Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha

Ongava Lodge


An Etosha classic

In a privately-owned, 30,000 hectare game reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, Ongava Lodge is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the surrounding plains and mopane woodland.

There comfortable 14 rock and thatch en-suite chalets on the slopes linked to the main lodge by raised walkways where you’ll find a lounge, pool and dining areas with you great views down to the camp’s lit waterhole below, a favourite drinking spot for all manner of wildlife.

Your days will be filled with nature drives and walks through the reserve, spot wildlife from the hide or venture into Etosha itself. There are resident black and white rhinos at Ongava, so you’ll have the unique opportunity to spot both during your stay, including on foot. Some of the other animals you may see are black-faced impalas, lions and plains game.


At a glance

  • 14 cottages

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant overlooking a waterhole

  • Game hide

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    Game drives in Ongava Game Reserve

    Join an expert guide for day and evening game drives through the reserve. Ongava is known for its rhinos and lions, as well as antelope like black-faced impalas.

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    Excursions into Etosha National Park

    Take a full or half-day guided tour into Etosha National Park. These trips can include visits to the saltpan and the perennial springs which provide the water that sustains the big game and elephant populations in the park.

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    Guided nature walks

    Head out on a fascinating walk with a guide who will introduce you to the many small and large creatures that call the area home. You may even be fortunate enough to approach white rhinos.


Ongava Research Centre focuses on protecting the many rare and endangered species of animals found in Ongava Game Reserve. Extensive research into the genetics of the resident rhino population has been conducted and has proved valuable not only to Namibia, but also to other African countries. The analysis of the Ongava populations has directly aided conservation efforts, and your support helps them to continue this important work. The research and habitat management goes beyond the rhinos, and sees the reserve’s natural resources being carefully guarded for all other species as well to ensure they are given every opportunity to thrive.

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