Onguma The Fort

Reviews of Onguma The Fort

Excellent(93%) From 26 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 26 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.
namibia
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Onguma The Fort review

The Fort was excellent.

Unfortunately we were only there for one night.

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Ms A & Mr M - Nigeria Lagos
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful location to spend our anniversary.

We spent two nights at this location for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Onguma The Fort is located in easy proximity to Etosha's s Eastern gate, and as we were arriving from Ongave this was an enjoyable drive across the Park. We received a warm welcome and introduction to the lodge before arriving at our room.

There was a small nicely stocked gift shop in the lobby entrance. Wi-fi did not really work in our room but was useable in the communal areas. Despite a request that devices are kept to a minimum we did unfortunately have to listen to somebody,s very loud conversation early one evening which clearly annoyed other people as well but was completely oblivious to the person on the phone, plus another person who was very clearly a personal tour guide loudly arranging activities for his clients for the following day.

Guests are taken to and from their rooms by gold buggy however there is parking outside of your room which makes for easy loading and unloading of your car. There is a telephone in the room to call for the gold buggy and this was always very quick.

We loved the spaciousness, bright decor and facilities in our room. It would have been lovely to have sat and lit the fire however it was too warm at the time we visited, although its fair to say we would have welcomed a fire in our room in certain other locations we stayed in. The terrace and oversized sun loungers were great and perfect for relaxing and watching the endless parade of wildlife wandering by.

We enjoyed the peace, nature of the stylish design so different from other places we had stayed but somehow it merged with environment very well, the simple lines and bright fabrics.

We did not use the pool although it was very nicely appointed as were the communal areas and dining terrace overlooking the waterhole. Evening dining was beautiful with immaculately laid tables and very well presented and good food. Unfortunately the first night service was very sporadic and our waiter was very unsure of exactly what was being served despite reading the menu to us, and they had a problem with their ice making machine which obviously can happen, however this meant that cooling white wine was impossible.

We were not the only guests requesting ice and according to the Manager it would seem that between the various other properties the guides when going out for sundowners had emptied all available ice into their large cool boxes. Eventually the Manager secured us a cold bottle of wine and all was resolved to our satisfaction. For us it is not that the problem occurs but how it is resolved that is what you remember. The second night service at dinner was seamless, so perhaps they just had a trying night the previous evening.

We took an afternoon game drive and sundowner which was nice, we did not see so much large wildlife however we had seen ample exploring Etosha so it was nice to learn more about smaller species, bird and flora and fauna.

Onguma The Fort has quite a formal feel but is of a very high standard and an immaculate thoughtful and unobtrusive property and we enjoyed our relaxation there.

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Mr A. from Glasgow
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Onguma

The main building and lodges are stunning and we enjoyed our stay here. With so much wildlife about the hotel don't allow you to walk back and forth from your lodge on your own day or evening which was a bit unusual. Many places don't like you walking in the evening but this was the only place with a daytime curfew also.

The game drives were not very exciting and expensive. Possibly geared more to a gentle wildlife experience, than really searching out the animals. . If we'd known how easy it was to navigate to the water holes in Etosha Park we would have taken our own vehicle for at least one of the drives.

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Mr and Mrs L from Brighton
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A beautiful room

This was a beautiful and luxurious place to stay with probably the best food on our trip. We had our own private riad with a view of the watering hole. The room was amazing with a fire and large separate bathroom.
There was less wildlife to see here so if visiting again we would probably just dry into Etosha and not do the activities although they were good value.

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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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