Romance, privacy, and wildlife just east of Etosha's pan

Onguma Reserve is a substantial yet private and intimate safari reserve bordering the Fischer's Pan area on the eastern side of Etosha National Park. This reserve includes striking terrain, with areas of mature acacia forest and mopane scrub and the occasional patch of open grassland. With more than 34.000 hectares of protected land and wildlife, Onguma has fantastic game to observe, including herbivores such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, and impala, and big cats such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. The reserve also hosts a family of black rhinos.


Explore Etosha on a 4x4 safari drive with a professional guide.
Snap photos of the animals as they congregate at the waterhole.
Enjoy sunset drinks overlooking the magnificent Fischer’s Pan.
Get closer to Namibia’s nature on an early morning immersive bush walk.
Watch the trees and skies for some of the 300 different bird species in Onguma.

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Best time to go to Onguma Nature Reserve

The best time to visit Onguma Nature Reserve is during the dry winter months, from July to October. Less water is available during this time and the animals tend to gather around the few sources that are available, allowing easier viewing. Visitors can expect more moderate temperatures, but the reserve is also busier. November to April is less productive for spotting wildlife because the animals tend to scatter during the rains and it’s likely to be very hot, but the park becomes a birdwatcher’s paradise, and the landscape is lush and green.

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Etosha Aoba Lodge

Secluded stay with modern comfort and easy access to Etosha National Park
From$143 /ppn

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