Little Ongava: The Lowdown

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When we’re writing about Namibia it’s rather hard not to go into repetitive hyperbole. The views are pretty glorious everywhere, and many of the lodges are seriously lovely. However with Little Ongava we’d really struggle to find any other words. Quite simply it’s one of the most beautiful lodges in the country, and even our seasoned reviewer was ready to drop everything and take up residence in the plunge pool when she saw the view.

What’s Little Ongava Really Like?

Little Ongava is the sister of nearby Ongava Lodge and sits on the same exclusive game reserve outside Etosha National Park. Little Ongava has only three suites sharing a main sitting area, so it feels really private and exclusive. The rooms themselves are gorgeous, in fact, it’s quite hard to actually leave them. The bedrooms themselves are vast with huge folding doors that open out to take in the view. Next door there’s a bathroom with a tub to soak away the safari dust in, and outside on the deck there’s a lovely plunge pool. On the other side, there’s a sitting room where you could easily spend a few hours curled up with a book.  Meals are served over in the main lodge, and are of a fairly fine dining style. One thing is for sure- if there is an opportunity to feed you, the Namibians will take it!

What Can I do at Little Ongava?

The Ongava Reserve is particularly known for its rhino sightings- a sadly endangered species these days, as well as its lion populations. Generally you will mix your game drives between the privacy of the reserve, and the busier, but wildlife-packed public Etosha National Park. There are also walking safaris on the reserve, as well as a hide down near the waterhole which is shared with Ongava Lodge. If you’re feeling a like a gentle afternoon, and your plunge pool doesn’t appeal, this is a great spot to sit with a cold drink and your camera for a few hours.

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