Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 119 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 119 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 A. from Horsham
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava

Ideal location for Etosha although the game drive was better at Ongava than in Etosha.

We saw lions being chased by black rhino then saw a white rhino. The water hole was interesting and well positioned to be able to watch what was happening there while we were eating.

Good accommodation.

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Paul & Nicky from Keswick
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

An absolute pleasure to stay here. You need to book well in advance; we could only get in for one night despite booking many months in advance.

An exciting, open camp, not for the faint hearted. We had lions very close to the tent and enjoyed having dinner watching two white rhinos at the camp waterhole. Excellent staff, outstanding tents with first class facilities and very good food. Out guide, Bono, was an absolute professional and of the highest calibre. We very much enjoyed the game drive on the Ongava Reserve which is so much more peaceful than Etosha.

We were taken on a game drive into Etosha, which although flush with game, it is also full to capacity with vehicles, large tour groups that are often noisy and we were disappointed with the atmosphere in Etosha. However, that is a personal view and it really reflects our desire for tranquility.

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Dr and Dr A - Cleveland, UK
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A terrific experience

We had a great three nights at Ongava. Situated just outside the Anderson gate, within its own reserve, we were treated to game drives both within Etosha (mornings) and on their own ground (afternoons).

We saw a huge number of animals - the radio contact between drivers within Etosha meant that we saw more than we would have on our own, including a fascinating encounter between lioness and jackels over a zebra carcass.

The camp is very comfortable, with the communal area looking out over a waterhole - we saw a beautiful giraffe drinking here at sunset. Food is excellent too.

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Mr P & Mrs E - Pelican Point Lodge
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

Very good, the only drawback is distance from the gate if you are visiting Etosha from here.

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Ms F. from Southampton
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

This was great accommodation and the guide was excellent.

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Mr & Mrs J. from London
Arrived on: 12-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Exciting Lion camp

Great game drives, with an excellent local guide.

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raedrian
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pleasant stay at Ongava Tented Camp

This resort had a unique character as the cabins and main buildings were very airy and the dining sitting area had a close view of a watering hole. This made for interesting game viewing from an easy chair with camera and beverage in hand. The game safaris in their own reserves surprised us with close sightings of Rhinos (rare blacks) and giraffes.

The safaris into Etosha were more challenging as there had been a lot of rain so the game was not as plentiful at the usual waterholes. Nevertheless, we saw about a dozen lions spread out over 3 locations along with other game.

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Mrs B. from Gabriola Island, Canada
Arrived on: 11-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Best stay of the trip

Everything here was wonderful, the rooms, food, service, activities, guides ....

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Mr K & Mrs J and Mr J & Mrs R - Scotland
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great accommodation marred by poor service

I should start by saying that the whole western end of Ongava just about needed flippers it was so wet.

This may have resulted in being sent off to Etosha for our whole day at Ongava, which in the middle of the wet season was predictably unproductive (bar a couple of good birds and 1000 springbok). Judging by the size of the car park at Okaukuejo game viewing in the high season is going to be shared with an awful lot of people.

Side tracks in Ongava remained virtually unusable throuhout.

Our guide liked driving (a bad sign in my books) but was keen to deliver results, which thanks to a crackling radio he finally did on our second morning, surprising a rhino which promptly shot off into the bushes and then some young lions trying to hunt out in the open.

But 'wild' it isn't. Ongava is pretty small and my impression is of a high density of visitors. First of all there's the crackling radio. Then there's the hype: armed guard within the close camp precincts and a briefing prior to a hoped for walk to see rhino (which we never found) which stressed 'my 375 magnum' and 'if I shoot, I shoot to kill', etc. This may impress some, but it's over the top, as is the two page indemnity (see Doro Nawas).

The tented accommodation was gorgeous and having a personal 4 by 4 and guide equally good, but the staffing was not on the ball and the food was frankly dire at this price point.

Frankly, it's not recommended.

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Mr J. from BIggar
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good but overpriced

Seemed hard to justify £225 per head per night more than the cost of Anderssons Camp when owned by the same people and access to exactly the same reserve.

OK we were in a brand new Toyota and Anderssons may have had older vehicles. We had three game drives and one walk. Loud radio in the vehicle detracted from the wild experience.

Chasing rhinos unsuccessfully on our first evening a bit of a flop. Eventually saw one white rhino briefly because we had disturbed it and it promptly ran off. Good game drive on our last morning with sightings of lions very close.

Guide had good knowledge of birds but I hated the radio.

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