Onguma Tented Camp

Reviews of Onguma Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 47 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 47 of our travellers who have visited Onguma Tented Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr D & Ms F - London
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Lion encounter at Tented camp

Lovely setup for the tented camp.

Perhaps one of the nicest lodges we stayed at although it might be a bit overpriced.

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Mrs B & Friends, Switzerland
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Onguma Tented Camp review

It was great. Nice tented camp : Unfortunately, the cold weather made the night in the tents very fresh

The game drive in the reserve was great but we didn't enjoy the etosha park -too touristic-

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Mr and Mrs L from Paris
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Onguma Tented Camp review

Designer camp on the Onguma reserve next to Etosha.
On the positive side, the tents are great and you see wildlife both at the private water hole and while driving to Etosha.

However we were not impressed by the food, which tries to be pretentious but lacks quality.

Also note that this one out of several Onguma franchises, which means that you will not get the personal touch of a smaller camp nor the intense interaction with other guests at an owner-run camp.

Reasons to stay here: be close to Etosha and wildlife.
We were in Tent 5

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Ms. W and Dr. F from San Francisco
Arrived on: 9-May-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Onguma Tented Camp

To be fair, we spent little time at Onguma. The rooms and lounge areas are very chic, and the food was the best we had in Namibia, really very good.

All of the staff were extremely nice and I like the fact that the Onguma operation goes to great lengths to train and employ local people. But we arrived in the late afternoon after a long drive through Etosha and departed in the next morning, so I don't think we took advantage of all the camp had to offer.

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Mr & Mrs L - Staffordshire
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Onguma Tented Camp review

Very nice camp but spoilt somewhat by thousands of bugs everywhere - very unpleasant at dinner and in the room, not helped by the staff leaving an outside light on directly by the door. The second night we requested this to be left off and it reduced the number considerably.

The room itself was extremely hot and airless and the fan was useless! The pool area was relaxing and very welcome in the heat.

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The Leemings - Kent
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
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Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Onguma Tented Camp review

We arrived here after a very interesting drive through Etosha where we saw some fascinating elephant behavior.

It is comfortable & well appointed but didn't have the "intimate" feel of many of the other camps. Our evening drive was very low on sightings although our guide was interesting & informative.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Relaxation & no ash.

This is a lovely camp with great facilities and lovely staff. The only downside is that there were no animals inside the reserve - they are definitely there but in two days we saw a couple of lion and a brief rhino sighting - the later is part of a rehabilitation project and as the central fence is removed the sightings could be more difficult until the rhino become used to the vehicles.

Great location and food.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Onguma Tented Camp review

We were surprised at how close to the gate the entrance to Onguma was. You then have an interesting 30 minute drive to the camp from the entrance and a variety of game can be seen on the way.

Onguma has a nice sitting area, restaurant area and a small but welcome pool all with a great view of the waterhole. The small waterhole had a variety of game that visited during the day and the night. Keep an eye out for the honey badgers!

The staff were lovely especially Alphaeus who was kind, gentle and efficient.

The tents are large, nicely appointed and very comfortable indeed. The outdoor showers are a lovely touch although the indoor shower and bath are great too. There is a coffee/tea station in each tent and electricity sockets available. There are no mosquito nets here which might be useful and reassuring.

We went on one game drive into Etosha with the guide. The drive was good as the guides share information so you see things you may have missed by yourself. We found the drive too short for our enthusiastic selves. You left at 7:30 and returned by 10:30/11:00. By the time you had done the 2 X 1/2 hr drives to the gate and completed the formalities at Naumutoni on returning you only had 2 hours in the park so we drove ourselves in after that. Having said that you do see game on the way into and out of the park and we did see 5 lions on Onguma property.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma Tented Camp review

A beautiful situation but the water hole at the camp was very disappointing. This camp is very remote. However the guide on the excursion into Etosha was very knowledgeable and friendly.

After dark the staff escort guests from their room to the restaurant and lounge at an agreed time but it would be helpful if there were some way of calling reception when you are ready to make it more flexible.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
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Onguma Tented Camp review

The location was superb with every balcony overlooking the waterhole which was frequently visited by animals.

It was a bit awkward having to wait for a member of staff to escort us the 70 metres to the dining room after dark (health & safety).

The food was poor and the chef needs to take some training in preparing meals for vegetarians.

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