Crouching on top of a small rocky outcrop (otherwise known as a kopje) overlooking the endless plains below, Ongava Game Lodge is the true definition of a luxury game lodge. Situated near Etosha National Park near Andersson’s Gate, south of Okaukuejo, Ongava Game Reserve is an exclusive 68 000 acre private game reserve that boasts excellent game viewing, as well as epic views across the world famous salt pans that dominate the centre of the game reserve. Despite being a popular area for holidaymakers, Ongava Lodge manages to maintain a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
The central focus of Ongava Game Lodge is the main lounge, bar and dining area that look out over the busy watering hole below, as well as out across the unpronounceable Ondundozonanandana hill range. Delicious meals are served here, or at guests request they can be served under the vast African sky on the dining deck.
The lodge is made up of 14 well-appointed thatch and stone chalets, that each come equipped with air-conditioning and overhead fan and a private verandah that looks out over the plains. The en-suite bathrooms have a shower and bath and are well stocked with toiletries, that include insect repellent, soap and shampoo.
There is plenty for guests to do on the reserve. There is a fence between Etosha National Park and Ongava, but game has been known to cross between the two. Plains game, like Springbok, gemsbok, zebra, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and klipspringer are plentiful, as well as a healthy population of predators, such as lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Both black and white rhino are known to be in the area. There is also a large variety of bird species in the area, with 10 out of Namibia’s 14 endemic species spotted, including the bare-cheeked babbler, violet wood-hoopoe and carp’s tit.
Guests can take morning, late afternoon and night game drives in specially designed 4×4 vehicles, tracking any number of the big game in the area. Ongava also offers guided walking safaris with a trained ranger, where guests can track white rhino on foot.
- Game Drives
- Game Walks