Little Ongava, Etosha, Namibia

Little Ongava is a Premier Camp

4Cs Projects at Little Ongava

Little Ongava is situated in Ongava Game Reserve, which was formed in 1991, when shareholders of Ongava converted four unproductive cattle ranches into a highly productive 30 000-hectare private game reserve that is now a haven to large concentrations of wildlife.


Ongava Game Reserve Reintroduction Project

Most general game has been reintroduced, including springbok, gemsbok (oryx), Hartmann's mountain zebra, red hartebeest, southern giraffe, eland, Damara dik-dik, and the largest population of the endemic black-faced impala (listed as Endangered) outside of Etosha.

White and Black Rhino Project

Another successful reintroduction project is the white and black rhino project – where Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government.

Ongava Research Centre (ORC)

ORC was established in 2006 in recognition of the fact that accurate and up-to-date information and research is crucial for the optimal management of the ecosystems that make up the reserve. The Centre is involved in outstanding conservation efforts, specifically regarding the rare black rhino and endemic black-faced impala.

Black-faced Impala Research

After fantastic initial growth, the population of endemic black-faced impala (Apyceros melampus petersi) at Ongava has been stable at around 300 animals. This is the largest ‘pure’ population outside Etosha and is thought to represent around 10% of the global population of the subspecies.

Ongava Environmental Team

Closed ecosystems like Ongava have boundaries that impose artificial limits on the available resources. To this end, a dedicated environmental team manages the day-to-day running of the reserve, ensuring its long-term biological diversity and sustainability.

Latest News From Little Ongava

  • Little Ongava – April 2014
    Apr 30, 2014

    Three lions spent an entire night at the Ongava Lodge waterhole this month!

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  • Little Ongava - September 2013
    Oct 29, 2013

    Rhino Notching ProgrammeThe Ongava Reserve did its annual rhino notching during September. The Research Centre and Anti-Poaching team dart young rhino between two and three years old. They get a small mark on their ears so they can be...

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  • Little Ongava - March 2013
    Apr 5, 2013

    Just spending the day at a waterhole can often produce sightings of zebra, eland, oryx, impala, springbok, red hartebeest, giraffe and wildebeest, all arriving at the waterhole at different times of the day.

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A Quote From Our Guests

“ Nothing can prepare you for the luxury of Little Ongava... The rooms are simply breathtaking. In the winter a nice fire is made in your room. A private pool on your terrace. An outside bed. An inside huge fairy-tale like bed. A bathroom full of luxury and splendour. ”
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Reviewed by: Steve C, 2013.04.29