Ongava Tented Camp

Reviews of Ongava Tented Camp

Excellent(92%) From 81 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 81 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.
Mrs and Mr C - Toronto
Arrived on: 15-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

This camp was remote - a long drive in from the road - but well worth the drive. It was beautifully situated on its own reserve just outside Etosha. The tent was great - attractive, well-secured which felt necessary, and comfortable, with views over the watering hole.

On our first full day the lions moved into camp as their hunting ground and we became very aware of safety -escorted from our room both day and night to the dining area ,viewing patio and cars. Animals flocked to the hole until the lions appeared. 3 females and a large male drank 40 feet from us, and stalked their prey, day and night around us - they were stunning and very loud at night, right around our tents. I met a 7 ft male kudu on the path outside our tent, accompanied by two females, startled off by the lions.

The staff were very good, the meals delicious and guides excellant. we visited Etosha with our guide,as well as Ongava reserve, seeing rhinos, 2 types of zebra and all the regulars: springbok, warthogs, wildebeest, giraffes, etc etc! A great camp but not for the faint of heart.

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Mr & Mrs F - Kent
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great time at Ongava Tented Camp

We didn't want to leave Ongava tented Camp, we had a wonderful time there.

Everything about the camp was excellent, The rooms were very comfortable and clean, the food was delicious ( I'm sure my waist expanded whilst there) and the game drives were exciting, we were very sad to leave.

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Ms T & Mr B - France
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Ongava Tented Camp review

The camp was not what we expected and not to our taste. That said, the staff were very helpful and accommodating. Please see previous emails for more detail.

Mushara Lodge, on the other hand, was super.

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Mr G & Ms T - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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
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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
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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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.