Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 144 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 144 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.
Ms S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous

Incredible! Loved everything about Ongava.

Received a warm friendly welcome. Informative yet quick check-in. Amazing room with fantastic views close to the watering hole. Incredible sightings at the watering hole - including elephants and black rhino - and the hide is an excellent facility. Great food. Amazing service. Staff couldn't do more for us and even changed a flat tyre. Game drives were fantastic with a friendly knowledgeable guide.

Didn't want to leave, Would highly recommend.

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J&J from Plockton
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good Lodge with superb staff

The best thing about this lodge was the manager we met - Adriano. He advised us not to do their own morning tour into Etosha but to drive ourselves. He was right, and it was refreshing to meet someone who wanted us to enjoy our stay and not ensure that we spent more. For that reason alone I would recommend Ongava. It is a very upmarket lodge, directly outside Andersson gate, which makes access very easy. As recommended we drove ourselves into Etosha and had a fabulous morning.

In the evening we did the local Ongava game drive. They obviously know where the game is and we saw the local lion pride and several white rhinos.

The food was excellent. At dinner they were good at handling my lactose free needs.

The rooms were very comfortable and the wildlife walks past your balcony.

They insist on walking you to your room at night, but our guide said he’d never used the gun he carried.

The only downside was the light illuminating the waterhole. This stayed on all night, and shone into our room which made sleeping difficult. It is a shame that they can't turn it off after guests have gone to bed.

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Mr & Mrs T from Sawbo
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury at Ongava Lodge

Excellent safaris with plenty of wildlife.

The adjacent waterhole attracted plenty of animals and it was a pleasure to dine whilst watching them drink. Food was excellent and, as with everywhere we went, the staff were very helpful and courteous.

Franz was our excellent guide and our Safaris included a visit to Etosha National Park.

Maybe visitors should be warned that the number of steps can be quite trying, especially as, some days, it was over 100 F.

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Louise & David from UK
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge for best rhino sightings

A lovely first wildlife sighting as on our first night at midnight I woke to hear rustling noises and saw the shape of a giraffe just the other side of our balcony, 5m from our bed - I watched it browse on the leaves of a tree for some while, magical! I had to wake my partner as he would never have believed me the next morning!

We loved this lodge for the amount of wildlife sightings and the stunning, beautifully laid-out communal area with perfectly positioned seating areas overlooking a well-frequented waterhole. The large and comfy Hide was a bonus and we were lucky enough to have it to ourself on each occasion we spent time there photographing the animals, particularly various antelopes and oryx, zebra and giraffe coming down to drink. Whilst we couldn’t fault the service, the food and game drives we found the staff were efficient and polite but more formal and not as friendly or as engaged as other places we stayed, possibly because it is larger, although not full when we were there. Having said that we had a really great stay here and thoroughly enjoyed the game drives with the very well-informed Guides.

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Mr & Mrs OC from Sheffield
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic location for access into Etosha

Another terrific place to stay, the existence of the watering hole alone means this has an Excellent rating! Watching a rhino having a bath was one of the highlights of our trip.

We loved the views from the main lounge/dining area and also from the swimming pool, which we enjoyed lots as it was one of the more generous sized pools we encountered.

The setting of the room was fantastic and we had a close encounter with a giraffe who came right up to our balcony late one night, which was brilliant. They were great at providing cold drinking water, but it would be even better if they could provide a fridge in the room.

We didn't do any of the activities here but used it as a base to drive ourselves into Etosha (concentrating on the quieter western section which was fantastic), which worked really well due to the easy access into the Park.

This felt a bit more traditional than Onguma and service was a little more reserved, although still incredibly polite and helpful.

Onguma was the setting of our only (very small) health hiccup during the holiday, when I was stung by an unknown insect on the foot whilst watching animals down at the hide at dinner time, when it was dark. This was my fault as I was wearing flip flops and not closed shoes as recommended, and in the end it was not serious at all, but the fact we didn't know what had stung me was a bit of a cause for concern. Bradley from Onguma was absolutely brilliant, took charge straight away and administered some first aid to sort me out. I was much more careful to wear closed shoes in the evenings for the rest of the trip!

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Dr P. from Austin
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Excellent vehicle and guide, great waterhole and game hide with bench and stabilizer for camera.

Pascal is best guide by far of our 3 different safari locations during our trip!

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Mrs C. from Blauzac
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Just amazing

This lodge was just wonderful: the site, the pool, the main lodge, the rooms, the staff... We would have been very happy here even without Etosha at the door.

The water hole brought lots of night-time rhino sightings and we loved the hide besides the water hole. We enjoyed the game drive/sundowner with the guide going all out to find us lions.

The staff did everything to make us happy.

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Eve& Reuben from Bozeman
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

We loved Ongava lodge for the setting, the exceptional service, the great food and the animal activity at the waterhole below the open air dining room.

We liked seeing the lion pride with cubs eating a giraffe the the interplay. And the chance, albeit briefly, to see “wild” cheetah.

Guide was a bit disappointing however. Also our guide was not entirely credible, especially when he tried to tell us the stone tower at Okaukuejo was an ancient San prison!!

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Dr L & Family from Denmark
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge was expensive but lovely

Before entering Etosha through the Andersson Gate, we stayed at Ongava Lodge in Ongava Game Reserve. It is a lovely luxury lodge, located on a small cliff top overlooking the bush. The thatched cottages have unobstructed views of the game reserve and a local water hole. From our cabin we could see the animals coming and going from the watering hole. Just when we arrived there was a large giraffe, shortly after an elephant.

It is crazy to be able to watch the animals directly from our own private terrace - or the outdoor shower. There is no fence around the lodge and at night an armed guard follows one back to the cabin from to the living area / restaurant.

Ongava Lodge was an expensive and lovely place, though not a very personal lodge. The food and service did not quite live up to the high price. But with a location just outside Etosha's gate, that's probably the price you have to pay. We had a good time at this lodge

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Mrs C. from Crewkerne
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favourite place in Namibia!

This was our favourite camp in Namibia.
Beautiful, hugely spacious reception/eating area with several separate sitting areas with stunning views over the plains and watering hole.
Bedrooms were luxuriously enormous with an outdoor shower on the veranda - and fabulous indoor bathroom.
The food and service absolutely excellent and swimming pool was great - but the best bit was the hide overlooking the watering hole where you could go at dusk (with your glass of wine!) and quietly watch the animals come to drink.
We saw a rhino with her baby and giraffe with her baby - plus lots of plains game.
We had a brilliant game drive and saw an elephant, 2 lionesses with a kill, lots of rhino and plenty of plains game.
Wish we could have stayed longer.

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