"It was already terrific even before we saw all the big cats"
I spent a long time researching private camps near Etosha prior to booking and I’m pleased to say that Onguma was exactly what I hoped for when I booked it. I wanted something that was luxurious but at the same time relaxed and allowed us to be close to nature and that is exactly how it is.
The staff are all absolutely lovely – helpful, friendly and efficient.
The 6 tents are set around a pretty waterhole and include outdoor decking on which to relax and enjoy the view. They are also sufficiently spaced to allow privacy. Inside the room, the beds are comfortable and there is sufficient space to allow both people to hang up clothes and store shoes etc. The room was quite hot but we got used to it and an electric fan was provided which did help – we also slept with the canvas open, except for the mosquito protection – which enabled a little breeze to blow through.
There is a nice size bathroom which is open plan to the rest of the tent (except the toilet) and includes a beautiful bathtub. There is also an additional outdoor shower which I really enjoyed although was slightly surprised one morning to see an owl watching over me.
The public areas are beautifully furnished and very comfortable, as is the restaurant. The food in the restaurant was very good. On our first evening, we were all distracted by a male lion that came into camp, and literally shook us all to the core with the hugest roar you’ve ever heard.
We didn’t use Onguma to visit Etosha as we had our own car but we did book the sundowner trip, the Rhino Drive and the Night Drive. The sundowner was very pleasant and we saw the male lion that later visited us in camp. The Rhino Drive afforded us both Rhino and a very relaxed leopard who let us watch him for a good 20 minutes, and the Night Drive brought us 2 cheetahs, which I believe are the mother and cub others have mentioned.
We enjoyed our stay here immensely and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, or hopefully to return one day.
Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple