Ongava Tented Camp

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp is a small bush camp with just ten tents, situated in a private game reserve on the edge of Etosha National Park.

Ongava Tented Camp is a small bush camp situated in the private Ongava Game Reserve, just outside of Etosha National Park. It shares the reserve with sister camps Ongava Lodge and Little Ongava. All are owned and managed by luxury safari operator Wilderness Safaris.

The location of Ongava Tented Camp is ideal for those who value privacy above all else. The partially-fenced, 75,000 acre Ongava Game Reserve is exclusive, with just four camps accommodating very few visitors. It's located close enough to Etosha National Park to allow for easy access, though guests at Ongava Tented Camp will typically spend most of their time on the reserve, where game viewing is excellent. Though the concentration of many species isn't as high in Ongava as in the main national park, lion, cheetah, leopard, black and white rhino, as well as the usual plains game, can all be seen. The camp also has the advantage of overlooking a floodlit waterhole, which attracts plentiful wildlife during the dry season, including the occasional rhino or big cat.

Ongava Tented Camp is a very high quality bush camp. It is small and exclusive, with just ten traditional Meru-style tents, accommodating a maximum of 20 guests. The tents are built on raised platforms and overlook either the surrounding bush or the floodlit waterhole. The main public area is a permanent structure of stone and thatch, and comprises bar and lounge, separate dining area, and, outside on a raised deck, a small swimming pool.

Activities at Ongava include guided walks and night drives around the reserve, and game drives during the day into Etosha National Park. The walking safaris are best organised in advance.


Ongava's walk-in tents are spacious and generously furnished. The camp uses permanent, canvas side tents, which are accessed via double wooden doors. They open at the front onto a shaded veranda, and at the back onto a bathroom with open-air shower.


Dinner is served under the stars overlooking the waterhole, or in the dining room around the communal dining table. Local drinks and house wines are included, and dinner is typically preceded by a drink around the fire pit.


- Swimming pool
- Stone and thatched communal area with bar and dining room
- Reference library
- Spotting scope
- Open fire


- Game drives on Ongava’s reserve or in the Etosha National Park
- Guided walking safaris
- Rhino tracking

Child Policy

Children over the age of twelve can be accommodated, however those under sixteen may be restricted from taking part in walking safaris or rhino tracking for safety reasons.