Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 131 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 131 of our travellers who have visited Ongava Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T from Twickenham
Arrived on: 27-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Overall 8-9/10. Lovely setting and great view from the main area. Good room, well laid out, well appointed, but no view of the savannah. Service was very good across the piece and we had an enjoyable ‘sun-downer’ safari, but quite pricey at 830R per person. Had a great ‘hide’ down by the water hole from which to view the animals. Food was good and definitely good enough, but not excellent. Wine was included with meals which was a nice surprise! WiFi worked well in the room but had broken down in the main area, but was fixed the day we left. Good staff.

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Mrs B from Swindon
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Over rated

We were looking forward to this lodge as we had heard it was meant to be very good. Of all the places we stayed this was the only one we had issues with. The location is fabulous and we saw plenty of game but the staff in the restaurant had “attitudes” and very lax. Food was not very good, fairly unimaginative and breakfast cereals completely covered in flies. Poor hygiene, chipped crockery. Not what you expect considering the high rate they are charging. They are living on past goodwill and the fact that they have a great location.

Trip into Etosha was a waste of time, did not see anything much and can only describe it as ‘godforsaken’ land. Probably because of the time of year so not their fault. Ongava reserve provided plenty of game.

Several guests were annoyed that they allowed people prebooking the prime positioned tables for dinner overlooking the water hole by placing their jumpers or books on the chairs well before dinner. Needless to say they were mostly German and the three nights we stayed we never got a decent table at the front.

We had wonderful lion sightings and maybe we should have stayed at the Ongava tented camp which is more intimate.

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Expert Africa comments

We are really sorry that Ongava Lodge didn't live up to these travellers expectations, or indeed our own expectations - we generally see very positive feedback from a popular camp. We passed their comments to the management team who acted immediately to improve the food standards and replace chipped crockery. Pre-booking of tables is not their policy, but it's hard to deny people the chance to get a table if they arrive early.

Mr J. from Warwick
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge

Another fabulous lodge. The dining room overlooking the floodlit waterhole gave us some great sightings of black and white rhino and lions all sharing the waterhole while we drank our glass of wine! The game drives in the reserve were excellent where we saw rhino's lions and elephants. The hide next to the waterhole was amazing and meant we managed to capture many close up shots of the animals. We drove ourselves into Etosha which was very easy but a little disappointing, due to our own impatience! We visited recommended waterholes and if there was nothing there we moved on to the next one. We should have lingered at each one. As a consequence we travelled many miles and only saw grazing animals. Our own fault - we'll know better next time!!

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Four poms from Somerset
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Generally the best overall experience of the trip. Lodge overlooking a waterhole and the hide next to the waterhole were highlights.

Superior service, very comfortable high quality rooms. Excellent guides. Lots of game. A wealth of Rhinos. Animals/birds not on the list: Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Impala, springbok, Hornbillls - grey, yellow, Kori Bustard, Koorhan, sand grouse, Goshawk, Steppe buzzard

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Mr A from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 10-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

This is a stunning lodge in every aspect. From the moment you arrive at the gate you are looked after by a dedicated team. We took a number of drives in the reserve and a trip to Etosha with Leon and his knowledge really helped us get the most out of each trip.

Rooms and communal areas are well appointed and food always to a high standard. Dining whilst overlooking the waterhole is quite an experience.

Do try to take some time to sit in the hide at the waterhole.

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Mr R & Mrs S from Southsea
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful Location, Excellent Service

From being greeted by Andriano, to leaving, a great Lodge in every regard.

Our room was charming and well appointed. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The restaurant and food a delight. As it was dark by the end of our evening meal, and there was the possibility of wild animals in the vicinity of our room, we were personally escorted back to our lodge room by an ‘armed employee’ which was reassuring.

My wife did a game drive which she loved....well organised and informative. Overall a great lodge which we would recommend.

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Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

but it was Christmas.

We found the infrastructure, maintenance and management on our trip into Etosha had deteriorated badly since our last visit, and were most grateful you had insisted on booking us into Ongava for Christmas.

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Mr & Mrs G from Cambridge
Arrived on: 1-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing location next to Etosha

Ongava Lodge was great. We arrived on saturday lunctime, and were shown to our amazing room. As enthusiastic safari lovers, we declined the Ongava lodge safari activity that evening, and instead headed straight into Etosha in our own vehicle. We had a great dinner that evening after our afternoon game drive.

On Sunday and Monday morning, we got up at 5.30am to breakfast and head out into Etosha again for opening at sunrise (6:15am). We were slightly disappointed that seemingly the breakfast was geared up for guests who were being driven into the parks for the 7am excursion (served from 6:30am-9am), and that we were only able to get food items after a kind member of staff felt sorry for us looking hungry!

As we were in Etosha for the afternoons, we were unable to go on the guided drive (afternoons only) in the Ongava Lodge reserve.

The watering hole at the lodge provided amazing viewing each evening, the hightlight being an altercation between a white rhino + baby, and a cantankerous black rhino, swiftly followed by a lioness with 6 cubs then being charged at by the same cranky black rhino!

We covered 1000Km from Saturday afteroon to Tuesday mid morning, and absolutely loved every minute we were in Etosha.

Another point of note was that our accomodation didn't have a fridge to store cold water, but this was available ftrom the dining area. There was restricted access to the accomodation in the evenings (requiring a member of staff to walk back with you), so guests just need to remember to fill up with water before heading back to their room in the evenings.

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Mr A & Mrs K from Wilts
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great sundowner drive

Comfortable chalet. Good food.

Did the sundowner drive and were treated to close up views of lion, elephant and white rhino, amongst others.

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Mr& Mrs T from Poole
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge

Great lodge with its own waterhole which during the day had many visiting animals which one could observe and photograph from nearby hide. Room ,food and staff excellent. Swimming pool small but very refreshing.

Game drives well organised with knowledgeable guides, not an abundance of wildlife but we did see both black and white rhinos and lions.

Watching 6 white rhinos while having a sundowner is an experience I will never forget.

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