Ongava Lodge, Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Lodge is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is situated on 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. These custodianships are set up in safe havens throughout the country in hopes of breeding rhino to more sustainable numbers and reintroducing them into areas where they previously flourished. Ongava Game Reserve is one of the few places in southern Africa where you will have a realistic chance of encountering both of these amazing creatures.

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.

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Latest News From Ongava Lodge

  • Ongava Lodge - May 2015
    Jun 24, 2015

    Guests witness an amazing sighting at Ongava Lodge as an African rock python attempted to catch a rock hyrax…

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  • Ongava Lodge - February 2015
    Mar 31, 2015

    Michael Kamerika – practicing his guiding skills on the Men of ADC. Lazy lions during the game drive with Michael & his Bachelor group. Baby Zebra Snake around camp

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  • Ongava Lodge - October 2014
    Dec 30, 2014

    Despite the lack of rain, it was a wonderful month for game around Etosha…

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“ View from the dining area overlooking the waterhole was really something. The variety of animal life was amazing, one would not really have to go out on Safari, as it comes to you. ”
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Reviewed by: Anne H, 16 August 2015