Ongava Lodge, Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Lodge is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge 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 manage the day-to-day running of the reserve, ensuring its long-term biological diversity and sustainability.

Latest News From Ongava Lodge

  • Ongava Lodge and Little Ongava - August 2012
    Sep 4, 2012

    Game viewing has been fantastic this month, especially around the waterholes. We have been treated to large congregations of wildlife, which leave and arrive at the waterholes in waves.Lion sightings have been superb, as the felines...

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  • Ongava Lodge and Little Ongava - July 2012
    Aug 9, 2012

    Ongava ReserveIt has been another great month for game viewing in Ongava. Rhino sightings have been fantastic, with sightings of both species, even sometimes drinking side by side at a waterhole. On the subject of waterholes, all of...

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  • Ongava Lodge - March 2012
    Apr 2, 2012

    This month, Ongava Reserve produced absolutely fantastic sightings despite the lack of rainy conditions.Lion sightings have been great as the Stompie Pride has returned to the area, making daily appearances as they use the thick...

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A Quote From Our Guests

“ This lodge is on a private game reserve which allows for great game viewing especially for rhinos both black and white. Our guide was great and use of the blind allowed great views of the rhinos that come to the water hole by the lodge. ”
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Reviewed by: TXtraveler67_71, 2013.09.13