Read some of the comments we receive from Tripadvisor and feedback forms written by guests of each of the lodges on Onguma Game Reserve.
Onguma Tented Camp
"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
Onguma The Fort
Reviewed October 20, 2013
The resort is build like a maroccan kasbah, and so are all the individual bungalows.
The overall place, the waterhole, up to the very details of the inner decorations are just wonderful!
Sitting on the terrace of the lounge, watching the giraffes come to drink at the waterhole, or sitting on our own terrace watching sundown, was just marvelous!
Is a luxurious experience in the middle of the wilds!
They have wonderful guides, who take pride in finding and showing you the most difficult animals, like lions, cheetahs, on their game drives or sundowners.
We plan to go there again next time we visit Etosha.
We were fortunate enough to stay in the Sultan suite and it was super luxurious. This place was out of this world and regret not booking for a longer stay. Do not pass up an opportunity to stay here on your way in or out of Etosha. Frankly, we would have been happy to stay here and enter the game park daily as it was down the road from the Lindquist gate.
Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
Onguma Tree Top
This is a truly special place and rightfully deserves much of the positive commentary found in the other reviews.
David and his team were incredibly accommodating, humble and welcoming. These people work seriously hard and deserve ample praise and tips (put these in the tip box in cash or else have your credit card charged when you check out at Tented Camp on your way out). There is a staff/guest ratio of 8:6, so one can imagine the level of personal attention, and we were made to feel very comfortable and at ease during our 3 days at Treetop Camp.
The fantastic view of the waterhole is a given and on one day hundreds of animals crowded around to drink. We spent several mornings and late afternoons watching the animals from the communal deck, as well as from the chairs on our private deck.
Notable is the food: outstanding quality and extremely innovative. It is critical to remember the environment in which the meals are being produced, as the soils around Etosha don't produce delicate little heads of lettuce. All food is trucked in and will often be cooked from frozen. Nevertheless, the chefs must be commended for their beautiful plating and presentation and masterful flavours. They bake fresh breads daily (try one of their lovely brown paper lunch bags for your day trip around Etosha - a complete lifesaver as Etosha has the most appalling selection of snacks and meals to purchase). On one night, the chefs prepared four different main dishes to accommodate vegetarians, chicken only eaters, and the usual selection of two mains, which happened to be beef and fish on this particular evening. Absolutely fantastic.
We will be back.
Onguma Bush Camp
“We were so happy here we are going to return next year”
We travelled through glorious Namibia to Onguma Bush Camp to spend three days. It was far better than we had expected. The food, staff, facilities, rooms are all excellent. Our round bush chalet was made of concrete and thatch, but airy, clean and light, with luxury bedding and facilities. This is a small private and tranquil camp. There are other options that we did not see, which I am told are just as good.We faced a green open area, which in turn lead to the beautiful restaurant which over looks their new watering hole. This camp is very family friendly with a swimming pool and food that suit all ages of children. The staff are so kind and helpful and nothing is too much for them. The price includes a wonderful evening meal set right over the lit waterhole, an excellent breakfast and afternoon scrumptious cake and coffee/tea!
It is on the door step of Etosha Park, where we bought a cheap three day pass and went in and out with ease. It is 12K down a very secure dirt road, which was in excellent condition and runs alongside the park, so animals can be spotted on the way. It is a rare gem set in a wonderful setting with wonderful people. We are returning next year with our grown up family and we cannot wait.
Onguma Etosha Aoba
“Great Place to Stay”
Belguim, via Tripadvisor
We stayed two nights at the Aoba Lodge and we got to admit that it exceeded all our expectations. The welcome was very professional and friendly, thanks to the excellent manager Nelson. Wine lovers would love this place, as we were kindly invited by Nelson for a splendid wine tasting in the small but interesting wine cellar.
Special attention goes to Samuel too, our guide and driver during the sun downer drive. This was an unforgettable experience, which wouldn't have been that great without Samuel.
Other things in short: the food is good, the staff is friendly, rooms are nice and tidy. It was a great place to stay and we will certainly come back.