Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Good(90%) From 98 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 98 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 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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Mr & Mrs H - Cambridge
Arrived on: 17-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Really enjoyed Ongava. Location, guide, room and food were great.

Rhino, lion, giraffe, etc. in the park but a bit short of antelope varieties. Drive into Etosha is a bit long but worth it.

A couple of issues: the place has been taken back by owners from Wilderness. The owners were in evidence when we stayed but seemed to be throwing their weight around. The directors turned up to a lion sighting and were happy to break their own rules about number of vehicles at a sighting (they were the 5th vehicle). They were also very noisy at the evening meal. The directors need to think about putting their guests first.

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Expert Africa comments

The owners of the Ongava Reserve apologised for disturbing these guests' stay. They explained that they had been showing a group involved in a new development project around the reserve and lodges, introducing them to as much as possible within a 24-hour period. The group didn't stay at Ongava Lodge, but did take their dinner there, and it did mean there were more vehicles than usual at one wildlife sighting.

Dr D & Mrs C - Nam late April /May
Arrived on: 7-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Mikel from (withheld because it's not interesting)
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Fantastic In Every Way

Excellent service, fantastic view, really good hide at the watering hole that you can walk to in 3 minutes and really, really nice rooms. Ongava Lodge really impressed us with their service and the view. So many places you can just sit and enjoy the view. The lodge has such a good location. The hide is an excellent place to sit and wait for wildlife to come in the evening (we saw two Rhinos, one with a baby, and a lion). The hide has a well protected walkway to the lodge making it possible to run down when you see wildlife show up. Many people do this but it's a missed opportunity. Wait in the quiet for the animals to show up. The hide even has camera mounts on balls. I got some good photos. On the guided drive we saw only the bum of a lion going away from us through the bush, some giraffes and the standard dinner fare game. We tracked fresh Elephant markings for over an hour but were unable to see any. Still the reserve is nice to see from their vehicle and is a nice change of place from driving through the national park yourself (we did see a lot more game there on our own).

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Mr & Mrs. P. from Seattle
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Incredible stay at Ongava Lodge

We spent two days at the Ongava Lodge during our honeymoon and they made us feel very special from start to finish. Our host, Angelo, was attentive, friendly, and very thoughtful, setting up a private dinner for us on our last night there with a complimentary bottle of wine while we overlooked the waterhole.

Our guide during our time there, Binius, was simply brilliant. Knowing that it was our first time visiting a game reserve in Africa, he immediately took us to the big game on our first game drive. Within a couple of hours, we saw giraffe, savanna elephants, a variety of antelope, and two prides of lions. It was the best game viewing we had all trip, including Etosha. Then, when we came back for another drive on our second day, he showed us completely different aspects of the reserve by introducing us to many of the different birds that inhabit the area. The contrast was excellent and his expertise during both drives was greatly appreciated.

Aside from these two wonderful individuals, our room was a comfortable, welcome respite from our activities. With a great view, indoor and outdoor shower options, air conditioning, and very comfortable beds, it was all you could want from lodging here.

The food did not disappoint either, as we enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner during our stay. It was all very tasty.

If you are looking for a safari experience at a first rate property, look no further than Ongava Lodge!

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Mr and Mrs R. from Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

The location and style of the Lodge is superlative. Their own reserve is more interesting than the Etosha Park itself as the vegetation is more varied and less desert like.

At this time of year with the rains just starting, there are fewer animals to be seen at the waterholes but we still had excellent sightings of all the animals that we wanted to see. Once again the guide like all the others that we had met, was exceptional and kept us very informed and helped our "education".

The lodge accommodation and facilities were excellent. The staff didn't have quite the "character" as those in Doro Nawas but it was lovely experience.

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Mr & Mrs - Bath
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge had the best wildlife

High standard accommodation and superbly situated lodge overlooking a waterhole. Staff were friendly and welcoming although we felt there was slightly more 'corporate' feel than in the other lodges we stayed in.

Lovely to sit out and watch the comings and goings at the waterhole - virtually non-stop entertainment!

Game drive on the Ongava reserve was excellent with an extended close up view of lions. The rhino trek on foot the following day wasn't as successful but you cant win them all!

The drive into Etosha was wonderful - an absolutely amazing, unmissable place!

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Mr R M - Nam trip with daughter
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Wonderful! Not to be missed.

The rhinos and lions are fabulous and the camp itself is perfect.

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Mr and Mrs G - Herts
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Location excellent with highlight being hide overlooking floodlit waterhole reached by fenced walkway.

Downside was brusque staff attitude. Room basically smart, but sleep severely disrupted by line of ants over pillow and large spider found in room. Bit ironic given insistence on accompanying guests back to room after dark.

Synthetic safari one felt.

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Ms C. from London
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Understated luxury

This was, obviously, very luxurious but unpretentious. Our room overlooked the water hole which gave us amazing views of the rhino and other animals drinking there. The drive into Etosha was helpful and the drives on the reserve very interesting.

We found the staff helpful and caring. Ruth was unwell for 24 hours and was very well-looked after.

The room itself was one of the best we had throughout our holiday and the views from it and from the communal area were superb.

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