“A uniquely spoiling lodge for just 6 guests, set atop a rocky outcrop at the heart of the Ongava Reserve, 5 hours north of Windhoek”
The 3 suites at Little Ongava - 2 have French twin beds, the third a kingsize double - are reached by way of raised wooden walkways which thread their way between dolomite boulders and ancient acacias. They are vast living spaces, each encompassing a high-ceilinged bedroom, open-plan sitting room and a bathroom whose all-glass walls enhance the sense of stylish space: you can luxuriate in your roll-top tub whilst taking in the vast panorama that stretches out towards Etosha.
The earthy brown and ochre of the suites' colour schemes is evocative of the colours of the Ongava bushveld, whilst a seamless mix of pole, thatch, stone, glass and canvas bears the stamp of one of Namibia's leading interior designers. Each one comes with a full quotient of creature comforts like air-con, a tea and coffee station, safety box and bar fridge.
The same luxurious vibe spills over into the fabulous bathrooms where you'll find twin surface-top porcelain sinks set atop rough-hewn surfaces, an outdoor as well as indoor shower, piles of towels and flannels as well as a generous selection of soaps, gels, creams and shampoos.
However, the suites' top feature has to be their big wooden decks and private drop-rim plunge pools. If you find it difficult to drag yourself away from this delectable spot, don't worry: you can choose to have any of your meals served up right here.
All meals at Little Ongava are moveable feasts. The easy, intimate mood of the lodge is conducive to striking up new friendships with fellow guests, so the chances are you'll be happy to share dinner at the main lodge's single table: whenever the weather is right it will be laid up beneath the stars on the main deck. But should you want to dine a deux, just ask: supper can also be served in the intimacy of your private suite, inside or out.
Arriving guests are asked about their dietary predilections and menus can be adopted accordingly. Dinner is served at 8pm and is the focus of your culinary day at Little Ongava: you may choose to make your way across to the main lodge a little earlier for a sundowner in the company of your fellow guests. Expect a 4-course meal: soup, salad, a choice of white or red meat - much of it game - and a dessert, accompanied by a house red or white served à volonté. If you'd prefer a more special wine there's a small selection of reds, whites and rosés from South Africa. After dinner, coffee and tea are served round a boma fire where talk will almost certainly be of animals, stars and the wonders of travelling in Namibia.
If your game drive is going to take you into Etosha Park, lunch will take the form of a picnic (this ensures you get a maximum amount of time at the Park's extraordinary watering holes), whilst back at the lodge you can expect a light, 2-course meal plus tea and cake at 4pm. Expect a combination of continental and English-style breakfasts before you set out on your game drives, which get on the go from 5.30am onwards.
Little Ongava is a family friendly camp and accepts children aged 8 and above, but you will need to pay extra for a private vehicle for excursions. 8-12 year olds are on a discounted rate and 13+ are charged at full rates
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available