Onguma The Fort

Reviews of Onguma The Fort

Excellent(93%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 of our travellers who have visited Onguma The Fort, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr D & Mrs C - Nam late April /May
Arrived on: 8-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

Spectacular rooms and main hotel. But you have to be driven by golf cart to and from your room each time.

Very efficient but slightly frustrating to get so little exercise.

Quite a long drive (30-40 minutes)to actually get into the main park for each excursion.

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Ms M. from Canmore
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

We stayed here because nothing else was available.

It is too opulent for my comfort level, but, if you want to splurge, it is a good place. There was a lot of activity at the water hole which was clearly visible from the restaurant and our room.

We spent most of 1 day viewing from our deck rather than go back into Etosha Park.

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Mr R & Mrs M - Cape Namibia and Bots
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma

Beautifully designed place but rather incongruous in the surroundings. Rather too "flash" for Etosha!

Outstanding guide, David, took us for a game drive where we saw cheetah.
The next morning, we had a short but enjoyable walk.

Some kind of railing is needed around the outside deck of the main building.
Someone fell 10 feet off the deck.

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Mrs & Mr A - Western Australia
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

Wow, this is a beautiful lodge. Its location just outside the Etosha Namutoni gate is ideal. The rooms are beautiful with great views, ours looked out to the water hole.
The main lodge meals area is fantastic for a sundowner drink followed by the beautiful meals prepared by the chefs.

The staff were excellent all throughout the lodge.

The game drive into Etosha was great and our guide Armstrong was very knowledgeable and fun.

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Mark and Kat
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

Onguma The Fort and Etosha

The Fort was lovely, and the setting and layout was a particular treat. The dinner terrace that overlooked a view that could only be described as 'raw Africa' was one of the best of the trip. And that side of Etosha was really fantastic in terms of scenery and wildlife. And staying at The Fort made the park very accessible.

The one criticism of The Fort was the checkout procedure was a bit chaotic and they seemed somewhat understaffed.

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Expedition flag
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fancifal 1%-er accommodation

Each suite was a mini oasis that opened out into the bush; view from the roof of the main building was amazing; pools had beautiful views; half board included breakfast, dinner, and 1 small bottle of water per person per day; the welcome process was a bit confusing in terms of pricing of activities and what was included in our reservation; guided tours of Etosha and the Onguma Reserve felt like speed dating-guides relied heavily on radio'd tips from other guides rather than tracking.

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Mr & Mrs W. from London
Arrived on: 13-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful and stylish stay

Really beautiful location with very nicely done rooms and communal areas just next to Etosha. Overall, very good and friendly service and we enjoyed having a drink in the pool.

One small note: They do attract a lot of bugs at night (contrary to any other place we stayed at) making it less comfortable to sit outside

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I&C from UK
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

Excellent location and food. High quality rooms and service.

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Mr & Mrs P from Maidstone
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

Typically excellent private lodge reception and service. A very luxurious, enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Not much game compared to Etosha so best to stay here after you've been saturated with game viewing for a few days to relax and enjoy the beautiful lodge and surroundings.

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Mr & Mrs R from Basingstoke
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great stay at The Fort

Our second stay The Fort, having previously spent a night there in 2008 on a Wild About Africa trip. This time, we stayed for 3 nights.

Some people find the "moroccan" styling of the Fort and the "mini-Forts" incongruous in Namibia. However it works - providing stylish and cool accommodation in a superb location overlooking Fischers Pan.

We had our own guide with us, who took us into Etosha for several activities. The eastern end of Etosha seems to be more productive that the central area for game viewiing and we had excellent daytime sightings of lions, rhinos and elephants. The heavy rains earlier this year meant that there was still water in the Etosha Pan, which gave the whole area a different perpsective.

We went on the Night Drive and the Sundown Drive on the Onguma Reserve. The former was somewhat cursory, although we did see some bush-babies and a tortoise that apparentl shoudl have been hibernatiing, with the guide (Rector) seemingly being mainly interested in getting to an area where lions had been seen a couple of days earlier. The Sundown Drive also failed to find any of the big Onguma animals but Previous was an engaging and hardworking guide who poured a good G&T!

Meals at The Fort remain absolutely superb and would grace any 5-star city hotel. WE we delighted to find that Chef Immanuel is still there - he is an engaging man who takes great delight is describing the menu to the diners as well as leading the staff in singing after dinner on some evenings. It will be a massive loss to The Fort when Immanuel leaves shortly (apparently he is goig to a Kempinski property - we didn't find out which one, although it is not the neighbouring Mokuti).

The facilities remain excellent at the Fort, although there were some signs of slippages in service:
- on one day, we did not receive any hand towels, and it took 2 requests to staff to get some
- a waiter spilt a glass of beer down my wife's back (by accident!): although the staff were quick to clear the spillage and broken glass and to drive my wife back to our room to change, there was no offer to launder the soaked clothes (although admittedly, given the 2 day laundry service, that might have been difficult to deliver)
- the room book advises against drinking tap water but the only drinking water provided is for purcahse from the mini-bar. I cannot be sure but I recall that water was provided in the rooms on our previous visit.
The mamagers, Bronwen and Josef, were not there during our stay (Newman was in charge), so it is possible that the first two at least were temporary blips.

The Fort at Onguma Plains remains a spectacular and comfortable base from which to explore Etosha. However, given the increased competition at the top end of the market, it needs to avoid complacency. Whoever follows Immanuel as chef has a big act to follow!

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