Onguma Tree Top Camp (viewed here from its waterhole)...
Onguma Tree Top: Our full report
Situated just outside the eastern side of Etosha National Park on the Onguma Reserve, the fairly new Onguma Tree Top Camp is in an ideal location for visiting Etosha National Park. Raised on stilts above the bush among the trees that give it its name, Onguma Tree Tops has a real bush feel to it.
Onguma Tree Top Camp has only four thatched and canvas chalets which can be partially open on one side for a real wilderness feel if you wish, otherwise you can just roll down a canvas cover. The rooms are raised up above the ground, and those who keep the sides up at night may hear the animals moving around below. With a mosquito net covered bed in the centre, the rooms are spacious with a sink on one side. Inspiration for the room colour scheme has clearly been taken from nature, with neutrals and greens mixed with fresh white linen. Next to the bed is a set of shelves with a safe, a horn (for emergencies), some mosquito repellant and a dressing gown. In front of the bed the open room extends to the private balcony, which has views over the watering hole in front of camp. This waterhole is visited by a variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, lion and a many different types of antelope. Jackals can often be spotted during the evening.
Each room at Onguma Tree Tops has an en-suite bathroom which forms part of the bedroom, with the toilet behind a door in one corner. The open air shower is just outside the room on the side of the balcony, although it is screened from view and so offers complete privacy. The waterhole is visible from the shower, meaning that guests can even watch game while they wash. At night, a shower under the stars is a memorable experience.
Connected to the rooms by raised walkways is a central main area which has a lovely restaurant which also overlooks the waterhole. The dining area is next to an open-plan kitchen where guests are encouraged to chat to the chefs. On our last visit we found the food to be delicious and cooked to a very high standard. The banana and rum mousse for desert was a particular highlight – it came with a personalized message written in chocolate on the top!
Next to the dining area is the comfortable lounge area, which is usefully also next to the small bar. Just opposite is an open-air seating area with a small fire pit. It's a great place to watch the evening waterhole visitors with a glass of wine around the campfire. The whole main area is accessed by a small drawbridge from the ground that is lifted up at night to prevent the animals visiting. The staff here are very attentive and helpful, and will often have a friendly chat with guests at dinner and over drinks.
Activities offered from Onguma Tree Top camp include guided game drives in Etosha National Park (includes drinks), as well as game drives, sundowners drives and guided walks on the Onguma reserve.
Our ViewThe peace and privacy of Onguma Tree Top Camp make it a good spot for a group of friends or a family who want a more private place to stay. It's convenient location, excellent service and food and wonderful bush feel should attract those with a sense of adventure who want to get a little closer to the wilderness.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights
Directions: Onguma Tree Top camp is located just outside Etosha National Park's western gate, on the Onguma Reserve.
Owner: Visions of Africa
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Breakfast: A breakfast buffet is served here, with a hot option being cooked to order in front of the guest.
Lunch: Guests can opt for a light lunch served at the camp or a picnic lunch to take with them to eat in the bush.
Dinner: Dinner is a delicious set three course dinner.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Onguma Tree Top Camp is not suitable for children.
Generally recommended for children: We do not recommend Onguma Tree Top Camp for children.
Notes: Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: None – this is a reasonably isolated camp with no mobile phone signal.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb but there is a basic first aid kit on site.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: There is a guard on the gate to the Onguma Reserve but not at the camp itself, because it is fairly remote. The camp's drawbridge is raised at night to prevent animals from entering.
Fire safety: A fire extinguisher is located in each room and in the main area.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: [Included] laundry is sent to Onguma Bush Camp so can take a while (24 hours) to be returned to the guest.