Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 70 travellers
Excellent
50
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 70 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.
Ms R & Mr B from Switzerland
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ongava Tented Camp review

The tents are well appointed and very clean, but unacceptably close to each other affording little or no privacy. There is also very little shade making the camp almost unbearable during the afternoon siesta. There is a pool, but it didn't look too clean. The food varied between ok and dreadful - undercooked chicken and nearly raw sausages for example.

In the camp's favour it must be said that the water hole is very close to the camp and presented excellent photo opportunities.

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Expert Africa comments

Wilderness Safaris, the owners of Ongava Tented Camp, have looked into the issues raised by these travellers, as they were both surprised and disappointed that guests did not enjoy their stay here.

They are sorry that these guests found the pool to be dirty during their stay. Wilderness explained that regrettably whilst every attempt is made to keep the pool clean, that week was particularly windy and leaves etc kept blowing into the pool. They would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this caused.

The managers at Ongava Tented Camp have also addressed the poor quality of the food with the chef, and want to sincerely apologise if guest were disappointed by the food offered - it's the first time in a while they (and us at Expert Africa) have received such disappointing feedback on Ongava Tented Camp. However, Wilderness would like to assure these travellers (and us) that their concession manager has taken this very seriously and will be looking further into the quality of the food.

Ms H & Mrs J from London
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Best veranda at Ongava Tented Camp

Arrived by car mid in the mid-afternoon heat and were taken to our tented room which directly overlooked the waterhole a very short distance away, where lions were monopolising it from a waiting throng of water buck, zebra, springbok, kudu, etc. etc. There was coming and going to the waterhole by all animals throughout the day and night - a great spot.

Very attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere despite the proximity to lion. Etosha heaving with wildlife - note that the drive to Etosha passes through Okaukuejo where there is a large shop and post office, so take some money (we didn't as were not told shops would be en route).

No mosquitos.

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Mr and Mrs M from East Sussex
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ongava Tented Camp review

We enjoyed having a waterhole in front of the main area which is very busy with game.

Although everyone was very friendly here, we didn't feel it had the same relaxed feel as at Desert Rhino. There seemed to be much more of a separation between managers and staff.

Our tent was right next to the main area, which meant it was a little public at times. However, the quality of the room itself was extremely good.

We had fanatastic game viewing and had a great day in Etosha.

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Mr L & Mrs V - Essex
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Magic time at a magic place

This was highlight of the holiday. Seemed to be a very well run place. Service and food were excellent and the guide (Festus) was outstanding. Apart from the game in Etosha, we were fortunate enough to have some very good viewing on the Ongava private reserve.

One day we arrived early for breakfast, and the serving staff asked to borrow our binoculars so they could look at some lion cubs that were in sight of the camp. It was that sort of infectious enthusiasm and enjoyment that made the place so special.

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Ms B & Mr W - Switzerland
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Waterhole in camp and the meals were stars

Very secluded and private. Rooms were comfortable with both indoor and outdoor showers. Staff was excellent (Paul, Gerda and Michael--on loan from Little Ongava) and engaging.

Game drives yielded lion, black and white rhino and giraffe along with several birds and all manner of antelope. Waterhole within 30 meters of the terrace and dinning area was constantly yielding unparalleled viewing of wildlife.

Rio and Leon were excellent guides.

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Mr G and family - Philadelphia
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ongava Tented Camp review

OTC was our main destination on the southern side of Etosha and was one of the highlights of our visit to Namibia. We saw rhino, lion and many species of ungulates here including zebra (two kinds), giraffe, kudu etc. The tented accomodations of OTC are very comfortable and balance rustic and luxury very well. The main lodge area overlooks a very active watering hole and just watching the passing parade of visitors can be mesmerizing.

My only suggestion would be to enhance the company's offerings of walking activities. our guide Festus showed us the area adjacent to the camp and was very knowledgeable but we would have happily extended the range of such activities.

Festus also showed us the best rhino sighting of our entire trip to Namibia as well as a distant Brown Hyena; with Leon we also saw quite a few lions. We did not tour into Etosha from OTC, having spent the day before in the park.

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The B family from Swindon
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Lovely camp (My favourite) best of both worlds – Ongava private reserve and Etosha national park, teaming with game, double the opportunity to view the animals.

Great to have a night camera on the camp's water hole... with both black and white rhino whilst eating dinner.

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Mr & Mrs B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 26-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ongava Tented Camp review

Great for the local water hole and the game in their private reserve. Great trip into Etosha.

Food only average. Needed to be served hot.

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Mr D & Mrs J and Mr P & Mrs J - Essex
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Excellent game viewing at Ongava

We were delighted with our experience at Ongava, which was clearly the best camp we stayed at during our visit to Namibia.

The camp is very professionally managed, and the degree of commitment and engagement from the staff to the guests is exceptional. The camp really has a 'wilderness' feel, and the design of the tents around the water hole also provides for exciting night time game viewing. During our 3 night visit, Our guide Festus, was prepared to give us two full day excursions involving both Etosha and Ongava, which was well beyond what we had previously experienced on safaris. As as result of his efforts, our game viewing was superb.

The manager Paul was also keen to get personal and candid feedback on all aspects of the camp. The contrast between Ongava and Etosha was stark, and proved to us that it's not what you see, but how you see it that really matters.

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Mr and Mrs O - Somerset
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Ongava Tented, a Unique Experience

Ongava Tented is a gem. We chose it as a base to visit Etosha and felt the time we spent travelling to and from the National Reserve would have been better spent in the Ongava reserve. We found Etosha over commercialised, flat, desolate and dull. In contrast the Ongava reserve is groaning with great game. We saw both white and black rhino, a huge pride of lions and masses of antelope and giraffe.

Paul and Gerda run the camp like caring landlord and landlady making one feel instantly at home. Our guide Rio was top notch and just kept delivering for our full stay. The water hole in front of the main building is a revelation and a constant source of activity and fabulous sightings.

We were slightly worried about the wood burning hot water heaters known as 'donkeys' but our fears were unfounded. We never lacked hot water despite very cold nights. The food can be a little basic but set against the rest of the experience any criticism amounts to nit picking. This camp is a must for anyone tempted to visit Etosha. We again had an early departure preventing a morning activity on our last day but this is a Sefofane issue not Wilderness.

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