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Travel Jun 14, 2024

Perfect Hideways: The Fort at Onguma

Situated on a conservancy bordering the world-renowned Etosha National Park, The Fort at Onguma offers the sensational experience of watching giraffe meander past to nibble on the Camel Thorn trees as you sip sundowners by the pool. Its rather exotic architectural style is said to be Moroccan-Afro but it’s part riad, part desert fort with interiors that are decadent yet understated.


Onguma, Lodge photography, David Rogers, 2018

Every private bungalow opens to the surrounding savannah and many have views of the permanent water hole overlooking Fisher’s Pan, inviting lazy days quietly observing wildlife in their natural habitat. The living area is lofty and breezy, opening to the impressive pool with drinks tables for cooling off between game drives. The rooftop deck is the place to head every evening for dramatic African sunsets overlooking Etosha.

Onguma Reserve comprises a staggering 34 000 hectares of bushveld. It’s home to a variety of plains game, over 300 bird species, and all the Big Five – including a recently introduced family of black rhino. Game drives can be done in Etosha National Park and Onguma Reserve, or one can experience an interpretive bush walk followed by a relaxing massage.

Onguma, Lodge photography, David Rogers, 2018

What we love!

  • Staying in a conservancy just outside Etosha National Park allows access to excellent wildlife away from the large tourist groups typical of the national park
  • That game drives are done in small groups, allowing a more personal experience
  • Enjoying an alfresco dinner under the stars to the chorus of lion roaring in the distance

Onguma, Lodge photography, David Rogers, 2018


So, if you’re looking for a Perfect retreat to take in the majesty of the landscape and Safari , be sure to book your stay and visit Perfect Hideaways to find out more.



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