Overview

Come and experience the wildness of the bush in all its splendor, partake in the sights and sounds that will stay with you for a long time. Be constantly surrounded by raw beauty inside and out.

The Fort is unlike any other, the only one of its kind in Namibia.

It is built in exactly the right spot to give guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia – overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha Pans, decorated only with its wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees.

Upon arriving at The Fort, you will be received by not only our friendly staff, but also massive raw walls, stunning stone cladded features and a huge tower with views toward Etosha and Fisher’s Pan. The Fort will surprise you at every corner; a classical African feel combined with a touch of Moroccan and Indian flavours, characterised by a selection of the most beautiful antique windows and doors.

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  • Location

    Onguma Camps ( Onguma the Fort) 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

    Accommodation Details

    Accommodation at Onguma – The Fort consists of The Sultan Suite, which is located within the Main Tower Building. 11 Bush Suites and 1 honeymoon Suite, all situated adjacent to the Main Fort extending on both sides to the south and the north. Every Bush Suite is completely private and about 50 meters apart from one another and is equipped with a bar fridge, and an air-conditioner for those warmer days. The spacious bathroom has both an inside shower as well as an outside shower area. From every area of the room, wooden decks lead you towards the outside seating area and sun loungers for just relaxing and enjoying the extraordinary view.

    In addition, the one and only Sultan Suite is situated inside the Main Tower of the main complex. It has a large beautifully designed bedroom that leads into a lounge area and out onto a small private viewing deck. The lounge is equipped with a satellite television system, a bar fridge and telephone facilities. And for those warm evenings, you have an air-conditioner as well. The large bathroom has a wonderful open shower area, as well as a bath in which to relax and reflect upon your day’s experiences.

    Room Types
    Bush Suites

    All suites overlook Fischer’s Pan in the Etosha Reserve. The suites are at least 50m apart from each other, ensuring privacy. Each room consists of twin beds, fireplace, air-conditioning, viewing deck,minibar, inside and outside showers.

     

    Honeymoon Suite

    The Fort Honeymoon suite also boasts views across Fischer’s Pan as well as fireplace, air-conditioning,minibar, with the added luxury of a lounge, TV, inside and outside showers and outside bath. Heaven on earth!

     

    Sultan’s Suite

    The Fort Sultan’s suite is situated on the first floor in the main Fort complex and has commanding views across the waterhole and Fischer’s Pan. It has a bathroom with an inside bath as well as a balcony.

  • Facilities

    Room Facilities
    Air Conditioning
    Balcony / Deck
    Dressing Gowns
    En-Suite
    Fan
    Fireplace
    Fridge
    Internet
    Mini Bar
    Outside Shower
    Pure Cotton Linen
    Safe
    Shower
    Tea / Coffee
    Verandah

  • 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


    tosha 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

    RATING
    5 Star
    TYPE
    Safari Lodge
    NO. ROOMS
    13
    CHECK-IN TIME
    13:00
    CHECK-OUT TIME
    10:00
    Available Services
    Credit Card
    Laundry Service
    Room Service
    Child Policy
    7 and above allowed.
    SPOKEN LANGUAGES
    Afrikaans, English, German
    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:

    Onguma The Fort is unfenced and therefore no children under the age of 7 years will be allowed. Children 7 to 11 years of age sharing with adults, pay the above children rates.

  • Highlights

    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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