Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Excellent(90%) From 108 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 108 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 H from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Ongava Lodge is a wonderful place in a beautiful setting. it was a long and bumpy drive from Doro Nawas but all the drives have taken us through amazing changes in scenery. Our room was excellent and near the hide for game viewing. There is also a fantastic view of the waterhole from the dining area and always something to see. Our guide here was Kapona and he was excellent. We took 2 afternoon trips with him around the Ongava reserve and were rewarded with sightings of lions, black rhino, many varieties of antelopes and plenty more. On our second trip Kapona found white rhino which we then tracked on foot. It was an amazing experience. We also took a morning trip into Etosha itself and again we were well rewarded by what we saw, but I think we would also have been lucky if we had driven ourselves around.

The trips at Ongava are wonderful, but more expensive than at the Wilderness Lodges, and we realised to our cost that the lunch after the morning trek wasn't included here. The price was inconsequential, but we were led to believe it was included. Having said that, the meals were very good here.

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BarryT from Knutsford
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A fantastic lodge with its own waterhole

Of all the excellent places we stayed this one was exceptional.

The location although outside the park on a private game reserve was outstanding. We drove through Etosha to Okakuejo as Ongava is close to the Anderson Gate. Quite a long drive and we hoped to fill up with fuel but the station was out of diesel. We waited for about three hours for the fuel truck to arrive.

Okakuejo is a busy camp with a variety of accommodation and is popular due to its floodlit waterhole. Ongava is reached through its own private drive and adjoins the Etosha boundary, We were upgraded to a suite which was lovely with inside and outside showers and a huge bed and the Management had put a bottle of chilled champagne in the room for our anniversary.The staff are brilliant.

The food was stunning and the restaurant overlooked the waterhole. It also had its own hide where you could get really close to the animals. We saw white and black rhinos including a mother with a baby and lots of game.

This is a fantastic lodge.

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J & K London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely stay at Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is beautifully located with the open lounge and dining area overlooking the waterhole. Nice ambience. We weren't lucky enough to see the rhinos on our game drive (although we saw a small lion family with two adorable cubs) but we did see one at night at the waterhole. There is a hide which enables close up views and the rhino hung around for quite a while.

Our room was a little way from the main lodge and waterhole, but very private. We could relax on the deck and watch the procession of animals making their way across to the waterhole.

As we found throughout our trip the food was delicious.

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Drs F & S - Oregon
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A Glitch that ended well

Loved this lodge but when we arrived they had no record of our reservation so we were kept waiting and missed an afternoon game drive.

They offered us the Ongava Tented Camp which I refused because it was hot and we wanted to AC/ Finally an accommodation was reached where we stayed one night in Ongava Lodge and were upgraded to Little Ongava the second night which was heaven.

This is a great lodge and the drives and views were spectacular. Apparently our reservation was cancelled in their system...again was this a Wilderness Safari issue. I wish we had stayed here for 3 days and only one day at the Mushara Lodge because we saw so much game here.

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Expert Africa comments

Ongava Lodge replied immediately, the day after these travellers arrival there, apologising for the confusion. Apparently their automated reservation system inadvertently cancelled this Ongava booking. They are truly sorry about this and are investigating fully to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. They gave these travellers a complimentary upgrade to Little Ongava for their second night by way of an apology.

Mr & Mrs K - New Forest
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ideal for driving into Etosha

Good game sightings within the Ongava concession including a number of lions and both black and white rhino.

The camp waterhole also attracts a variety of different animals which were lovely to watch whilst having dinner.

Perhaps we were unlucky, but during our stay the food was disappointing.

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Ms A & Mr M - Nigeria Lagos
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Waterhole...

We received a warm welcome on arrival at Ongava and were booked to stay for two nights. We could have happily stayed for longer simply sitting at the vast wonderful communal and dining areas gazing at the expansive view and waterhole. Located on the outskirts of Etosha by Anderson's Gate we felt extremely comfortable at Ongava.

Our room was large, again like many of the lodges we stayed in sympathetically designed and decorated in a decor to our taste with a huge deck area. Very well equipped and a welcome and efficient laundry service included. As this was a special 25th wedding anniversary trip we appreciated the nice touch of a card and complimentary sparkling wine.

Due to the wildlife it was necessary to be escorted to and from your room during certain hours. There was a phone in the room to call for a guide and horns for emergencies.

We took an afternoon game drive and sundowner which was excellent and our guide was very engaging and we saw lions and rhinoceros plus calf among many other species of wildlife. We enjoyed our guides company and conversation. He was not rushed and endeavored to be informative and answer all of our questions, queries and accommodate our requests.

Dinner and breakfast were taken on the terrace overlooking a lit waterhole at night which for us was a highlight of our stay as we felt it to be rather special just glancing over to see what animal was visiting.

Personally we felt the food and complimentary wine options to be excellent. I do not eat red meat and one evening I was served fish and the other chicken which had been the norm in other lodges also, however Ongava made an effort to make it slightly more appetizing and creative which was appreciated. The service and staff were good during our visit and for us it was nice to see that they also showed enthusiasm about the birdlife and wildlife visiting the hide.

There was a large pool to one side and a lower sitting and fire pit area the other. These communal areas have clearly been designed to maximize enjoyment of the view and waterhole. Wi-fi was very sporadic in our room but useable in the communal areas.

There is a secure walkway to the hide and the hide itself is comfortable. I do not recall how many seats there were but it was not busy during our stay so it was not an issue. It was very special to simply sit and watch wildlife wander by and we were fascinated in the evening my a visit from a rhinoceros and her calf and three inquisitive porcupines.

We were interested to learn about their conservation and Ongave Research Centre. The lodge was a great introduction to the Etosha region so thank you for a wonderful stay.





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Mrs H & Mr M - Madrid
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rhino paradise

Amazing views to the waterhole with plenty of activity.

Do not miss the hide, on both nights we were rewarded with black rhino visits. No words can describe the experience of being so close.

Game drives on the reserve were brilliant, we tracked rhino on foot and succeeded in finding a crash of 10 white rhinos on two consecutive days !! A big thanks to our guide.

Request for rooms 1 to 3 for direct views to the waterhole.

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Mr and Ms K from Brisbane
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

A bit bigger than the other lodges we stayed at but comfortable and a great view over a waterhole from the restaurant - saw many animals come and have a drink including giraffe and black rhino. The game drives were some of the best we did - saw white rhino and lions. The staff are little disorganised but friendly.

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Mr and Mrs L from Brighton
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing view of wildlife from the dining room

Great location right at the gates of Etosha and it was amazing to see wildlife including rhinos from the dining room. The evening drive enabled us to see lions close up.
Great luxurious room with a view of zebras from the bathroom. Really good for wildlife overall.
The welcome was a bit lacklustre - there was an attempt to sell us activities without explaining how much they were or what happened on them. More information would have been helpful.
The food was poor overall - I had an omelette at breakfast which I couldn't eat as the eggs were still raw!

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Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Uber luxury, exceptional

Ongava Lodge is a great place to stay on the outskirts of the Etosha park. The Etosha model seems to offer a choice of very comfortable, privately-run, lodges/camps outside the park and Government-run, considerably less luxurious, camps/lodges within the park. We stayed in both but there is no question that Ongava Lodge (there are other Ongava properties on the reserve) is the top of its tree.

Attractions include exceptionally comfortable rooms, set in individual rondavels, a lit waterhole with hide (from which we saw white and black rhino each night), a wonderful dining terrace offering views both of the waterhole and the plains. Food is excellent, service exceptional.

We enjoyed game drives, both to Etosha itself and within the Ongava reserve (complete with sundowner and passing elephant). There is, understandably, far more game in Etosha itself but then where would you regularly see rhino less than 20 metres way from one's semi-private hide?

I can't think of any way in which it could be improved.

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