Reviews of Onguma Etosha Aoba
Wildlife sightings and reviews
32 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Onguma Etosha Aoba and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Etosha Aoba comfort"
We enjoyed dinner in a boma with other guests from a set menu with traditional singing from staff at the end of the meal. Although checking out next day because of availability we were able to take a morning game drive in Etosha NP which was very well guided. Expert Africa note that many guests self drive in the Park which we also did but a guide offered insights and less familiar views, like a family of cheetahs, which we would probably not have experienced on our own.
Our initial reception was a little brusque but later staff contact was fine; after our game drive we were able to enjoy the setting and lunch with almost nobody else around and felt - and were - in a comfortable location very much in the bush" See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia
"Onguma Etosha Aoba review"
The food was well cooked, presented and served in very impressive surroundings.
Our room was comfortable and the communal areas inviting. We didn't do any activities based around the lodge itself (choosing to spend our time in the Etosha National Park) but spotted the animals noted below during our drive through the Onguma grounds. Did dik also visited the waterhole overlooked by the dining terrace.
Although it was brief we enjoyed our stay here very much." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana
"Etosha Aoba and Walking Safari"
"Very good and comfortable"
Waterhole activity was good and the guides were really good. Very pleasant staff" See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Let down by poor service"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"A jewel at Aoba"
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." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Convenient base in a lovely setting"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Onguma Etosha Aoba review"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Peaceful and a beautiful location."
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." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
"number 1 room too noisy!"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
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