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Onguma The Fort

Northern Namibia

Rating: Deluxe    

Onguma The Fort overview

Onguma The Fort is an impressive sight with its thick ochre coloured walls, tall tower and huge entrance gates. Interiors are a blend of African, Moroccan and Indian styles, with antique doors, windows and lanterns and red plaster walls. There are two lounges one of which overlooks the waterhole. Both have chairs and sofas strewn with cushions where you can curl up with a book or simply unwind, The bar is a cosy place to enjoy a convivial drink. The dining area has open sides to let you enjoy views of the bush, and meals are also served outdoors. The terrace faces the waterhole and has sunny and shaded areas. There is also a plunge pool and an outdoor bar. The best place to be at sunset is at the top of the tower, where you can witness panoramic views.

A typical day at Onguma The Fort starts with a buffet breakfast followed by a game drive in Etosha National Park, just a 20 minute drive away. Alternatively you can join a guide for a nature walk in Onguma Private Reserve. Either way, you return to The Fort for lunch and to rest during the hottest part of the day. In the later afternoon you have the chance to join a game drive in Ongumja Reserve, and finally, the opportunity of a night drive to see some of the reserve's nocturnal species.   

Suites are designed like mini forts, each set well apart from the other. Thick walls keep them cool though there is also air conditioning so you can regulate the temperature precisely. You'll have a minibar, reference books and telephone for internal communication. The bathroom has his and hers basins, shower and toilet and there's an additional and indulgent outdoor shower. The front of the bedroom has a canvas wall that can be rolled back for views of the pan, and opens on to a private deck with comfy seating. The honeymoon suite is the most secluded and has a lounge, whlie the sultan suite is in the tower of the main building and also has its own lounge, TV and viewing deck.    


Open: Onguma The Fort is open all year.

Location: The Fort is in Onguma Reserve which borders Etosha National Park. It is around a 20 minute drive from the Von Lindequist Gate at Etosha.

Rooms: There are 12 suites, including the honeymoon suite, arranged to either side of the main building and set some 50 metres apart from each other for privacy. They have air conditioning, minibar, safe, telephone, mosquito nets, hairdryer and bathroom with an indoor shower and twin hand basins, and a further outdoor shower, and private terraces with chairs and loungers. The honeymoon suite also has a lounge and TV. There is also the sultan suite, located in the tower of the main fort building and has its own sitting room with satellite TV, bathroom with bath and open air shower, and a private viewing deck as well as same facilities as the other suites.

Activities: Morning game drives in Etosha National Park, sunset, night drives and nature walks in Onguma Reserve. If you have your own car you can access Etosha when you wish, though no self-driving is permitted in Onguma.

Facilities: There are 2 lounges, 1 at the front and 1 at the back of the main building, both with a selection of reference books, and a bar. There’s an open-sided dining room and a large deck facing the waterhole. Nearby is the plunge pool and the outside bar, complete with a shallow pool where you can keep cool while enjoying a drink. The top of the tower has a sitting area from which you can admire the far reaching views. There is a laundry service available at extra charge.

Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables indoors and outside.

Children: Children aged 7 years and upwards are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main bulding and in the suites, there is mobile phone reception.

Notes: Onguma The Fort is also known as Onguma Plains Camp.

Amanda Marks
Tracy Edwards
Dave Lock
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