Ongava Private Game Reserve

Little Ongava


Commanding magnificent vistas

Situated in the Ongava Game Reserve and sibling of Ongava Lodge, Little Ongava is built along the crest of a hill, with commanding magnificent vistas of the plains stretching for miles to the horizon.

This intimate camp is an exclusive hideaway with only three spacious stone-and-thatch suites each with their own ensuite bathroom, “sala”, and outdoor shower. Glass doors in the lounge and bedroom slide back for access to a private deck with spectacular views across the reserve, complete with its own plunge pool.

Long wooden walkways wind around the rugged, rocky terrain and gnarly trees to each of the rooms. The walkway leads down the hill to the relaxed main thatched area furnished with a library, stone fireplace and a well-stocked bar. The lounge opens out onto a large viewing deck which overlooks a waterhole below, the perfect spot for a sundowner drink. Enjoy luxury dining experiences under the sky or under the cover of a thatched roof.


At a glance

  • Three suites

  • Outdoor shower

  • Private plunge pools

  • Restaurant and bar

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  • Little Ongave Namibia game drive

    Game drives

    Guided afternoon/evening game drives take place on the private Ongava Game Reserve. The reserve has a diverse range of wildlife and is famed for its population of rhino and lion, as well as other game such as the endemic black-faced impala.

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    Bird watching

    For the keen birder, hours can be spent next to waterholes spotting large varieties of birds from a pygmy falcon to some of the endemic species such as Hartlaub's francolin or Ruppell's parrot.

  • Little Ongave Namibia bush walk

    Bush walks

    Offered seasonally and subject to an available walking guide, the guided nature walks through the reserve will proudly showcase the abundant array of life, from the unusual plants to the arid-adapted animals with a chance of potentially approaching white rhino.

Community & Culture

Ongava has also supported the expansion of the Ongava Research Centre on a new campus. The developments include a Visitor Centre, offices, laboratories and storage for research, and accommodation for students and scientists. Two percent of Ongava’s visitor income is paid directly to help fund the Centre and its research on Ongava and the surrounding area.


From inception Ongava Game Reserve committed to ‘Nature First’, striving to conserve biodiversity, providing a safe haven for rare and endangered species and, through understanding, protecting natural resources for the future of the planet. In 1991, several unproductive cattle ranches in Northern Namibia were turned into a prolific 30,000-hectare private game reserve that is now a sanctuary for wildlife. Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ongava is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, ground-breaking research and exciting safari experiences.

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Why Niarra

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In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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