Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 134 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 134 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 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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Mrs E. from Exeter
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Lodge

On arrival after a long drive we looked at the steps with some trepidation!

However, it’s definitely worth the effort as it is spectacularly location.

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Mr D. from Egham
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Ongava has a great location, just outside the South gate to access Etosha. The Lodge is on a hillside overlooking a small waterhole with the rooms spread out in a semi circle from the main building. The location is excellent and the elevated view of the waterhole means you can see a number of animals from the main lodge and your room, depending upon where you are located. The rooms are fine but in need of a little up-dating.

The waterhole has a hide which enables you to get up close to the animals and is a real highlight of Ongava Lodge. We went out on one tour in Ongava's own reserve. This was quite good and included the opportunity to walk close to a White Rhino. Each evening both Black and White Rhino came to the waterhole and we understand it is unique to Ongava to see this. We also visited Etosha on our own which is very easy to do.

The only downside was the service. Our welcome was not very useful and told us very little and apart from one or two exceptions at dinner the staff didn't seem as though they wanted to provide much help. However, I wouldn't let this put you off as the other aspects made up for it. (They also provide wine free with the evening meal)

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J and M from Ightham
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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lovely lodge with great watering hole view

Beatuiful setting and lovely lodges. Being able to view a watering hole at night from a height while eating dinner was excellent. Slightly disappointed that there was no walking safari available when I asked us the game drive was very good. My husband was ill on our first night so I had to eat alone, it seemed that I didn’t receive as good service as I did the following night when he was with me.

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Mr and Mrs RB from Bristol
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent camp just outside Etosha gate

Very good camp immediately outside the Anderson gate of Etosha, inside private reserve. Lovely views over the reserve, with water hole which attracted 3 white rhinos every night we were there, as well as oryx and other antelopes.

The good thing about here is that you can spend time on the private reserve as well as in Etosha itself. We took a guided drive on the reserve on our first afternoon, seeing white rhino, lions, and giraffe. For the next 2 days we drove ourselves around Etosha, which was easy. We saw many animals - lion, elephant, giraffe, ostrich, leopard. We did not think it worthwhile going on a lodge trip into Etosha, as driving oneself gave more freedom ( and less dust ! ).

My wildlife report below includes both the reserve and Etosha.

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Mr S. from Northampton
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Almost perfect

Everything about this place was great

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D & K from Texas
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Waterhole is great for animal viewing

Ongava Lodge is very picturesque. The common area and the chalets are located on a hill overlooking a private reserve and a man-made waterhole.

The waterhole had animals coming and going throughout the day and night, including black and white rhino, lions, giraffe, zebra, kudu, oryx and many more. The photographic hide allowed us to see the animals up close and get some incredible photos. Game drives on the reserve were great. The large private reserve has a large and diverse collection of wildlife but without large crowds. One highlight was watching half a dozen male elephants swimming and playing/fighting with one another in a deep water hole.

We felt that the game drive experience in Etosha Park was inferior to driving in the reserve because of the large number of vehicles and other visitors you must share most of your experiences with.

Our chalet was large and comfortable and had a large porch overlooking the waterhole (which was also visible from a large window above the bathroom sink). It was great to watch zebras and kudu walking in front of our chalet as we brushed our teeth. The food was excellent and the dining deck is perched on a hill overlooking the reserve and the watering hole.

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Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava lodge review

A lovely quiet camp

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