Onguma Tented Camp is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth.

It is this intriguing combination and attention to detail that makes Onguma Tented Camp, the ultimate in safari chic.

In the local Herero language, Onguma means, “the place you don’t want to leave.” With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.


An atmosphere of elegant dining prevails, complimented by the daily activities taking place around the watering hole, approximately 60 meters away. The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons, spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge, watching the animals go. And when things heat up, all that is required is a gentle stroll to the rim flow pool. Sit and relax in the flowing waters while enjoying an ice cold cooler. Alternatively if more strenuous activity is required, then relaxing on your patio and reading a good book should provide you with all the exercise you may need.

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  • Location

    Onguma Camps ( OngumaTanted 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

    Like the bush where soft air blows against sharp thorns, Onguma Tented Camp is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen and steel create a setting that is sleek and modern but also inherently of the earth. Inspired by a photograph of an Oryx on Etosha’s Fisher’s Pan, the interior echoes the colours of its natural surrounds. Grey, charcoal, black, white, and creams, together with a touch of muted or unexpectedly bright green, adds sophistication and earthiness to the atmosphere.

    Room Types

    Luxury Tent

    Luxury Tent with indoor and outdoor shower, bath, seperate toilet and desk. Views look over the waterhole.

  • Facilities

    Property Facilities
    Internet Access
    Meal on Request
    Mobile Connectivity
    Secure Parking


    Room Facilities
    Air Conditioning
    Balcony / Deck
    Dressing Gowns
    Mini Bar
    Pure Cotton Linen
    Tea / Coffee

  • Activities

    Activities on Site

    Big 5
    Bird Watching
    Cultural Tours
    Game Drives
    Game Viewing
    Game Walks
    General Sightseeing
    Wine Tasting


    Activities Nearby

    Etosha Game Drives
    Onguma Sun set Drives
    Onkolo Hide
    Massage Therapy
    Onguma dream Cruiser
    Onguma Bush Walks




    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.

    • 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.


    • 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.


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


    • 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


    Safari Lodge



    Child Policy

    Children above 12 are  allowed

    Available Services

    Credit Card

    Laundry Service

    Room Service


    Afrikaans, English, German


    Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

  • Getting to the Lodge

    How to get there


    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.


    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:

    The Onguma Tented Camp is unfenced and therefore no children under the age of 12 years will be allowed. Children 12 and above stay in their own room at full price.

  • 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 the fort lodge


    The Warthog – Onguma the fort lodge


    Black backed Jackal –Onguma the fort lodge


    The Impalas grazing –Onguma the fort lodge


    The Zibra on the water hole –Onguma the fort lodge


    The Lioness with the cubs – Onguma the fort lodge


    The Kudu – Onguma the fort lodge


    The Cheetah on the move – Onguma the fort lodge


    The Elephant and Giraffe – Onguma the fort lodge

  • 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

Tour Map

Google Map for Etosha National Park, Namibia


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