Onguma Tree Top Camp

Onguma Tree Top Camp: Our full report

Rooms
4 tented rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (98%) From 24 reviews
Children
Best for 16+
Open
All year

Situated on the 340km2 Onguma Reserve, just outside the eastern gate into Etosha National Park, Onguma Tree Top Camp is in an ideal location for visiting Namibia’s flagship wildlife park. It is a small and intimate camp with only four tents, each raised on stilts amongst the trees, and has a real bush feel to it.

Onguma Tree Top is the most remote camp on the Onguma Reserve, which it shares with its four sister camps, Onguma Bush Camp , Onguma Tented Camp , Onguma The Fort and Onguma Etosha Aoba .

Tree Top has just four tented rooms, each overlooking the floodlit waterhole in front of camp. Constructed of canvas under a thatched roof, these can be partially opened at the front for a real wilderness feel, or a canvas screen can be rolled down for privacy. The rooms are raised high above the ground, so at night you may hear animals moving around below.

When we last visited, in March 2017, we felt that inspiration for the décor had clearly been taken from nature, with browns and greens balanced by fresh white linen. The bed is surrounded by a mosquito net, and a set of shelves houses a safe, hairdryer, mosquito repellent, air horn (for emergencies) and a dressing gown and slippers.

The en-suite bathroom forms part of the bedroom, with a basin to the side of the bedroom, and the toilet behind a door in one corner. The open-air shower, with a semicircular metal screen, is just outside on the deck, although it is well-screened from the other tents and offers complete privacy. At night, a shower under the stars is a memorable experience

Each room has a spacious private balcony where a couple of leather chairs look out towards the waterhole. This is visited by a variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, lion and many different types of antelope, with jackals and hyena often spotted here in the evening. And as the waterhole is visible from the shower, you can even watch game while having a wash.

Connected to the rooms by raised wooden walkways is the main area, which also has views over the waterhole. The dining area, where meals are enjoyed around a communal table, adjoins an open-plan interactive kitchen where guests are encouraged to chat to the chefs while they cook your meal. The comfortable lounge has a central wood-burning stove and a cabinet housing the bar.

Outside on the deck is an open-air seating area with a small firepit – a great place to watch visitors at the waterhole in the evening with a glass of wine. The staff are very attentive and helpful, and will often have a friendly chat with guests at dinner and over drinks.

Activities from Onguma Tree Top include guided morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park (including drinks), as well as sundowner drives and guided walks on the Onguma Reserve. The camp is also well placed for visitors to drive themselves around the national park.

Our view

The peace and privacy of Onguma Tree Top Camp make it a great spot for a group of friends or a family looking for a more private place to stay. Its remote location, excellent service and wonderful bush feel should attract those with a sense of adventure who want to get a little closer to the wilderness.

Geographics

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights

Directions: Onguma Tree Top Camp is located just outside Etosha National Park's western gate, on the Onguma Reserve. Onguma has its own airstrip for guests who are flying in.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Visions of Africa

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: On our most recent visit in March 2017 we did not stay for any meals, but on a previous visit the food was delicious and cooked to a very high standard.

As well as a breakfast buffet, there is the option of a hot meal being cooked to order in front of you.

Guests may opt either for a light lunch served at the camp or a picnic lunch to take with them into the national park.

Dinner is a delicious three-course set meal. On our last stay, the banana and rum mousse for dessert was a particular highlight – it even came with a personalised message written in chocolate on the top!

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: Drinks are not included. The water is considered safe to drink.

Further dining info: No

Children

Attitude towards children: Onguma Tree Top Camp does not accept children under 12.

Property’s age restrictions: The high walkways with few barriers and nearby game mean that no children under 12 are accepted here.

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: None

Notes: Due to the high walkways and decks, children must be supervised by their parents at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: The camp has a back-up generator in case of a power failure.

Communications: There is free WiFi throughout the property.

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: The bathrooms are plumbed, with hot and cold water and flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb but there is a basic first aid kit on site.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There is a guard on the gate to the Onguma Reserve but not at the camp itself.

Fire safety: A fire extinguisher is located in each room and in the main area.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Laundry is sent to Onguma Bush Camp so can take a while (24 hours) to be returned to the guest. For guests staying on a half-board basis, laundry will cost extra.

Money: There are safes in each of the rooms.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted as well as cash in US dollars, Namibian dollars or South African rand.

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