Onguma Bush Camp

Reviews of Onguma Bush Camp

Excellent(93%) From 72 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 72 of our travellers who have visited Onguma Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr R & Mrs S from Southsea
Arrived on: 17-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Slightly Disappointing

This Lodge was pleasant but we had a few problems.
The lodge and facilities were Tired.
Dusty room...flies on window-sills and dust on tops of bedside light bulbs.
Some Sun-bed mattresses ripped along top.
Towels on sun-beds not cleared away (@ 19:00)...eventually done at 19:10 but the beds weren’t put straight.
1 Sun-bed frame rusted through.
No shower hot water day 1. Eventually fixed.
Requested a specific table for dinner but it didn’t happen...
There doesn’t appear to be anyone on the case to maintain and improve standards
Apart from Mercia, the duty manager, there do not appear to be any other women workers! So no feminine touch.

Of the 4 lodges we stayed at, this was our least favourite although the restaurant and food were very good. My wife went for a Spa Treatment at ‘The Fort’, also part of the Onguma complex and this was on a better and higher level.

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M B &C from S Cheshire
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Onguma Bush Camp

Book early. We traveled as a party of 3 and were unable to get a triple room so ended with 2 rooms on this night.

Bush camp is absolutely fine and we found the bar restaurant area overlooking the waterhole a very pleasant place to enjoy the end of the day, Rooms were well maintained but without minibars / fridges and quite compact. Service was good.

Access to the Onguma site is on a gravel road we though could do with some maintenance.

It was fun to see wildlife at the waterhole adjacent to the camp.

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Mr & Mrs Braddock from UK
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Onguma Bush Camp

Just outside the eastern exit to Etosha in its own game reserve, this camp is luxurious!

Beautiful, spacious well appointed individual chalets. A great restaurant and lounge area overlooking its own waterhole. This is 5 star safari experience!!!

Very helpful and friendly staff. We went on the sundowner tour and the guide knew exactly where to find a pride of lions - we were up close and personal for quite a long magical time. And then off to a quiet open location where we could get out of the truck and enjoy a drink as we witnessed the beautiful setting sun!!!

Excellent food, friendly, helpful staff in beautiful surroundings - can't ask for more than that!!!!

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C & D from Woking/Brighton
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Fantastic camp in a beautiful setting

After a long drive it was a treat to arrive and be given a cool drink while we checked in.

Our waterhole view room was spacious and beautifully decorated. Drinks round the camp fire and the cosy lounge above the waterhole made for relaxing evenings, and the African Tales bedtime story on the pillow was a lovely touch.

The early morning bush walk in the reserve is great way to start the day before taking yourself into Etosha.

The camp staff were incredibly kind, polite and we really enjoyed staying at Onguma!

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Mrs & Mr R from Australia
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

A well located stopover camp

After a full day driving ourselves in the Etosha Park this was a good stopover on our way back to Windhoek. It would be a good option for day trips into the park as it is very close to the park. The shared area and pool are situated near a waterhole but we did not see any animals coming to drink. It was very pleasant eating good food and watching the sun go down.

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Mr G from Alstonville
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Close base for Etosha visits

Base for day trips to Eastern side of Etosha Park (none of which we did). Pleasant location, but with little wildlife near the lodge.

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CathyO from Glasgow
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Nice accommodation and handy for etosha

Very little activity at the waterhole but a secluded and restful place to stay with friendly helpful staff and good food.

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Good time at Onguma

We had a lovely room connected to the souvenir shop. The gardens are very nice and have a lot seed pods for the kids to collect.

The food was very good. Our son also really like the 'play room'.

Being outside the park is slightly inconvenient with small children as you have to cut your gamedrives at bit short to be at the lodge at a sensible time (for the kids).

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Mr K from Maidstone
Arrived on: 21-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Onguma Bush Camp

One night only so took opportunity to relax, swim and watch the waterhole.

Excellent dinner and breakfast and good service and facilities

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Mr & Mrs B from Colorado
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Mixed Feelings about Onguma

We spent 2 nights at the Onguma Bush Camp. The property is the closest to Etosha on the Eastern side. Be aware that the road into the Bush Camp is quite long and it can take 15 minutes from the entrance of Onguma to get to the actual camp, even though it is immediately next to the Etosha gate. The rooms are very nice and also air conditioned, which is unusual to find! If you get a waterhole view room, you will be outside the gate in the open/unfenced area. We were a bit disappointed that the 1st night they neglected to light the walkway lanterns in this area and we had to use our cell phones for light to find our room, when you are exposed to potential predators at night.The 2nd night they did remember to light these. We were able to wake up and enjoy the view of springbok and impala at the waterhole. The food was good and they were able to accommodate my vegetarian needs.

The negatives– compared to every other lodge we stayed at in Namibia, the service was just not very friendly or welcoming. I was first to say hello or good morning to most of the staff, unlike other lodges which overwhelm you with their friendliness and smiles. They did their jobs well and were attentive and efficient (for example, one waiter noticed that our table was wobbling and quickly came over and fixed it) but the "feel" was just not the best. The lodge/dinner area is beautiful but there is the sense that you are not really welcome to hang out there. At 9pm, it seemed the staff was eager to put out the candles and get everyone to bed. Guests should be encouraged to enjoy the bar and beautiful lodge!

The highlight of the lodge, which is the one reason Onguma gets 4 stars instead of 3, is their hide. As a photographer, the hide by the waterhole is an incredible experience. It is amazing to spend time there waiting to see which animals will approach the waterhole–we had a couple of incredible surprises! Getting those low-angle shots is a very special experience and a real asset.

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