Ongava Tented Camp, Etosha, Namibia

Ongava Tented Camp is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Ongava Tented Camp

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. 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.

Energy-saving Initiatives

Ongava Tented Camp is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel powered generator that charges a bank of batteries which in turn supplies the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day as opposed to 24 hours.

Latest News From Ongava Tented Camp

  • Ongava Tented Camp – March 2015
    May 29, 2015

    Guests enjoyed amazing sightings at Ongava Tented Camp including incredible wildlife right at the waterhole as well as out on drives…

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  • Ongava Tented Camp – February 2015
    Mar 31, 2015

    An incredible month for ardent birdwatchers at Ongava Tented Camp!

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  • Ongava Tented Camp – June 2014
    Jun 30, 2014

    Unseasonal rains provide spectacular sunsets at Ongava Tented Camp…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ As we drove on to the Ongava reserve and initially saw nothing we were astonished to round a corner and find ourselves met by elephants, zebra, various Oryx, springbok and kudu all gathered together in one clearing. ”
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Reviewed by: llyurch, 6 June 2015