Onguma Etosha Aoba

Reviews of Onguma Etosha Aoba

Good(88%) From 29 travellers
Excellent
18
Good
6
Average
4
Poor
1
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 29 of our travellers who have visited Onguma Etosha Aoba, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Miss S from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Very good and comfortable

Very comfy and good food - more like a hotel than a game lodge but very enjoyable.

Waterhole activity was good and the guides were really good. Very pleasant staff

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Mr C & Mr A - London
Arrived on: 26-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Let down by poor service

We were disappointed by this lodge. Although it's in a lovely setting, from the moment we arrived it seemed that everything was too much trouble.

Over the Christmas break (when anyone should expect that it would be busy), there apparently weren't enough guides to allow us to do some of the activities that were clearly advertised as being available. We asked to speak to the Manager, who never contacted us.

Other staff also weren't welcoming, friendly or helpful. In comparison with all the other places we stayed, this was such a disappointment.

The accommodation was very nice, though simple. Comfortable beds and nice decor. The food was excellent and was certainly the highlight.

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Mr R and Mrs N - Northern Ireland
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

A jewel at Aoba

Being just outside the eastern gate, the Lodge is in a great location for visits into Etosha. I had not expected the amazingly pleasant surroundings in woodland. This was a contrast to the desert vistas enjoyed in Outpost and Desert Nawas.

The accommodation is superb with chalets in a setting in which birds, dik dik and kudu wander freely. The antelopes walk within metres of bedroom windows and tables in the restaurant. The food is of high quality and the staff first class. They, like those at Doro Nawas, sang briefly during the evening meal.

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Ms M & Mr N - New York
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Convenient base in a lovely setting

The rooms at Onguma are quite spread out which is nice is some ways but has its challenges - a bit of a long walk back to base but a very short drive!

Frankly we were not as impressed with the "Honeymoon suite" as we expected. There were some lovely touches - like the outdoor shower - but the indoor decor seemed like it was trying for a traditional safari look but with inconsistent elements - and basic amenities were lacking. The staff was nice but, again, seemed a bit less experienced as elsewhere - a bit thrown by relatively simple requests - not a tight team. Meals were OK

Unfortunately, the guide was the one weak guide we had in the entire trip. He warmed up a bit by the evening drive but was extremely distracted in the AM and almost a bit defensive. He seemed to be attending to his cell phone a lot and initiated little information. Most often, he offered minimal answers to questions in a fairly low voice. Not engaging at all for whatever reason - a stark contrast to every other drive we had.

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Mr & Mrs R - New York
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Onguma Etosha Aoba review

This was a lovely lodge and the staff was excellent. The food was beautifully prepared and served outside by candlelight.

One downside of staying outside the park is not being able to take night drives or view the lodge waterholes at night or in early morning but the staff packed us a great take away breakfast so that we could enter the park as soon as it opened. We took one sundowner drive into Fisher Pan and saw a spectacular sunset but otherwise the drive wasn't very interesting.

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Dr G & Mrs Y - Walton on Thames
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Peaceful and a beautiful location.

Our first intention was to stay at Namutoni but the camp was apparently fully booked 7 months before our visit so we had to stay at Aoba which is just outside Etosha Park.

We could have travelled into the Park from Aoba but the Lodge was so pleasant that we spent all our time at the Lodge. This suited us because we are keen on birdwatching.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

number 1 room too noisy!

Our first night spoiled by noisy guests around the pool and bar, manager put us in a quieter chalet on second day.
First meal was very poor from start to finish, but second night was ok.

We felt they were pushing the alchohol too much, clearly a profitable item. They even charged for coffee, even though it was not made clear that it was an extra after dinner (in many places incuded as free).

Access road needs attention, too many potholes.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Etosha Aoba Lodge review

Etosha Aoba is well located and is suited for an extended stay. Service was absolutely excellent and the facilities top class.

We truly appreciated the very warm welcome and all the efforts made by the staff to make our stay excellent. Highly recommended.

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Mrs T Mrs N - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 9-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good

Etosha Aoba Lodge review

Lovely setting. Excellent service and food. Every attention to detail. What a difference to the previous place.

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Mr & Mrs K - Laguna Beach
Arrived on: 3-May-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Etosha Aoba Lodge review

Best dinner of trip.

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