Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 142 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 142 of our travellers who have visited Ongava Tented Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr V from Birmingham
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

This was a good experience, with impressive guiding. The private reserve is well managed and has a very good functioning ecosystem. Lion,elephant black and white rhino were encountered along with various antelopes such as hartebeast, kudu, springbok, impala, as well as zebra in the reserve. I also saw a caracal, which was slightly unusual
In Etosha, I was fortunate enough to have a good siting of honey badgers, and the drive also produced other animals.
The location of the camp with its own water hole is great; even saw a black rhino at the water hole as well as elephants.
I would stress that given it is a reserve, guiding has to be inventive, and my guide Sven, certainly was able to do so.

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Mr & Mrs L from Birmingham
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing

Our favourite place - being greeted by 2 giraffes at the watering hole when checking in was awesome and getting a 4am alarm call from a lion on our last morning is not something we’ll forget, even if we didn’t actually get to see one!

The attention to detail here was second to none & even though we didn’t do as well with the wildlife spotting we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Dr's W from Victoria
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Good accommodation; much wildlife; very informative and helpful guides.

Food good.

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Jane/Chris from crolles
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The most ecologically conscious lodge we saw

The drive into the Etosha park from this lodge gave us less than we had expected. The 2 drives into the Ogava wild reserve and the morning walk in the reserve were absolutely great.

Salomom did a great job in tracking the wild animals in the reserve; unfortunately he could not use his tracking skills in the Etosha park, because vehicles cannot leave the roads. Therefore staying in a private reserve was a definite plus.

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Mrs & Mr B from Canada
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

The lodge was booked for us originally, but with too many steps it would have been impossible for me.

Great company so they organised for us to go to tented camp. Great staff, friendly and helpful.

Good drives, lots to see, good food.

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Mrs G.& Mr H. from Moelln
Arrived on: 12-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best camp of the trip

We cannot complain about anything. Very friendly staff, they changed and repaired our flat tyre! A guide with knowledge and passion for his job. So we saw nearly every animal which lives in Ethosa.

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Mrs A & Mr M from London
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful game drives

After the Desert Rhino Camp, Ongava seemed a little more formal and, although small, guest dining was not communal which perhaps added to this perception of formality. Service and food were of a high standard (again no problem about my food intolerances) and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. The Tents were very well set up and equipped and it was a luxury to be able to catch up with the world after a few days without internet.

We were delighted to learn that Jason, our guide, had been trained by Enos (from Hoodia Lodge) so we knew we were in very good hands. We had three excellent game drives with Jason, two in the Ongava reserve and one in Etosha and in each drive Jason managed to lead us to lions, elephants and rhino (black and white).

One of the highlights of staying here is the waterhole so close to the communal areas so you see elephant, giraffe, white rhinos, and various buck at all times of the day and night.

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Mrs F. from Aylesbury
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Comfortable tents - very close to animals

Exciting to be in the bush, surrounded by wildlife. To hear the lions, we'd seen at the waterhole, roaring during the night as they wandered the camp was thrilling! We also saw a group of 9 white rhinos up very close several times as well as many lions.

A good guide, prepared to listen to what we wanted to see - he spent 3 hours trying to find us elephants but failed. Later that evening an enormous bull silently appeared at the waterhole while we were having supper. Just brilliant!

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Mr M & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dining/lounge area/pool overlooking waterhole

I was amazed to see giraffe at the water hole right in front of the reception area when we arrived. A variety of animals drank there during the day.

The large dining area overlooked the water hole but otherwise it didn't have much character. It was set out with separate tables and felt like a cafeteria.

The accommodation was fine.

We stayed at the camp for access to the Etosha National Park, which was like the Kruger National Park, where you had to stay on the road to see the animals, apart from two areas where there were large water holes. There were lots of animals there, and also lots of vehicles. Since our return home we have spoken to a number of friends who have been to Etosha and all of them were disappointed with their experience there, saying that it was a bit like a UK safari park.

The camp was situated in, or had access to, a large reserve with plenty of animals, and there our guide could drive wherever he wished. The scenery there was stunning, with long golden grass, trees and wild flowers, and with dark mountains in the background.

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Mr & Mrs E from Herts
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

A good camp and one of the best guides of the trip.

The trip to Etosha wasn't as good as the drives we had around the reserve. Etosha we thought was rather overrated.

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