Ongava Lodge

Reviews of Ongava Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 138 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 138 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 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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Ms G from London
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Location next to a watering hole was amazing. we saw rhinos and lions here in the evening and heard lions roaring throughout the night. The Ongava reserve safari was also amazing as we got pretty close to lions and elephants. The trip the next morning to Etosha we probably could have skipped as it was quite long and we were going to Etosha anyway. Probably would have preferred another the shorter tours round Ongava. Overall fantastic place and service.

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Linda & Paul from UK
Arrived on: 15-May-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Top class lodge in every respect

A memorable location to stay and the outdoor dining experience here is very special.

Received an extremely warm, enthusiastic and professional welcome from Bradley (the manager).

Within an hour of our arrival we were viewing a family of white rhino just a few metres away!

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Mr & Mrs N from Queensland
Arrived on: 5-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Lodge review

Ongava was generally great, but for such an expensive lodge the food was disappointing.

The addition of walking trails would be fantastic

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Mr P & Mrs L from Uk
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Lodge

One of the best lodges we've been to in Africa and a fantastic location overlooking a floodlit waterhole on the plain below.

Would be a super spot in the dry season!

Very handy for Anderson's Gate into Etosha.

Lovely room with al fresco shower an option.

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M & E from UK
Arrived on: 17-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful place

We really liked Ongava and as per Wolwedans we really appreciated the back story and the conservation message that went along with the creation of the game reserve. I think this is is important for all the lodges offered by Expert to know how/what the lodge is contributing to either conservation, the community or the conservancy.

The hide down at the waterhole in Ongava Lodge probably gave us the most intimate wildlife experience of our entire trip and we felt was undersold - its incredible to get that close to rhinos!

We organized all our own safaris into Etosha so can't comment on the game drives/excursions.

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The G's from London
Arrived on: 10-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely

A perfect place to stay on the edge of Etosha Park.

Food the first night could have been better, not much choice really, but once we spoke to Bernice the Manager things improved as we ordered some dishes which the chef prepared specially for us.

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