Part of the highly respected Ongava portfolio, and occupying prime position in the Ongava Game Reserve, alongside the southern borders of Etosha National Park, Ongava Tented Camp is the real deal: luxurious, fairly remote and built on a reputation that places wildlife and habitat at the centre of everything it does.
A stone, wood, thatch and canvas built, Ongava Tented Camp is situated at the foot of the Odundozonanandana (which, with practice, is perfectly easy to say) range, and consists of a mess area and 8 sleeping tents. The shared areas include a bar, dining room, seating area, library, shop, outdoor seating and a small swimming pool. Much of this is housed in the open sided main lodge. Thatched and characterised by a flagstone floor, mixed seating (leather directors chairs, wicker seats and comfy sofas), retro lighting, exposed beams and cavernous ceilings, it’s well shaded, a perfect retreat, and very welcoming. The food is fabulous, as is the service.
While 7 of the tents are 2 bed, and 1 a family unit, Ongava tented Camp is able – in the event of a large exclusive group booking – to provide another 2 bed room. Each en-suite tent possesses a twin bed, simple furnishings, verandha and plenty of room within which to change, relax and store personal items. Raised, protected by a canvas A-frame roof and accessed by way of a set of wooden steps, the Meru style tents are large, airy and beautiful.
Much is made – by both the camp and returning guests – of the experience of tracking white rhino, and of the fact that the reserve in itself is filled with wildlife, including lion. Activities include guided walks, game drives and trips into Etosha.