Onguma Bush Camp is a comfortable base for exploring eastern Etosha.
Onguma Bush Camp: Our full report
The Onguma Game Reserve borders Fischer's Pan, on the eastern side of Etosha National Park. Here, Onguma Bush Camp makes a good base from which to explore Etosha National Park. It is the simplest of the five lodges within the reserve, which also incorporates Onguma Tented Camp, Onguma Tree Tops, Onguma Etosha Aoba Camp and Onguma Plains .
Onguma Bush Camp’s eight fairly rustic but comfortable rooms include two that are suitable for families. Some rooms are slightly larger than the others and are located in thatched rondavels. All rooms are air conditioned but they do not have mosquito nets. Each is equipped with a tea and coffee station, and there’s a small porch at the front with a couple of chairs and views over the gardens. All the rooms are en suite, but some have a bath instead of a shower. There is also a suite.
At the entrance to the main area of Onguma Bush Camp is the reception area and a small curio shop. Along a short pathway, shaded by a beautiful flamboyant or flame tree, you will find the dining area and bar plus its adjacent lounge area. Across a lawn is a sparkling swimming pool with shaded sunloungers and a platform overlooking a waterhole.
Activities from Onguma Bush Camp include morning drives in Etosha, plus sundowner drives and after-dinner night drives on the Onguma Reserve. The landscape here is like that of eastern Etosha, a mix of pans, woodland and open plains, grazed by impala, oryx, wildebeest and springbok. These in turn attract the predators such as lion and leopard, and rhino are present too. Alternatively, you can easily drive yourself into Etosha National Park, as the entrance to the reserve is just metres from the park entrance.
Our viewThis fairly rustic lodge has a good location and will suit families and those on a tighter budget who want a lodge with easy access to Etosha National Park.
Ideal length of stay: A two or three night stay is recommended here.
Directions: Onguma Tree Top camp is located just outside Etosha National Park's western gate, on the Onguma Reserve.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: A buffet breakfast is served, as well as a hot breakfast cooked to order.
The camp offers a choice of three light lunches such as salads or sandwiches.
Dinner is a set menu of three courses.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Onguma Bush Camp welcomes children of all ages.
Generally recommended for children: None, but there are family rooms at Onguma Bush Camp.
Notes: Although Onguma Bush Camp is fenced, children must be under parental supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There are no communications facilities for guests in camp, but there is some cellphone reception.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb, about 100km away.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: The gate is locked at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the rooms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is availble for an extra charge.
Money: No currency exchange is offered.