Little Ongava

Reviews of Little Ongava

Excellent(95%) From 17 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 17 of our travellers who have visited Little Ongava, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mss from Brussels
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava review

Exclusive 3 villa lodge where we stayed in the second one. We were picked up at the airstrip only 10 minutes away from the lodge. Welcomed by Marco and Tobias, the manager & food and beverage manager. After a welcome drink, Marco presented us the villa. So far so good. I

n the late afternoon, we made a trip through Ongava NP were we saw quiet some animals such as lions, elephants, rhino's and many birds. Next day, a morning safari through Etosha and back for lunch time at 13h.

Foodquality: limited choice and really nothing special. Very basic dishes as also the service from the waitress Grace....she needs to go and follow some course in hospitality (service level in Sossusvlei desert lodge is fron another level). For the price you pay, the service level is just not sufficient for this kind of lodge.
Cleaning: although many visits of housekeeping during daytime to the room: empty glasses aren't removed, garbage bins aren't emptied, even empty toilet rolls were still on bathroom floor upon arrival...again for this price, you would expect another service level.

With only little effort and change, this could become a top experience which wasn' t unfortunately matching totally to our expectations. We experienced the service level of the Sossu Desert Lodge and the Serra Cafema lodge which was a higher level.

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Mark and Kat
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava review

What a fantastic lodge. The setting, layout, rooms and food at this one were spectacular. And they really went the extra mile for us - private dinner on our terrace being one example. The opportunity to trek rhino on foot was also superb, and we have some amazing experiences out in the bush there.

I have two specific comments on the lodge though: the guides were notably less good than any of the other places we went (including not giving any briefing before we set out on foot into the bush); and whilst the reserve is good for rhino there is much less wildlife there more generally than in the park, so if you don't leave the reserve you are really missing out (and the lodge seems to think you don't need to leave the reserve to see everything, but I think they are wrong on that count).

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Ms R - London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Outstanding in every respect!

Two nights here - nowhere near enough. This was the outstanding place that we stayed in Namibia, and with just three (massive) chalets its personal service to the extreme in luxurious surroundings.

Blommie and Tobias made sure we were totally pampered throughout, with lovely lunches and evening meals to the backdrop of a waterhole where we saw Black Rhinos, Lions, Eland, Kudu, Oryx and Black-faced Impalas. Incredible stuff! Plus the evening visits from Porcupines uniquely combine 5* luxury with nature. An outrageously beautiful place.

Our rooms, well, were absolutely outstanding. Superbly finished with an outside small pool and a couple of decks for sun loungers. Immaculate and massive too - plus with plenty of reading material too. Yes of course we visited the surrounding Ongava Game Reserve where we had three separate sightings of Lions, both Black and White Rhinos too along with a whole host of other game and birdlife.

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Mr. & Mrs C - Berwick
Arrived on: 1-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wish we'd stayed longer!

We spent only two nights here, having thought that Etosha would be very busy (which we try to avoid). In fact we wished we had spent another night as Little Ongava was the best accommodation of the trip ... and the best vegetarian food! The chalets are huge and immaculate, also very, very private. Because there are only three chalets, the communal area is quiet with an intimate atmosphere. Louis the manager gets a special mention. The regular guide was on sick leave but Michael was a very good replacement. In the event, we had a half day in Etosha with him (no other guests) and were pleasantly surprised: with the exception of the watering holes it was easy to get away from other vehicles. During two evening drives we walked with white rhino in Ongava's reserve. The chef showed imagination with his veggie options and we had a magnificent packed lunch on the day we departed. The Ongava camps are no longer part of Wilderness Safaris.

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PV from Ireland
Arrived on: 27-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Exquisite

A heartstopping location over a well visited waterhole

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Mr & Mrs B from Bath
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

Little Ongava is a bit of an enigma. It is promoted as being exclusive and intimate with only three rooms situated at the top of a rocky outcrop. The camp is small, very well appointed and the rooms are best described as suites with a separate lounge, bedroom and bathroom as well as a deck and other viewing areas. Attention to detail is strong, especially the use of high quality, sustainable materials.

So, in isolation, an exceptional camp. But this is the problem, it is not in isolation. The foot of the same rocky outcrop contains a second camp called Ongava Lodge comprising 15 rooms, 30 guests, six vehicles. You can hear and see the this camp particularly at night. It is not overly intrusive but you are very aware of their presence and it cuts across the exclusive nature of Little Ongava.

The territory comprises thick bush so game viewings are not great. Worse the tracks are very dusty and with so many vehicles, at times it was like driving through fog. As well as general game there are predators, elephants and rhino but the density of the bush makes them hard to find and view. Also, the vehicles constantly communicate by radio so anything worth seeing attracts a lot of vehicles at the same sight. This can get out of hand. There is a generally observed protocol on safaris of restricting the number of vehicles to three at any one time to stop the animals becoming stressed. This was not observed and a very rare sighting of a cheetah and three cubs with a kill attracted 8 vehicles. The cats were clearly distressed. We insisted on leaving and as we did, more vehicles were driving to the location. Very bad!

Talking of vehicles, if Little Ongava is fully occupied it means six guests sharing one vehicle. Fine if you get on with your fellow travellers. We ended up hiring a private vehicle.
Etosha National Park is close by. It is too sanitised and commercial for our liking but you will see general game and elephants.

The highlight of the camp for us was its water hole which attracted animals day and night. The camp has a hide close to the hole and we got very close to white and black rhino and it is the first time we had ever seen interaction between the two.

So, a mixed experience. Worth it for the rhino but otherwise does not live up to its proposition.

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Prof & Ms Moler - Santa Fe
Arrived on: 29-May-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Ongava review

High point of the trip. Room are over-the-top fabulous. Animal viewing in Etosha was terrific. Our guide was marvelous.

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Mr & Mrs E - Perth
Arrived on: 16-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stunning accommodation

The accommodation is superb and it would be a pity not to use and enjoy it. Don't spend all day on a game drive - just spend time relaxing in the privacy and quietness of the lodge (each lodge is about 120m apart).

The rooms are stunning in every respect and it was very nice to have a touch of such luxury during our trip. Now morning we were woken up (in a very pleasant way) by a red billed hornbill bird knocking on the bathroom window! The game drives however were excellent and the guide found us such a lot!

It would have been preferable to have had dinner with all 6 guests together, but maybe not all guests like this.

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Mr D & Ms T - Ontario
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava review

enjoyed the peaceful luxury. Franco the guide was super.

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Mr & Mrs J - Munich
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Little Ongava Paradise

We did not want to leave! Absolutely fantastic and exceedingly friendly and accommodating staff.

We were originally booked into the Okaukuejo Camp, but due to a local hiccup our reservation was cancelled. Our Expert Africa rep (Gwynneth) managed to negotiate this upgrade for us to this fantastic place - thanks!

Amazing trips with very knowledgeable guides (esp. Franco). If you get the chance go on the White Rhino Tracking Walk.

A 5 star place indeed.

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