Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Good(89%) From 76 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Below are independent comments from 76 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 P & Mrs E - Pelican Point Lodge
Arrived on: 23-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Great site, wonderful waterhole where its worth staying up all night for rhinos and possibly leopards. Very good guides.

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Mr MW and Mr M from France
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pleasantly surprised

When we arrived here we were initially taken aback at the size of the lodge. It seems much larger than others and with many more people. We felt it was more like a hotel than an intimate game lodge and that a coach might turn up at any minute - and indeed one did, though not a very large one! Having said that we soon came to realise that we needn't have worried. The main area and the bedroom were very comfortable and well-appointed and the staff were excellent in every way. The food here was the best we had on the whole trip.

The only problem here was the other people - and it did seem like there was a lot of them. The guides and the management should make more effort to ensure that the guests don't make so much noise. We saw a lot of game at the water hole, including lots of lion and two or three rhinos both nights we were there, but many of the animals were visibly put off by all the noise the people were making.

The worst was from some people who were staying at Little Ongava above Ongava Lodge, and who probably couldn't see the water hole, but they were having a real party with a lot of shrieking and laughing. And people on the same game drive as us had no idea how to behave with wild animals, making a lot of noise and moving about in the vehicle all the time. At times it disturbed the animals they were trying to view but they were oblivious to the effects. It's a pity the guide didn't advise them before setting off, as some others did.

In your review you mention that the guides have at times been mediocre, we would have to say that whereas none of the guides we had in Namibia was as knowledgeable as other places we've been, they were all been good, and here was no exception. The guide we had here was good and fun to be with. We really enjoyed his guiding and his company.

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Mr W & Mrs N - Namibia in February
Arrived on: 2-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great safari lodge

Everything you want from a safari lodge - views, waterhole with game, we'll organisenised safari drives, easy access to Etosha.

Guide took us tracking white rhino on foot - an exhilarating experience. Experienced and efficient staff.

Significant downside at the time of our visit was construction of a new deck next to the main viewing deck/loung area, which created noise for guests and the game.

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Mr A - Namibia trip with friends
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge and Etosha

The location of Ongava Lodge just outside the Andersson Gate is ideal. The lodge is well appointed and the rooms are well designed and comfortable. The mosquito nets were very effective. The food was excellent - we all had kudu as the main dish.

It was great looking at the animals coming to the waterhole either from the dining area or from our bedroom. We saw giraffes, a rhino and a number of different types of antelope. One of our party woke at 6 and saw a lion.

The staff were very helpful and the manager and his wife an excellent source of knowledge.

We did not go on any activities because we wanted to drive around Etosha. This was a fantastic experience. Driving ourselves was easy and gave us the chance to see animals and birds in a more natural setting than a game reserve.

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Ms P - Clayton
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We loved Ongava Lodge

Ongava was one of our favorite lodges. We enjoyed eating our meals on the open deck overlooking a small waterhole. Even though we visited in December, there were always animals at the water hole. We saw rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes and several other animals. This was all before we entered Etosha.

The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed all of the meals. We appreciated the cook made sure there were vegetarian options for our vegetarian family member.

We had a scare after dinner when a very large python blocked our path back to our rooms. The staff member leading us, simply took a different route, but we worried where the python would show up again. This is when we realized we were surrounded by wild animals, and they were not all at the waterhole!

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Mr J & Mrs E - Namibia in November
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A very comfortable lodge with great views

We really enjoyed our stay at Ongava, which was very comfortable - until we found a scorpion in our room! However, one of the managers Will dealt with the situation very quickly and immediately put us at ease.

The rooms are very tastefully decorated and ours had an excellent view over the watering hole. The food was very good and the service excellent. Our guide, Teacher, was very knowledgeable and helpful and managed to locate lions and lionesses - in both the private Reserve and Etosha itself.

We would definitely stay at this lodge again.

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Mr and Mrs B from Horsham
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Great location, facilities, activities and accommodation. Helpful and friendly staff.

Food was buffet style - sometimes this could be variable.

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Mr and Mrs H - Essex
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful view across the plains

Nice atmosphere in central area. Motivated guide. Easy mingling with other guests or privacy when wanted.

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Ms J and Ms C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

good rondaval but quite a long from main lodge.

very select as we were upgraded and only eight rondavals

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Mr & Mrs H Ulverston
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge - what a gem

We enjoyed our 3 night stop here. It gave us a chance to slow down and recharge batteries. It was a good place to do this. The Lodge was excellent in all respects. The staff were extremely helpful and welcoming across the board.

We spent a morning in an empty lodge watching an endless procession of animals coming to the waterhole. We were lucky to see a mother and baby white rhino close up on our sundowner drive. Black rhinos came to the floodlit waterhole every evening. The whole stay was fantastic.

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