at times, though an attendant to walk us back to our room (to ward off the porcupines) was always available.

A bit more variety in the food offered would have been preferable perhaps but the stay was generally all good.

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The Sparrowhawks from London
Arrived on: 28-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

The service here was excellent and our room was amazingly luxurious. The place was really well set into the landscape, with amazing views from communal areas into the bush, and over its own waterhole.

Rooms were all quite far apart and very private. Our guide was excellent and we really felt we went to great lengths to make sure we all had a good time,







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The Doormice - Norfolk
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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rhinotastic

wonderful spacious room with inside/outside showers and mosquito screens so can leave doors open at night

we went on a drive with them and saw rhinos (which I think is fairly guarenteed) but actually then really enjoyed more the rhino tracking on foot one morning.
I think the guides know an immense amount about the animals but do not give enough infomation spontaneously although could answer any question.

We spent days driving ourselves into Etosha as well and if you have your own car would recommend this as very easy

the food here was adequate but the worst we had in Namibia (which is partly a reflection on how good it was elsewhere!)

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