Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(93%) From 77 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 77 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.
Mr L & Mrs V - Essex
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

A lovely place to stay and relax for a few nights and very convenient for visiting the eastern side of Etosha.

Although small the waterhole can be very good at anytime of the day and can be enjoyed from the bar, dining area and your own tent.

The wine cellar has to be seen to be believed.

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Mr and Mrs L - London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

This was a very different experience for us. We have been many times to Africa but have never stayed at a game reserve that had bought all its animals in and is very managed and of course is fenced. The animals were plentiful and we spent some time with our guide Rio looking and walking for rhinos, which was successful, although we did not see Black ones there ( thank goodness we had done Damaraland) Plenty of lions.

We were again lucky to have Rio too ourselves almost the whole time. The one disapointment is that they do not have elephants on the reserve, because of the potential enviromental problems of destroyed trees etc. ( This perhaps needs to be told to clients in advance)

We did 2 trips also to Etosha which were excellent although we should perhaps have done a visit to the east side of the park where you can see the salt pan much better and where all the elephants were.! But we had super views of all sorts of game at the waterholes.

The staff at Ongava were particularly helpful articulate and shared ideas and views This might have been because the manager Paul was very much visable with the guests and was always happy to talk as were the rest of the staff.

Only one negative point and that wasthat hot water was only available at night, and in the very, very cold mornings at 6am it would have been nice to have washed with hot water or had some hot tea or coffee bought to our tents.

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Mrs & Dr S - Essex
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Our abiding memories of Ongava will be the time spent with our guide, Festus, and one of the camp managers, Gregory; they were both exemplary. Other staff, with one exception, were extremely good but in two short days Festus and Gregory became friends. The guides and managers often eat with guests and the chances to chat seem greater than in other camps.The setting of the tents is low-key but the water-hole in the front makes it spectacular, with regular arrivals of antelope by day and visits by rhino at night. The property drives were fascinating, varied and always fun whatever we saw, with lion, rhino, antelope and birds the main sights. We did 100 metres of rhino tracking on foot and on the last evening went to a nearby hill and watched the sun set on a Moringa tree, turning the white-silver bark a beautiful golden colour. The drive into Etosha takes a while and will probably be graded by what one sees - we were fortunate and saw elephant, lions making a half-hearted attempt at a chase and a million zebra and ostrich; ultimately though it was the view from the edge of the salt pan that was the unique part of this activity. The tents are large, well equipped (but with no electricity other than for lighting, recharging is done in the office) and comfortable - do ask them to drop the outside window covers in the chill of winter nights. Overall the camp and animals were really good but it is the people that would take us back.

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