Reviews of Onguma Bush Camp
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Great night drive at Onguma
The Bradt guide says that Onguma is somewhat utilitarian and the budget option. It may not have the luxury of the tented camp but utilitarian it is not! The central dining and sitting area could not be more comfortable with wonderful views over the new water hole and the bush. The staff are excellent and sitting out on the wooden terrace as darkness drew in, eating top quality food was another experience not to be missed.
You never know what you may find on a night drive and although fairly quiet we had our first sight of a bush baby and a close up of two lions who did not want to get out of the way of the jeep and when they did just lay sleepily at the side of the road. Magical.
The water hole is new so we were warned that or did not attract much game. True but some interesting birds, dik dik, impala and giraffe came and on our last morning an elephant came crashing through the fence from Etosha and much to the surprise of he staff, who all got their cameras out, stopped for a drink!
However if the public areas were so good the same cannot be said of the sleeping quarters. There was a group there when we arrived so we may have been given the one of the last rooms available but my feeling was that like some hotels they give out the worst rooms first and if the guest doesn't complain at least they have got rid of them. There are four roundels close to the police areas that have really seen better days. They are dingy and not very clean and if there had been more people staying may have been a bit noisy. Perhaps we should have complained but by the time I realised that there was better and newer accommodation available we had unpacked and it was too late. We were not there to spend time in our room so made the best of it. I hope though that the management of Onguma do soon close these rooms as they do not do their reputation any good.
Having said that it is a place we can highly recommend and would gladly return some day.
A very attractive camp in a private reserve
Another small, very friendly, very efficient camp. We had the usual Namibian warm welcome. Our room was very comfortable, the food was excellent and the location of the dining area overlooking the water-hole was very attractive. The lounge was quite luxurious.
This camp is convenient for making trips into Etosha but one does lose about 45 minutes of game viewing at the beginning and end of each day due to the time it takes to drive from Onguma and Etosha and back. However we did find this camp to be a haven of peace and tranquility after the relatively busy Namutoni Area.
This was a good camp for us to stay at for our last two Etosha days as we had seen a great number of animals in the previous nine days and were getting more specific in looking for cheetahs and leopards but if it had been our only stay in Etosha we would have been disappointedas the number of animals in this part of Eastern Etosha was lower than we had seen from our previous camps further west. But we did see a leopard in a tree eating what appeared to be an impala- this was in the last hour of our last day in Etosha; so we had a good finale.
We can recommend this camp but bear in mind the location outside the main park.
Loved the peacefulness of Onguma
We arrived at Onguma hot and dusty after a fantastic day driving around eastern Etosha. We found the staff welcoming, and thoroughly appreciated the cool, minimalist interior of our room. I know that polished concrete floors are not to everyone's taste - but the decor suited us very well.
Also the communal rooms were lovely - simply decorated but with soft cushions and views over water which appeared to attract a good variety of birds.
We got close sightings of various antelope and birds from our room and found the whole experience of our one night at Onguma very restful.
The food and wine was some of the best we had on our trip.
Onguma Bush Camp review
Very relaxing. Annoying that they don't sell cigarettes !!!!! very comfortable, jolly nice staffRead more about the whole safari
Onguma Bush Camp - devoid of wildlife!
A beautiful camp on the fringes of Etosha, this place has recently been re-furbished and sadly animals are now rarely seen at the waterhole...it is a fantastic lodge/ waterhole design but loses its charm being devoid of animals.
We were dissapointed at this.
Food and service could have been better I'm afraid.
All in all the scene was set in a spectacular location but the key players just didn't turn up .
This would not be a place we'd go back to.
Great. Wish we had stayed longer
Gwynneth recommended Onguma Bush Camp as we could not get into Namutoni, but brilliant recommendation.We had two large rondavels at edge of camp, excellent facilities and large ,well equipped bathroom.
The evening meal was excellent as was the breakfast and the staff were very efficient and willing to please. great lounge area to relax and have a coffee after meal overlooking waterhole. Julia on reception anticipated and answered all our questions. Pity it was just an overnight stop.
A comfortable camp for eastern Etosha
This was another camp with very few guests. A delightful setting in front of a large and frequently visited waterhole, there was lots of comfortable seating from which to watch. Meals were very good and service excellent. The track to the eastern park gate is rough in places but we saw a lot of game on the way including a caracal at close quarters.
Our room was large, simply furnished and with comfortable beds. It being June, we didn't sample the swimming pool, right next to the waterhole.
Onguma Bush Camp review
And this is the budget option at Onguma!!?? It is an amazing place - to be honest, a bit chic for us. But we loved it all the same.
Very attentive service. Wonderfully warm welcome.
The guide-book said the rooms were 'spartan'. If this is spartan, I'll go for that every time!
Superb restaurant location overlooking the waterhole.
Beautiful lodge, excellent service
Onguma was absolutely lovely, and the service was top notch. The woman at reception was welcoming, informative, and warm. Mattheu and Max were incredibly helpful and knowledgable, providing incredible service and showing us wildlife.
The watering hole and overlooking deck were beautiful, and the rooms felt both comfortable and luxurious. We had such a wonderful time having drinks on the deck, observing wildlife as the sun set, and the food was excellent. Onguma is certainly on my list of places to return to, and I hope to see Mattheu and Max again!
Not as easy to find as we expected. Although we knew it was just outside the park gate there is no road sign. The brown sign pointing at the entrance gate is labelled for another lodge. The entrance gate does have Onguma on it but we were misled by the lack of sign and went several kilometres past before turing round and seeing a brown sign when we got back to the park gate. So no probs finding it if you are travelling from outside the park.
Waterhole is new and close to the camp so not well used, either because it is new or too noisy. It was great to eat meals and watch what game there was though.
No opportunity to drive around Onguma in your own vehicle so we used the camp as a base to explore the east of Etosha and went back into the park.