Overview

One of five lodges in the Onguma Collection within the private Onguma Reserve, Onguma Bush Camp is the most family-friendly option and it is our preferred option for families on this side of the park.

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  • Location

    Onguma Camps ( Onguma Bush Camp being one of the Camps) are situated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, in friendly Namibia. Onguma offers great game viewing, romance, tranquility, adventure and so much more! With 5 lodges, two campsites and 34 000 hectares of private wilderness to explore, Onguma has an accommodation option that is just right for you!

  • Accommodation

    Onguma Bush Camp consists of 3 twin bedded standard loft rooms with a children’s sleep area in the loft, 8 twin bedded Deluxe Rooms, 3 Rondavels, 3 family units with 4 beds, 1 Settler’s Room (formerly the honeymoon suite) as well as 4 single tour guide rooms. ​

    The Waterhole/Pool-Side Rooms are built with views of the newly enlarged waterhole or views across the pool.

    Room Types

     

    Settler’s Room

    Formerly known as the honeymoon suite, this room is larger than the other rooms and has a small sitting area.

     

    Deluxe Rooms

    These twin bedded Waterhole or Pool side rooms have stunning views over the surrounding bush. Each room has a large en-suite bathroom and small patio from which to admire the view.

     

    Standard / Loft Room

    Standard/ Loft rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens, with extra loft beds for children.

     

    Rondavels

    The three Rondawels are part of the original lodge buildings and are built in the traditional circular style with thatched rooves. They offer ensuite bathrooms, twin beds and a small patio overlooking the gardens.

     

    Family units

    The 1 Family Units has two inter-leading bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom.

  • Facilities

    Room Facilities
    Bar
    Conference Centre
    Internet Access
    Mobile Connectivity
    Pool
    Restaurant
    Secure Parking

     

    Room Facilities
    Air Conditioning
    Dressing Gowns
    En-Suite
    Internet
    Pure Cotton Linen
    Shower

     

  • Activities

    Activities on site

    Etosha Game Drives
    Onguma Sunset Drives
    Onkolo Hide
    Massage Therapy
    Romantically adventurous sleepout
    Interpretive bush walks

     

     

    Activities Nearby

    Big 5
    Bird Watching
    Child Friendly Activities
    Cultural Tours
    Game Drives
    Game Viewing
    Game Walks
    Wine Tasting

     


     

    Etosha Game Drives

    Etosha Game drives take guests into the Etosha National Park in the mornings and afternoons and are guided by our expert guides and in our open-sided vehicles.

     

    Onguma Sunset Drives

    Join us on an afternoon sundowner nature drive on the Onguma Reserve where our expert guides will explain the many intricacies of the bush.
    Duration approx. 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

     

    Onkolo Hide

    Onguma’s fabulous new water-level hide affords guests a great opportunity to calmly sit and enjoy nature unobserved. Amateur and professional photographers alike love the angles and light from this equipped hide.
    There is a small ablution facility nearby Onkolo Hide, benches from which to view the surroundings and lots of windows and vantage points for creative camera angles.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    • You can book a session with a guide before you travel to us, or enquire at the lodge.
    • Minimum age 16 years.
    • Costs – refer to the rates page

     

     

    Massage Therapy

    Enjoy the Sound of Silence at our Onguma Sanctuary while relaxing with any of the unique therapeutic and wellness treatments.
    Johan, our resident therapist, is a professional massage therapist with over 15 years experience, having lived and worked at renowned Wellness Centres in Asia and Africa. His passion for and dedication to massage therapy originated in the East, where he was trained and educated from the best teachers in their respective fields. Having the opportunity to spend considerable time with monks in Thailand, has also led him to incorporate focused awareness into his massage therapies.

     

    Romantically adventurous sleepout

    The Dream Cruiser is Onguma’s newest and most exciting addition for adventurers, romantics and those who like being close to nature will love this new experience.

    Custom built onto a Land Cruiser, it offers guests the opportunity to spend a romantic and / or adventurous night in the wilderness of the reserve. Built on two levels, the Dream Cruiser features a full bathroom downstairs complete with shower, flush toilet and basin whilst the upper deck features a bedroom with lounge area. A ranger is on call via a two-way radio so make the most of this time and relax in the safety and complete comfort of this unique space.

    A night on the Dream Cruiser calls for al fresco dining as the sun sets over Onguma and the evening sounds start to come alive. Guests will find a picnic-style selection of food and pre-selected chilled drinks on offer. (If you are celebrating, ask about our special wine or champagne.)

    The bed offers the opportunity to either have a roof with 180-degree views, or to sleep under the vast and awe-inspiring starry Namibian night skies.
    In the morning, guests enjoy morning coffee / tea with homemade rusks / biscuits before being collected and taken to their lodge for breakfast.

    How it Works:
    After a leisurely drive through Onguma’s wilderness you will arrive at a perfectly chosen location where your abode awaits. Welcomed with sundowner drinks you are taken through an orientation.

     

    Interpretive bush walks

    Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush by conducting an early morning leisurely walk accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers.

    HOW IT WORKS

    • Guests depart the lodge at around 6 am on this interactive activity conducted by one of our experienced rangers.
    • The rangers begin each walking safari with an all-inclusive briefing on how to behave when encountering animals on foot as they are frequently sighted on these safaris.
    • Learn about game trails and spoor identification, insects, birds and small mammals
    Interact with the diverse vegetation that sustains the life around us.
    • Duration approximately 2 ½ hours
    It is not strenuous, but a basic level of health and walking ability is required.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    • Minimum 2 people
    • Maximum 6 people
    • No children under 16 years
    • Drinks are provided during the walk
    • Costs – refer to the rates page

    BOOKINGS

    • This activity is offered from all five of the Onguma Reserve Camps and can be booked in advance when making your accommodation booking. Interpretive Bush Walks can also be booked directly at the lodge, but advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

     

  • Fast Facts

    TYPE
    Lodge
    NO. ROOMS
    18
    CHECK-IN TIME
    13:00
    CHECK-OUT TIME
    10:00
    CHILD POLICY
    All ages are welcome
    CAMP
     Fenced
    SPOKEN LANGUAGES
    Afrikaans, English, Ge1rman
    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

  • Getting there

    How to get there

    ROAD

    This Namibia safari bush camp can be reached via a self-drive in a two-wheel drive vehicle on good roads. Namibia’s lengthy roads are an asset to an African road trip.

    Self-drive from Windhoek

    • Take the B1 from Windhoek to Tsumeb, and continue on towards Ondangwa.
    • Approximately 70 km from Tsumeb, turn left onto the C38 towards the Namutoni Gate of Etosha National Park.
    • Approximately 500m before the park gate, there will be an Onguma sign on your right.
    • Turn right and drive approximately 9 km to the camp.

    AIR

    Onguma Game Reserve has its own private bush airstrip at which guests can arrive or depart. An additional road transfer of 20 minutes in an open safari vehicle will deliver guests to the Namibia safari lodge.

    GPS Coordinates

    18°43’59.7” S
    17°02’55.9” E

  • General Information

    Child Policy:

    • Children under the age of 3 years stay free of charge
    • Children 3 to 11 years sharing with adults, pay the above children rate
    • The rate for children sharing with adults is a nett rate and includes specified meals
    • Children 12 and above stay in their own room at full price.
    • 3 of the Deluxe rooms are in an unfenced section of the camp and are therefore not recommended for children
    • Onguma Bush Camp is mostly fenced in. However, the adult supervision of children is required at all times
    • GAME DRIVES ARE CONDUCTED ON OPEN SAFARIS VEHICLES. FOR SAFETY REASONS CHILDREN UNDER 10 YEARS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON GAME DRIVE VEHICLES

  • Highlights

    Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, and refers to a flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ (overlooked by the Onguma Reserve) provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

    This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of birds migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.

    During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of birds migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems.

    Onguma Nature Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness & is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species and even 4 of the Big 5. Joining an Onguma Sundowner drives is the perfect way to end your day.

    The Reserve incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.

    The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not always easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions and Cheetahs are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen and heard. All of which can be spotted during our Sundowner Drives.

  • Animals

    The Leopard resting under the tree – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Warthog – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    Black backed Jackal – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Impalas grazing – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Zibra on the water hole – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Lioness with the cubs – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Kudu – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Cheetah on the move – Onguma Bush Camp

     

    The Elephant and Giraffe – Onguma Bush Camp

     

  • Birding

    Birding

     

    African hobby – Wikipedia

     

     

    Blue crane – Mark Anderson

     

    Lesser flamingo – Wikipedia

     

    Bare-cheeked babbler (NE – Wikipedia

     

    Black-faced babbler – Wikipedia

     

    Caspian plover – Wikipedia

     

    Chestnut weaver – Wikipedia

     

    Dwarf bittern – Wikipedia

     

    Greater flamingo – Wikipedia

     

    Abdim’s stork – Wikipedia

     

    Lesser kestrel – Wikipedia

  • Food

    Food – Onguma Bush Camp

     

Tour Map

Google Map for Etosha National Park, Namibia

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