The fourteen stone-and-thatch chalets at Ongava Lodge are stylish and spacious, and features include everything from air-conditioning, overhead fans, 220V electricity, large mosquito nets as well as a wide selection of toiletries (from soaps and shampoos to insect repellent). The en-suite bathrooms have both showers and baths, and each chalet also offers a private wooden veranda – with great views across the plains below.
Bird-watchers would be delighted to know that they might even spot some of Namibias most popular species, including the bare-cheeked barber and the violet wood-hoopoe, from here.
Ongava also has the added benefit of resident white and black rhinos (although chances are better to see them on a game drive than from your veranda) and it is no wonder that the lodge has been listed on the Conde Nast Traveller Gold Reserve List.
Featuring an outdoor dining deck as well as a main lounge, meals at Ongava are relaxed and magical, and the waterhole down below delivers ongoing treats. Cooling off is a must in these parts and the sparkling pool here is just the ticket after an exciting day of game drives.
Meals are either served in the main dining area with a view of the waterhole, or on the dining deck under the stars and activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha. Apart from the guided game safaris, the lodge also offers guided walking safaris, and tracking white rhino on foot (which are not available in Etosha) as well as night game drives (which are not possible at many properties in the area) are highlights.
Opulent and extremely stylish, Ongava Lodge is one of the most luxurious options in the area, and the camps excellent guides ensure the very best of walking safaris and game drives.