Known as one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets, Ongava Tented Camp is situated in the 30 000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve, which lies to the south of the Etosha National Park. Nestled in a mopane woodland at the foot of a small hill, this luxurious camp is built out of stone, canvas and thatch and can accommodate 16 guests in eight well-appointed Meru-style tents. Each of the luxurious tents has it’s own bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and private veranda. The camp overlooks a watering hole that provides guests with opportunities to view game from the comfort of their tents.
Guest areas at Ongava Tented Camp include a bar, open-air fireplace and swimming pool that both look out over the bustling floodlit watering hole below. Delicious traditional meals are served around the fire underneath the vast African sky.
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and it boasts an exciting array of plains game and predators that roam the endless landscape. Activities for guests at Ongava Tented Camp revolved around the wildlife and include day and night game viewing drives, which are taken in specially designed 4x4s and visits to the hide that overlook the watering holes. Guests can also take the opportunity to head out into the bush on foot and track rhino alongside an experienced guide. Some of the game living in the area include desert-adapted black and white rhino, lion, cheetah, elephant, zebra, eland and black-faced impala, to name a few. Birding in the area is also excellent, with over 300 species, including ten out of Namibia’s 14 endemics such as the violet wood hoopoe, bare-cheeked babbler and the red-necked falcon. Guests can also take day trips to the nearby Okaukujo area of Etosha National Park, where lion, elephant, gemsbok and springbok are often seen.
Another special feature of Ongava Tented Camp is the camera by the watering hole, which automatically takes pictures of any movement detected, throughout the day and night. In the morning guests can view the fascinating array of wildlife that came to the area while they were asleep.