Situated in the Ongava Game Reserve on the southern edge of Etosha National Park, Ongava Lodge is the area’s original luxury accommodation. It nestles amongst trees and vegetation on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole that attracts the plentiful local game in huge numbers.
The entire lodge is attractive and well-appointed, built from local rock, wood and thatch. Its feel is beautifully organic, moulded to the hillside and characterised by dark woods and thatch, and has an almost Frank Lloyd Wright-esque ambience, full of local arts and crafts yet with one foot firmly in the modern world of clean, elegant design. There is a luxurious lounge with an open fire, and a bar and dining area that provide the option of covered tables or others on the dining deck beneath the open skies; the latter afford often spectacular views of game of all sizes visiting the watering hole below. There is also a very comfortable and attractive swimming-pool.
The accommodations comprise 14 chalets (including a single, larger one ideal for a family). All include double-beds, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and glass doors onto private verandas with uniformly excellent views over the plains. Each chalet has its own unique character, but all have the shared-areas’ combination of local colour and tasteful, elegant modern comfort. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about the area.
Ongava Reserve – and Etosha National Park itself – offer a considerable range of activities. From the lodge, guests can undertake game drives throughout the day that provide the opportunity to see black rhinos, black-faced impala, giraffes and a huge number of bird species. Excursions into Etosha National Park are also offered, where it is possible to observe the large elephant population, as well as (subject to seasonality/availability of guides) guided walks.