Onguma Bush Camp

Reviews of Onguma Bush Camp

Excellent(93%) From 77 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 77 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 G from Alstonville
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 9-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient access to Etosha

Comfortable stay in very pleasant surroundings.

Easy access to Etosha and we even saw a lioness with a cub in Onguma's own grounds!

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Mrs F & Mr N from Surrey
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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More formal style camp

It was good to have non driving options - we did a bush walk and spent time in the excellent hide by a waterhole.

Service is more formal here and I am less comfortable with that but plus points were the enormous chalet and really good food and wine.

Dining area by a waterhole and a swimming pool here so quite relaxing after lots of driving in Etosha

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Mr R from Napier
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Onguma Bush Camp review

Could have spent longer here. So close to Etosha .

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Mr &a Mrs G from Ringwood
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful and relaxing setting

Great location just outside Etosha with its own small waterhole. The main area is built on a deck overlooking the waterhole with comfortable lounge seating in addition to the restaurant. A truly beautiful place to spend your time and watch the sun set. During the day we were able to relax around the pool which was adjacent to the waterhole. There was a game hide to view the animals at close quarters and in the evening before dinner we sat around the boma sharing experiences with other guests. There was also good wifi available.

The rondavels were a little on the small side but there was no reason to be in them other than to sleep so it wasn't uncomfortable. One evening there was no hot water as the gas heating system broke but this was repaired after a few hours.

The staff in the restaurant were fantastic and the chef the best. This food and its presentation was of five star standard.

The game drive and the safari walk we did in their own reserve was average. We wouldn't do the safari walk again as it was too 'tame' and not far enough to feel we had even stretched our legs. Compared to the vast Etosha the private reserve did feel quite small but since the camp is just outside the Etosha gates you really have the best of both.

We would stay here again without hesitation.

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Mr & Mrs P from Staffs
Arrived on: 23-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Outstanding Location.

Onguma Bush Camp is in a spectacular location overlooking a large water hole on the edge of Etosha. The camp`s management and staff do a marvellous job in looking after you, with superb standards of service. The camps décor is bold and modern.

The whole camp offers a very relaxed and spacious environment. The chalets are I feel very small inside, and offer limited private space outside in which to relax.

The food on offer was really very impressive ,and we enjoyed all the meals.

We also have two very good game drives, and were able to see a number of species for the first time on this year`s visit. Our guide helped make the drives even more interesting.

The only real issue was that you could not walk anywhere on your own within the camp site.

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