Ongava lodge

Ongava Lodge is situated on the 35,000ha Ongava Private Game Reserve which shares a common border with Etosha National Park. This location makes it a perfect destination in it's own right and self-drive tourists can use Ongava as a base for day trips into Etosha. An added advantage over the park is that walking safaris and night drives are conducted on Ongava's own private game reserve.

The lodge is set close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains and 2 productive waterholes below. Many of Ongava's guests take advantage of the abundant Namibian wildlife and beautiful location and stay for 2 or 3 nights. The lodge is ideal for those on a fly-drive itinerary around Namibia, and offers excellent facilities and activities.

All of the 12 chalets have been attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, bath, shower and double hand basins. Air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets fitted to the windows, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe are standard. Glass fronted doors lead you onto a private, covered verandah, overlooking the bush.

Outdoor dining under the stars, whilst viewing game drinking at the waterhole, is something never to be forgotten. A buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, can be served in the restaurant under thatch, or in the split-level lounge or dining room. Both have an outstanding view of the camp's waterhole. There is also a swimming pool and a large curio shop, stocking a good selection of African gifts and branded safari clothing.

Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik.

Local specials of Namibian birds include the Short-toed Rockthrush, Hautlaub's Francolin, Rockrunner, Ruppells Parrot, White-tailed Shrike and Chestnut Weaver. Ostrich and raptors are also in abundance.

At Ongava Game Reserve, you have an excellent opportunity to view black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with an armed guide is a highlight not to be missed.

Ongava Lodge is a first choice, for the luxurious, safari experience.

There is a also a private air-strip, with a pick-up and drop off service for Ongava Lodge guests.

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Game drives Ongava: Customized open-topped safari vehicles enhance your game viewing around Onguma Reserve.

Game drives Etosha National Park: Full or half-day 4WD safaris into Etosha National Park can be organized. These centre around drives and waterholes close to Okaukuejo Restcamp.

Guided walking safaris: Trained and armed guides will lead you through reserve with the focus being on tracking white rhino. Many other mammals will be encountered along the way.

Night drives: The appearance of nocturnal creatures at night is a completely different experience.

Photography: There is a hide and nearby waterhole located near the camp present numerous photographic opportunities.

Dolomite Camp

Dolomite Camp

On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundaries. It is a smaller lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park.

Eagle Tented Camp

Eagle Tented Camp

Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp.

Epacha Game Lodge and Spa

Epacha Game Lodge and Spa

Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp.

Etosha Mountain Lodge - Natural Selection

Etosha Mountain Lodge - Natural Selection

Serene yetfull of character, the thatched chalets of Etosha Mountain Lodge are perched on a dolomite hill, offering panoramic views of the iconic namibian landscape with an abundance of big game and wildlife.

Etosha Oberland Lodge

Etosha Oberland Lodge

Etosha Oberland Lodge, at the southern entrance of EtoshaNational Park, combines luxury with a lot of privacy.

Etosha Safari Camp

Etosha Safari Camp

Only 10kms from the park, Etosha Safari Camp offers good quality budget accommodation.

Etosha Safari Camping2Go

Etosha Safari Camping2Go

The quirky Etosha Safari Camp should be on every camper’s travel itinerary, as the Camping2Go accommodation offers a vibrant introduction to versatile and colourful Namibia.

Etosha Safari Lodge

Etosha Safari Lodge

Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park.

Etosha Village - Taleni Africa

Etosha Village - Taleni Africa

Situated only 2 km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.

Etotongwe Lodge

Etotongwe Lodge

Etotongwe Lodge is situated in the northern Namibian town of Outjo. This is 94kms south of the world-famous Etosha NP. Stopover here on your way to explore the country's most visited tourist attraction.



One of the five camps situated inside the park, generally less popular with visitors than Okaukuejo or Namutoni but has the advantage of a secluded quiet spot lit waterhole.

Hobatere Lodge

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area.

Little Ongava

Little Ongava

Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park.

Mondjila Safari Camp

Mondjila Safari Camp

Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park.

Mopane Village Etosha

Mopane Village Etosha

Accommodation in permanently erected tents, 14km south of the park.



Extremely popular and busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay.

Olifantsrus Campsite

Olifantsrus Campsite

A brand new campsite inside Etosha Park. No accommodation is available here and this only caters for self-sufficient campers. A highlight of the camp is the unique hide which overlooks the camps waterhole.

Toshari  Lodge

Toshari Lodge

Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.

Vreugde Guest Farm

Vreugde Guest Farm

This small family owned and managed guest farm is situated in easy driving distance of Etosha. The tranquil gardens and homely atmosphere make for a relaxed stay far from the crowds of the more commercial lodges.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Van Meulder, Nele

8 Jan 2014

very nice lodge and location but lodge would be perfect if we had a mosquito net and a small mini bar in the room

Marcucci, Carlalberto

20 Sep 2012

The best Lodge in Namibia. Rooms spectacular, fantastic activities, the food is quite ok but they must improve it.

Beffa, Sabina

17 Oct 2010

wonderful location; beautiful infrastrucure and welcome; a group of italian tourist damaged a little the atmosphere ....


21 Nov 2016

Exclusive, very good. Choose well the room, because eventually you will increase chances to see an animal through your window.

Liston, Virginia

29 Aug 2014

Fantastic. Beautiful. Saw many animals on the reserve and in Etosha. The guiding was great. All of the staff/accommodations/food great. Views excellent.

Paisner, Vera

7 Jun 2018

a wonderful lodge. Very comprehensive in the safari drive experience. Knowledgeable, great guides and information for safety. I highly recommend thislodge

Ramsay, Nina Joshi

1 Oct 2014

Impressive management and staff. Very accommodating with personal requests and were able to help us relocate to Ongava tented camp for one night to get that experience.

Lourens, Walter

24 Feb 2014

Excellent all round apart possibly from the food which wasnt quite up to scratch. Also we would have liked to do some night drives which were advertised but not offered.

Lutz, Felix

3 Jun 2014

Excellent lodge as regards location and service. In particular, food was prepared there to perfection, the guide very professional and committed. Definetely a place to recommend, even though very pricey.


28 Jun 2014

Excellent all round - rooms, staff, food etc. were amongst the best we encountered. We didn`t see as much as expected on our game walk and game drive, but management gave us the game walk FOC which was very good.

Lot, Massimo

20 Jun 2018

Good accomodation, honest food, very active waterhole where we could see various animals day and night. The afternoon game drive in their reserve is a must, we had the chance to see even a group of lions resting near a pond.

Spratt, Leanne

29 Sep 2011

Nice lodge but void of any atmosphere. The game drive was only in the private park, not into Etosha and with us having to leave early the next day we didn't get a game drive into Etosha while we were here, therefore a bit of a waste of time.

Grange, Sharon

20 Dec 2015

Ongava was good, they tried hard with the food, we drove ourselves into Etosha so we can't comment on that, we did one game drive with them, we didn't see many animals, but the night hide was great. The waterhole below the camp is very active all day and night.

Vervaat, Wouter

26 Jan 2013

Beautiful setting, wildlife walks past your room. Food not very good, we complained and it improved however not as good as other lodges. Wines not very good either. We had the best safari drive of our vacation, they have a private reserve so nobody else around.


Ongava Lodge is situated close to the Andersson Gate entrance to Etosha (south of Okaukuejo) on the C38

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