Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(93%) From 76 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 76 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.
Family H - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

The management team were probably the best we experienced in our holiday and the camp was superbly run.

The activity into Etosha NP involved a long drive into the park in an open vehicle with very little to see.

For visitors planning to visit Etosha independently we would recommend that any guests restrict their activities to Ongava reserve - the waterhole is something else!

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Elephant Man & Lion Lady - Newcastle
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Disappointing

This was possibly the most expensive of the Namibian accommodation that we had chosen but was a real disappointment. The tents and communal areas were nice (although not particularly any better than anywhere else we stayed) but what this place lacked for us was the friendly, welcoming and knowledgable staff that we had been fortunate to encounter everywhere else.

We only spent one night here (mainly because of the cost) but really wished we had spent the chunk of money elsewhere on cheaper accommodation that would have been far superior in every way. Meals were adequate and again, were not of the high standard that had been presented everywhere else. There was a lack of explanation as to how the morning game drive into Etosha was to operate and this left us with a feeling of being rushed to leave.

In hindsight we wished we had spent the morning relaxing at the camp's waterhole as our guide did not have access to any private areas of the park and was restricted to the public roads. We were never made to feel at home here and felt that the camp simply did not deliver what would be expected at an establishment with such a high price.

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Mr U & Mr G Germany
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

The real benefit of Ongava is its private game reserve with a high density and diversity of wildlife. We spotted lions and white rhino on several occasions, but missed out on leopard and black rhino, which also exist.

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Mr & Mrs Lion - Maine USA
Arrived on: 24-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Contented at Ongava Tented

The game viewing was splendid -- a white rhino with her young calf, elands, lions, springboks pronking and many birds. Rio was an excellent guide. The managers, Cameron and Wendy, were personable. We enjoyed our stay tremendously.

This was the only camp we visited where the guard who accompanied us to our tent after dinner was armed.

This was one of our favorite places during our month in Africa. But if forced to find a fault, I'd claim that sometimes it was difficult to recognize the vegetables in the thick sauces.

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Mr & Mrs L from Lewes
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Ongava Tented Camp, with its smaller, simpler and more intimate style, was in contrast to the scale and pretensions of Doro Nawas and Sossus Dune, but no less enjoyable.

We were made to feel very welcome, and the policy there of mixing all the guests together at the table for the evening meal meant that we had some lively conversations that we would have missed otherwise.

Viewing in the conservancy was good, better than in Etosha itself now that the rains have dispersed the animals.

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The Eagle family from Quarry
Arrived on: 1-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

A true wilderness experience. We loved the tents and the way they where situated amongst the trees and so close to the water-hole. We were lucky enough to see two lions come to the waterhole one evening as we sipped our G&T's before dinner. The waterhole was a highlight of the camp and during the day we sat and watched blue wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, warthog and zebra amble back and forth.

Although sitauted at the Anderson Gate entrance into Etosha the drive into Etosha proper takes well over an hour so is quite tiring to do for a morning drive. We were not offered a night drive at Ongava despite our information stating that they did undertake night drives. Whilst the food at camp was fine, I'm not sure they provided enough of it - when we came back from our Etosha game drive everybody else was already eating and there was only a few scraps left for us!

We mentioned it to the staff but were merely informed that lunch was finished. They did however offer quite nice vegatarian alternatives to the ubiquitous meat main course and the porridge in the morning was very good.

Hein (I think he was the manager) was very good but some of the other staff appeared a little surly. All in all, very enjoyable though.

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Mr. J - Rose
Arrived on: 3-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Just an amazing experience, Cameron and Wendy make the place and if they ever move to another place we will follow them. Having their children with us also was just lovely. They made the place.

Water hole FANTASTIC. Food amazing. What a welcome to the safari experience. So lovely to lay in the pool watching the animals at the waterhole. Guides found us all the game we wanted, even baby rhino!!

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Miss. Alma Square
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Good food and wine and excellent service

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Mr & Mrs D
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Ongava Tented Camp review

A very warm welcome from Cameron, Wendy and staff. Excellent activities although the 6 hour safaris were a little too long but very informative. We had an amazing bonus by watching the final of the rugby world cup in the garden of one of the owners of the Ongava reserve with a back drop of a waterhole with a black rhino, lioness and cubs.

A memorable experience - shame about the result of the match!!

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Mrs. K - Toro
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Surrounded at Ongava Tented Camp

Comfortable tents with great showers and a view of the waterhole. Animals wander around most of the day - mostly Waterbuck (introduced from Okavango and flourishing), Oryx, Kudu, Springbok, Zebra, and there is a resident Porcupine.

We had a game drive on the property with Binius, and saw lots, including Giraffe, White Rhino and a pride of Lions under a tree. The night drive was also good, and although we did not see specifically nocturnal animals, we did see plenty of game including herds of different antelope resting, their eyes reflecting our spotlight. It was lovely to be out in the soft night air with stars shining so brightly in the clear African sky.

The highlight was our day in Etosha, and we had an excellent guide in Elaine. Stopping at the different waterholes provided breathtaking sights of huge herds of mixed animals, and many more spread out over the surrounding plains. We found, as always, being close to wild animals is a moving and highly emotional experience. Game viewing in Etosha was quite different from our previous safaris: we had seen plenty of large herds of individual animals, particularly in Botswana, but not these huge mixed herds with different animals interacting and taking their place in the scheme of things. it did come to mind that this, perhaps, is how the world once was.

No matter how many safaris you have done, Etosha should not be missed.

I do have 2 comments, both concerning this day. Firstly, it is far too long a time from 6 a.m. (very light) breakfast until 2 p.m. or later (fairly light) lunch. A snack to have with the cold drinks would have been welcome. Or better still, a packed lunch, like we had on the dune drive from Wilderness Camp, thus allowing us to stay out as long as possible. After all, most of us will pass this way but once.

My second point is that, only after we were underway, did we learn that we would stop at a complex which (as well as toilets) had gift shops selling postcards, information on the Park, and a Post Office. None of our group had brought any money and thus the one couple who had their credit card were the only ones able to buy anything, including a very useful small book illustrating the animals and birds we were about to see. We did have with us the Wildlife Guide from Chris McIntyre's excellent Brandt Guide to Namibia whcih was of some help - though not with the birds - and owing to luggage restrictions, we did not bring along our other reference books. I do feel information about this stop en-route should be made available ahead of time.

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