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Ongava Tented Camp
Eight Large Comfortable Meru-style Tents

Ongava Tented Camp, built of stone, canvas and thatch, accommodates 16 guests in eight large comfortable Meru-style tents all with en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas. The family unit sleeps four.
Etosha National Park


Year Round

The best time to go to Namibia depends on where you're headed.

Windhoek - The best time to visit Windhoek is between May and September, when it is cool and dry. From November to March the summer is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable. In December and January the main local school holidays happen and much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit during this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.

Southern Namibia - If you’re visiting southern Namibia (Luderitz, Keetmanshoop or Sossusvlei, among others) the best thing to do is avoid the summer, which is extremely hot. The best time to visit southern Namibia is between May and September. The climate of the southern coast is hospitable from February to May, but quite cool and misty year-round, and particularly windy in August.

The Namib - The Namib coast (including Walvis Bay and Swakopmund) is best visited from October to March when the weather is cooler. Inescapably, however, when the dry easterly winds blow it is sometimes very hot even at this time of year. For the inland areas of the Namib, the cooler months from May to September are best, though the easterly winds have the same effects here as on the coast.

Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld - The northern Skeleton Coast experiences much the same weather year-round: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best period. For the inland Kaokoveld, the period from May to August is best. The summer months bring flash floods and very high temperatures, and most rain falls between January and March.

Etosha and the North - The most popular time to visit Etosha is from April to September, because during this time the temperature is tolerably cool. From May to September the animals gather at waterholes, so this is the best period for game viewing. Summer is best for bird watching, as migrant birds visit the pans after the summer rains.

Kavango and Caprivi - Summer is the best period for bird watching in the Kavango area and the Caprivi Strip, but visitors should be forewarned that the heat and humidity can be unbearable unless they are at least partially alleviated by rain. Winter, being cooler and drier, is best for game viewing.

Game Drive, Guided Walks & Birding and Spending Time in Hides.

Activities at this comfortable camp typically take place around the main area with its relaxing bar and swimming pool fronting onto a much-frequented waterhole. Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives that take in the plethora of game in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks, birding and spending time in hides. A special encounter is white rhino tracking - Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa that give one the chance to see both black and white rhino.
Local Info

The Ongava Game Reserve is situated on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, enabling large game such as elephant and lion to move between the Park and the private reserve. Day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides can all be enjoyed exclusively on this reserve. Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black rhino. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations. A hide at the camp waterhole provides superb photographic opportunities. At Ongava the characteristic wildlife of the area is present, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion. A highlight at Ongava is that it is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where there is a chance of seeing both black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with a guide is a highlight not to be missed.
Ongava Tented Camp is Etosha National Park's best-kept secret, tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in the privately-owned 30 000-ha Ongava Game Reserve. This camp offers private luxury, great company, delicious food and an original African wildlife experience without the crowds.
Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife destination and at almost the size of Switzerland it is certainly one of Africa's largest game parks. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer month's sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of life. Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives that take in the plethora of game in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Other possibilities include guided walks, birding and spending time in hides. A special encounter is white rhino tracking - Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa that give one the chance to see both black and white rhino.

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