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Onguma The Fort

Onguma Game Reserve, Etosha National Park / Namibia

Overlooking Etosha Fishers Pan, Onguma The Fort breaks the traditional safari camp mould and is unlike any other lodge in Namibia. This stunning retreat is both contemporary and stylish with Moroccan themes throughout yet it still retains a classic African feel. Providing luxurious accommodation guests will relish the unrivalled sunset views for which the property is renown.

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What to love

  • Experience spectacular sunsets over the expansive Etosha pans from your secluded private deck.
  • The dramatic Moroccan-Afro themed exteriors and interiors provide guests with a safari retreat with a difference.
  • All rooms offer views over the waterhole overlooking Fisher’s Pan in Etosha National Park.
  • The night skies over Onguma Reserve offer magical stargazing opportunities

What to know

  • Join an expert guide on an afternoon sunset nature drive who will explain the many intricacies of the bush to you.
  • The summer months are a spectacular time to view thousands of bird species migrating to the Etosha wetlands; offering perfect photographic opportunities.
  • Join an experienced guide on an early morning bush walk to experience Africa from a new perspective. Track wildlife on foot and take notice of the smallest details.
  • Enjoy delicious dinners served under the stars, in the courtyard or by the lantern lit pool

Description

Overlooking the sparse yet beautiful Etosha Fishers Pan dotted with Camel Thorn trees, Onguma The Fort is located in the private Onguma Reserve, on the Eastern Side of Etosha National Park with a water hole visible from each suite.

This stunning fort-styled lodge with its raw walls and stone clad features, has strong Moroccan influences throughout, including water channels in the main areas that provide natural air conditioning. The huge central tower boasts stunning views toward Etosha and Fishers Pan and guests at the Fort can experience some of the best sunset views in Namibia.

Built in the style of mini forts, the spacious suites are very private and feature beautifully styled cool, airy interiors that continue the Moroccan inspired theme and offer magical views across the plains from their private wooden decks.

Onguma reserve covers an area of over 34,000 ha and is home to over thirty different animal species. Plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely among the savannah, bush veld and dry pan. Predators although not as easy to spot include lion, cheetah leopard and hyena. Onguma is also home to family of black rhino that have been relocated from Etosha National Park and are closely protected and monitored.

Over 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma and the reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise, with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and is one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.

Onguma also supports the Onguma Hei//om Bushmen Trust which has been created to help protect the local community’s traditional way of life and to provide funds for education, sustainable jobs and healthcare provision. At the end of their stay, guests are asked to make a contribution to the trust.

When to travel

The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.

Location

Onguma The Fort is located on the Eastern side of Etosha National Park in Namibia's Onguma Private Game Reserve. One of the world’s largest national parks, Etosha stretches more than 350kms from east to west, covering an area of 22,275 square kms and is home to leopards, lions, cheetahs and black rhinos, providing fantastic game viewing opportunities.

From Windhoek you can take a light aircraft flight (approx. 1 hour 30 minutes) to Onguma's private airstrip near the Fort, where a member of staff will meet you and transfer you to the Fort. Alternatively, if you wish to self-drive from Windhoek it is approx. 530km and takes approx. 5 hours 30 minutes.

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Family

Children under 7 are not permitted at Onguma The Fort and there are no specific family facilities. Families are recommended to stay at the fenced Bush Camp which boasts family rooms and an open pool and lawn areas where children can run around and play freely and a games room for older children.