Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 78 travellers
Excellent
56
Good
16
Average
3
Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 78 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 G & Ms T - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ongava Tented Camp review

Guide was very lazy, irritating and frankly poor!!

Food ok?

No soul or feeling of management.

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Ms A - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Amazing, Incredible

I had 4 fantastic nights at the camp, spending time in both Ongava Reserve and Etosha National Park. As I stayed several nights, I was able to spend a full day in Etosha, as well as a half-day. Each area produced quite different expereinces, but I enjoyed both areas equally. Gerda and her husband Paul were great hosts and really contributed to making it a most enjoyable stay.

The waterhole at camp is a definite bonus, attracting lots of visitors, including white rhino. And we frequently observed lions around camp at night.

Ongava is definitely the place to see lions. During our game drives we had several close up sightlngs; the lions were extremely intrigued by our vehicle and wandered right up to the vehicle for a closer inspection!

My guide Leon, was excellent. He was extremely patient, frequently stopping to observe even the commonest of animals, and he patiently waited as I photographed every antelope from every angle! We also stopped to observe the birds, and the small creatures were not overlooked - I was delighted to find a chameleon.

The absolute highlight was seeing black rhino mating in daylight in Etosha. We had just arrived at Ombika waterhole just inside the entrance gate, and looked on as a black rhino wandered off into the distance. The other vehicles started to leave and I thought that was all I would see of the rhino. But how wrong was I. Two more rhinos quickly came into view and what a show we had! It was incredible, we were so unbelievably lucky.

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Mr D & Mrs Martina - Switzerland
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Ongava Tented Camp review

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Ongava Tented Camp review

A fabulous tent with a view of the busy waterhole, frequented not only by game but also by lion. Our guide, Festus, was great, he found us rhino plus baby and a cheetah with a recent kill. Welcoming staff who joined us for meals and group drinks around a fire. Nothing was too much trouble - I want to live here (Mike).

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Mr and Mrs H -Belgium
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Ongava

We had a good time here. Staff were very friendly and the room was big and well appointed. We had a great time on our drives around the area. We saw a lionness and her four cubs (very cute) and we even had the opportunity to approach a couple of rhino on foot!

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Mr and Mrs H -Belgium
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Ongava- lions, rhino and great guiding

We had a good time here. Staff were very friendly and the room was big and well appointed. We had a great time on our drives around the area. We saw a lionness and her four cubs (very cute) and we even had the opportunity to approach a couple of rhino on foot!

I celebrated my birthday here and that was lovely. The staff brought out a cake and there was plenty of singing and dancing. A really nice personal touch!

The only downside that I have to mention was that for one night during our stay we were joined by a loud group of young travel agents (I must say none from Expert Africa). Unfortunately, they had no concern for paying guests (nor, does it seem, much for their lovely hosts at Ongava who were trying to make them as comfortable as possible) and dominated the dinner table by being loud and kept us up late into the evening around the fire (our tent was the closest to the fire/main area of the camp). We mentioned this to the Ongava staff, but of course the behaviour of others is something that they have little control over. I was relieved when the left the next day. We were meant to move onwards to Ongava Lodge and when I heard that the travel agents had also moved there I asked if we could stay instead at the tented camp. Thankfully, they accommodated us.

On the whole, a positive experience.

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Mr & Mrs M from Portugal
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Ongava Tented Camp review

Great camp, wonderful hospitality, game drives were exceptional, our bush guide had so much patience and paid rewards 3 week old lions with mother plus many other sighting.

The bush camp "feeling" was a little too much when enjoying our evening meal and swams of insects invaded each night..

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers travelled to Namibia in January which is during the rainy season. Unfortunaltey at this time of the year there can be an increase in number of insects around.

Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Lions, Lions and Lions

The camp has been upgraded in the Wilderness style but has not lost to much of its bush camp feel.

The staff were excellent and we were made to feel very welcome. We had lion in camp for most of the time we were there and had other excellent sightings away from the camp.

The resident porcupine also made dinner a memorableable event.

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Ms R & Mr B from Switzerland
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Ongava Tented Camp review

The tents are well appointed and very clean, but unacceptably close to each other affording little or no privacy. There is also very little shade making the camp almost unbearable during the afternoon siesta. There is a pool, but it didn't look too clean. The food varied between ok and dreadful - undercooked chicken and nearly raw sausages for example.

In the camp's favour it must be said that the water hole is very close to the camp and presented excellent photo opportunities.

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Expert Africa comments

Wilderness Safaris, the owners of Ongava Tented Camp, have looked into the issues raised by these travellers, as they were both surprised and disappointed that guests did not enjoy their stay here.

They are sorry that these guests found the pool to be dirty during their stay. Wilderness explained that regrettably whilst every attempt is made to keep the pool clean, that week was particularly windy and leaves etc kept blowing into the pool. They would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this caused.

The managers at Ongava Tented Camp have also addressed the poor quality of the food with the chef, and want to sincerely apologise if guest were disappointed by the food offered - it's the first time in a while they (and us at Expert Africa) have received such disappointing feedback on Ongava Tented Camp. However, Wilderness would like to assure these travellers (and us) that their concession manager has taken this very seriously and will be looking further into the quality of the food.

Ms H & Mrs J from London
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Best veranda at Ongava Tented Camp

Arrived by car mid in the mid-afternoon heat and were taken to our tented room which directly overlooked the waterhole a very short distance away, where lions were monopolising it from a waiting throng of water buck, zebra, springbok, kudu, etc. etc. There was coming and going to the waterhole by all animals throughout the day and night - a great spot.

Very attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere despite the proximity to lion. Etosha heaving with wildlife - note that the drive to Etosha passes through Okaukuejo where there is a large shop and post office, so take some money (we didn't as were not told shops would be en route).

No mosquitos.

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