Onguma The Fort

Africa Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
Onguma The Fort - Namibia
25 May 2023

Onguma Safari Camps is situated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, in friendly Namibia. Onguma offers great game viewing, romance, tranquility, adventure and so much more! With 5 lodges, two campsites and 34 000 hectares of private wilderness to explore, Onguma has an accommodation option that is just right for you!

Etosha National Park is a national park in the north west of Namibia. Proclaimed a park in 1907 its home to 4 of the Big 5 and offers amazing game sightings all year round. Book your stay with us at Onguma and enjoy a day trip into the park lead by one of our knowledgable guides.

The Fort is unlike any other, the only one of its kind in Namibia. It is built in exactly the right spot to give guests probably one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia – overlooking the beautiful scarceness of the Etosha Pans, decorated only with its wild animals and hundreds of Camel Thorn trees.

Upon arriving at The Fort, you will be received by not only our friendly staff, but also massive raw walls, stunning stone cladded features and a huge tower with views toward Etosha and Fisher’s Pan.

The Fort will surprise you at every corner; a classical African feel combined with a touch of Moroccan and Indian flavours, characterised by a selection of the most beautiful antique windows and doors.

Accommodation at Onguma – The Fort consists of The Sultan Suite, which is located within the Main Tower Building. 11 Bush Suites and 1 honeymoon Suite, all situated adjacent to the Main Fort extending on both sides to the south and the north.

Every Bush Suite is completely private and about 50 meters apart from one another and is equipped with a bar fridge, and an air-conditioner for those warmer days.

The spacious bathroom has both an inside shower as well as an outside shower area. From every area of the room, wooden decks lead you towards the outside seating area and sun loungers for just relaxing and enjoying the extraordinary view.

In addition, the one and only Sultan Suite is situated inside the Main Tower of the main complex. It has a large beautifully designed bedroom that leads into a lounge area and out onto a small private viewing deck.

The lounge is equipped with a satellite television system, a bar fridge and telephone facilities. And for those warm evenings, you have an air-conditioner as well. The large bathroom has a wonderful open shower area, as well as a bath in which to relax and reflect upon your day’s experiences.

Onguma Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness and is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species and even 4 of the “Big 5”. After enjoying a game drive into Etosha National Park in the morning, you have several options to choose from when you return to your camp.

For that wild experience, why not enjoy breakfast in the bush away from the camp. Enjoy an al fresco breakfast in the middle of the bush surrounded by the wilderness overlooking the vast open plains with Fischers Pan in the distance.

On offer is an array of fresh seasonal fruits, cereals, yoghurt, pastries and an assortment of cheeses & cold meat cuts on display. This is accompanied by a hot egg dish cooked by your team of private chefs on an open fire with optional fried sides typically bacon & tomatoes not to forget the freshly baked bread baked taken straight from the coals.

At Onguma we love our bush meals. We invite you to experience the unique splendour of bush dining while you’re with us. As they say everything tastes better in the open air and this is even more true when enjoying your meal in the middle of the Namibian bush!

Whether it’s an early morning breakfast at the start of a brand new African day or dinner under a blanket of a million stars with the distance cries of animals in the air and the smells of a fire cooked meal wafting over from the pop-up bush kitchen.

These are the genuine moments that make you feel truly connected to the wilderness. We offer two venues to host these experiences namely “The Boma” for larger parties or “The Kraal” for a more intimate dining experience.

The word Boma dates back to pre-colonial Africa and was used in many parts of the African Great Lakes region, including Central and Southern African. The word actually originates from Swahili and is traditionally known as an enclosure, a stockade or fort used to protect people’s livestock (usually sheep and cattle).

It was typically built out of branches knit together.
The Boma has long become a part of the African culture, where a fire is lit, delicious foods are prepared and friends and family gather around the fire to eat, drink and share in storytelling.

Noun – Kraal (also spelled craal or kraul) is an Afrikaans and Dutch word, also used in South African English, for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock, located within a Southern African settlement or village surrounded by a fence of thorn-bush branches, a palisade, mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form. It is similar to a boma in eastern or central Africa.

This enclosure has wonderful views over the plains and Fischers Pan where animals roam freely and the best sunsets on Onguma can be found. An open fire and comfortable beanbags complete the picture for a memorable experience.

Indulge in a decadent dining experience in the bush. Enjoy a short nature drive and watch the setting sun before arriving at your destination for the evening. Welcomed by a crackling fire, fine wines and the scent of delicious food being prepared.

The scattered hanging lanterns offering an enchanting atmosphere as you unwind around the communal fire on luxurious beanbags and enjoy a toast to another wonderful day in Africa. A truly unforgettable experience. You will be hosted by our team of enthusiastic staff and chefs who create scrumptious al fresco meals, preparing the evening dinner on an open fire.

There is no better way to experience the African bush than around a crackling fire, under the night skies, sharing stories, laughter and experiences. As a special treat, roast marshmallows, while watching the flickering flames dance idly and mesmerizing in the fire.

As the flames turn to embers, a final nightcap is served to end another spectacular evening out in the bush A minimum of 2 people is needed to book this experience.

Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, and refers to a flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km².

The ‘Pan’ (overlooked by the Onguma Reserve) provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub.

The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. Our Etosha Game drives take guests into the Etosha National Park in the mornings and afternoons and are guided by our expert guides and in our open-sided vehicles.

There are close on 114 species of mammal in Etosha. They include the black-faced impala – there are no southern impala in the park – and the threatened black and white rhino. There are however no buffalo, hippo, crocodile or monkeys, but there is enough to keep you enthralled on a game drive.

Onguma Nature Reserve consists of 34 000 hectares of Namibian wilderness & is home to numerous plains game, more than 300 bird species and even 4 of the Big 5. Joining an Onguma Sundowner drives is the perfect way to end your day.

The Reserve incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.

The Reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the Reserve and predators although not always easy to spot, are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions and Cheetahs are frequently seen and often heard.

There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often seen and heard. All of which can be spotted during our Sundowner Drives. Join us on an afternoon sundowner nature drive on the Onguma Reserve where our expert guides will explain the many intricacies of the bush.

Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Namibian bush by conducting an early morning leisurely walk accompanied by one of our experienced armed rangers.

Our interpretive bush walks will bring you closer to nature by exposing you to the intimate detail of our surroundings. It is a chance to exist for a period of time in the original, primitive atmosphere of the wilderness; to watch from a respectful distance the intimate lives of wild animals of the African bushveld.

Onguma’s fabulous new water-level hide affords guests a great opportunity to calmly sit and enjoy nature unobserved. Amateur and professional photographers alike love the angles and light from this equipped hide.

There is a small ablution facility nearby Onkolo Hide, benches from which to view the surroundings and lots of windows and vantage points for creative camera angles.

The Dream Cruiser is Onguma’s newest and most exciting addition for adventurers, romantics and those who like being close to nature will love this new experience. Custom built onto a Land Cruiser, it offers guests the opportunity to spend a romantic and / or adventurous night in the wilderness of the reserve.

Built on two levels, the Dream Cruiser features a full bathroom downstairs complete with shower, flush toilet and basin whilst the upper deck features a bedroom with lounge area. A ranger is on call via a two-way radio so make the most of this time and relax in the safety and complete comfort of this unique space.

A night on the Dream Cruiser calls for al fresco dining as the sun sets over Onguma and the evening sounds start to come alive. Guests will find a picnic-style selection of food and pre-selected chilled drinks on offer. (If you are celebrating, ask about our special wine or champagne.)

The bed offers the opportunity to either have a roof with 180-degree views, or to sleep under the vast and awe-inspiring starry Namibian night skies. In the morning, guests enjoy morning coffee / tea with homemade rusks / biscuits before being collected and taken to their lodge for breakfast.

Enjoy the Sound of Silence at our Onguma Sanctuary while relaxing with any of the unique therapeutic and wellness treatments. Below are just some of our treatments available in our Onguma Spa’s. Please be sure to book your treatments in advance to avoid disappointment. Download the full spa menu down below.

A relaxing hot oil scalp massage that promotes hair growth and scalp health, releases tension in the head and neck area aiding in better sleep, healthy hair and stress reduction. Using Namibian Ximenia oil which is a super emollient and deeply nourishing for hair and scalp.

A deep pore cleansing facial that uses Men’s facial products to penetrate the skin to remove dirt and debris that accumulates in the pores to achieve a clear and radiant complexion. Leaving the skin feeling deeply clean, ultra-refreshed and completely revived.

Rooms: 12
Price: from 745 EUR per night


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