Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(93%) From 74 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 74 of our travellers who have visited Ongava Tented Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss WM & Mr DS - Dublin
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Ongava Tented Camp was fabulous.

The staff have a way of making you feel like you're the only guests there. Activities were excellent and it afforded us our best wildlife spotting, rhinos and lions, of the holiday.

Exhilarating to hear lions roaring next to your tent!

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The M family - Hampshire
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava great lions and rhino

We arrived at the reserve gate to be asked what sundowner drinks we wanted on the evening game drive: a good start! We could not get to the camp because the road was blocked by a pride of lions lazing on the sand; eventually rescued by a safari jeep. 30 minutes later we were seeing our first rhino! We saw 10 white rhino in all, all close up and including 4 when we went on a early morning walk.

Expert guides Leon and Festus. Nothing seemed to much for them or camp manager Elizabeth. They also had Wilderness Safari staff inspecting while we were there, also very friendly.

Fantastic location overlooking well frequented waterhole, although with lions close to camp we had to be escorted at pre-arrranged times after dark and once in your tent you did not open the door.

Comfortable accommodation but our donkey boiler had sprung a leak so our room had no hot water for the 2 days which they did not seem to have noticed. It would be good if they could use solar power rather than burning wood. A very sociable camp where we all ate together at large table overlooking waterhole. The animals made this another highlight.

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Ms B & Ms M - Washington DC
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp Review

We had an incredible experience at Ongava Tented Camp.

Accomodations were well-appointed tents--simple safair luxury right in the bush. And the service here was unsurpassed. We dined each night with the charismatic manager Festus and spent our days with our knowledgable and attentive guide Bono. One night we even had the entire camp to ourselves--a rare treat!

If you want to be close to game, stay at Ongava! The first animal we saw was an alpha male lion no more than 10 feet from our vehicle. And we went on to see more than 20 lions at close range, white rhinos, and a plethora of other animals.

Travelers should beware that the tented camp is not fenced. You are escorted to your tent each night by a guide with a rifle, and two of our three nights we were awoken by lions roaring right outside of our tent! That said, we never felt unsafe. To the contrary, we knew we were in expert hands and our experience was all the more memorable for being that close to the animals.

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Ms E - Sweden
Arrived on: 27-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Compared to the previous camps this felt a little different. I can't really put my finger on what it was - the atmosphere between management and staff was not as "close" as in the other camps.

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Mr & Mrs H - Essex
Arrived on: 25-May-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Wonderful camp, loved the waterhole and all the passing animals. We were lucky enough to hear a lion roar very close to the tent one night.

Excellent service, guide very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, we would have missed so much without him

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Ms. W and Dr. F from San Francisco
Arrived on: 7-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sleeping in the wild

Ongava Tented Camp is a true wildlife experience. The waterhole is very active and we had lions in the camp the first night right after finishing dinner. We all quickly got back to our tents and listened as a male lion walked back and forth roaring for about 20 minutes. The performance was repeated again in the middle of the night.

We liked this camp a lot. The overall feel is very relaxed and friendly. It reminded us of our favorite camps in Bostwana. Our guide, Momo, was the best we had throughout the trip. We saw several white rhino on the reserve, and, of course lots of animals in Etosha. But what we enjoyed most was sitting on our deck in the afternoons watching the animals at the waterhole.

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Miss S - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava was excellent- wonderful waterhole and animals on our door step

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Mr W & Mrs R - Shropshire
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp

Camp was excellent. Again, management and staff were charming and very helpful and efficient.

Corne, in particular, helped us in many extra little ways and took us out on the only walk we managed in the whole two weeks - a rare and much desired treat. Hermine was a delight.

Our guide, Leon, really pulled out all the stops, giving us a twelve-hour day out when we drove into Etosha on our own and even coming home via the scenic route and giving us the usual evening game drive after a full day out. He also took us to visit the local primary school inside Etosha which was fascinating and will benefit the school as we're sending them a donation - everyone should have this included !

Only slight disappointment here (for one of us more than the other) was that Etosha was so commercialised and touristy. It was the only location of our four that we felt was not as unspoilt and remote as we'd hoped. Probably inevitable but it might have helped if we'd been expecting it. But the game was amazing and the second day there, when we went out on our own for the whole day and were able to get further away from the ghastly lodges, was much better.

One tiny point about the camp itself, very difficult to get out of the sun in the heat of the afternoon. Our veranda was in full sun, as was most of the seating in the main areas. A bit more shade needed.

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Dr's Spear - Washington DC
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

We didn't anticipate the degree to which we were in the midst of African game! Our tent was beautifully appointed and comfortable but, after dark, a safety-enclosed spot from which we couldn't move without supervision (and having no phone meant staying put). After dark, all movement was accompanied but someone with a gun, for good reason -- lions were growling at night all around our tent.

Our last night a pride of 14 lions came and encamped at the water hole some 100 ft. from our dining table (an incredible spectacle), and then some of them moved to our tent's front 'lawn.' At first the staff insisted after dinner that we couldn't return to our tent even with the gun-toting guard but that we'd have to be driven there (somehow); eventually we did walk back with the guard, encountering lions at rest maybe 50 ft. from our door. It was an exciting venture. The weak spot, however, given the camp's cost, was the very mediocre food (by far the worst we encountered at our hotels), served buffet style and not much better than a cafeteria's.

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Expert Africa comments

After receiving the feedback from these travellers Ongava Tented Camp informed us that they have put together a new chef training course. Their aim is to raise the standard of the meals offered to a much higher level. The camp management is also discussing the possibility of moving away from buffet style meals, although they are still working through the logistical issues of how to best transport the food from the kitchen to the dining area whilst keeping it fresh and warm.

Mr M & Dr K - Massachusetts, USA
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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OTC

Truly remarkable! Festus and his staff made this an adventure to never forget.

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