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Onguma, Lodge photography, David Rogers, 2018

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Onguma Nature Reserve

Sharing the eastern border of Etosha National Park, Onguma Nature Reserve is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth. In the local Herero language, Onguma means ‘the place you don’t want to leave’, and the 34,000-hectare reserve certainly lives up to its name.


Onguma The Fort - iconic luxury

The Fort, unlike any other, is built in a perfect spot to give guests a stunning sunset view across Etosha Pan and the waterhole, and inspire relaxation with our Onguma-tailored massages. The Moroccan-inspired Fort consists of 11 Bush Suites, one Honeymoon Suite and one Sultan Suite, all completely private and about 50 metres apart, each with a bar fridge, a fireplace and air-conditioning. The spacious bathroom has an inside and an outside shower. From every area of the room, wooden decks lead you to the outside seating area with a plunge pool and sun loungers for relaxing and enjoying the extraordinary view across the Pan.

Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge – for a secluded bush-lodge experience

Etosha Aoba is an intimate, relaxed bush lodge with a natural character that gives guests a taste of wilderness and yesteryear safari-style. Featuring thatched roofs and wooden furniture, the 11 bungalows and central area are surrounded by nature, with a raised deck and fire-pit overlooking the large waterhole. The down-to-earth friendly character of the lodge and staff introduces you to the true spirit of the Namibian bush. A well-stocked wine cellar complements hearty meals served under the stars.

Onguma Bush Camp - ideal for families

Onguma Bush Camp offers guests a stunning waterhole around which the main guest areas are positioned, ensuring there is something to see while enjoying every meal. Thatch, wooden decks and canvas ensure the feel of Africa is experienced by all the senses. The 18 rooms provide varied accommodation for singles, couples and families. Since the camp is fenced, it is perfectly suitable for families, allowing little ones to enjoy our Young Explorer’s Walk and stretch their legs while parents relax around the pool or enjoy an Onguma-tailored massage.

Onguma Tented Camp – the ultimate in safari chic

Onguma Tented Camp has a stunning main building with seven Out Of Africa-style tents in the treeline around an active waterhole. Each tent is an unique structure of Etosha stone and triple-layered canvas on decks. This private and spacious accommodation was designed with attention to detail and has air-conditioning over the bed, an indoor and an outdoor shower, a gorgeous modern interpretation of an old zinc bath, a separate toilet, two stone basins and a private sitting area with uninterrupted views of the waterhole.

Onguma Tree Top Camp – up among the treetops

Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, especially designed for those travellers who like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. The camp is small and intimate, built on wooden stilts amongst the treetops with full views over one of the most beautiful waterholes on Onguma Nature Reserve. It is ideal for small groups or families travelling together and can be booked in its entirety – with private chef, host and guide. What better way to experience the wilderness?

Onguma Tamboti Campsite - the ultimate in luxury camping

Tamboti Campsite boasts a lovely restaurant overlooking the waterhole, for days when you just want to relax and enjoy a hearty meal. The 25 campsites are well placed to offer privacy and each one is equipped with generous private ablutions and ample plugs for charging cameras and equipment. The swimming pool, Wi-Fi and small supply shop ensure campers want for nothing! Game drives can be booked at reception.

Onguma Leadwood Campsite

Nestled in the shade of large leadwood trees are six private camping sites, each with their own ablution, wash-up area and power point. Leadwood campers can also make use of Onguma Bush Camp’s facilities including sipping sundowners at the waterhole or cooling off in the swimming pool. This is the perfect campsite for exclusive use and to explore the eastern side of Etosha.

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