Boasting a variety of plains species including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, zebra and impala as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, the vast Etosha National Park has been a protected area for over 100 years and has some of Namibia’s best game viewing. A visit to Onguma Tented Camp includes visits to Etosha National Park but more importantly it offers an exclusive game viewing experience on the expansive Onguma Reserve, a private wildlife concession on the Eastern border of the Park with over thirty different species of animals, 300 bird species and a family of black rhino.
2015 price estimate: $3250 per person
DAY 1: Arrival in Onguma
After the completion of your exciting Kaokoveld Safari, you will be transferred to the Twyfelfontein Airstrip where you will be introduced to your pilot for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Onguma Private Game reserve. Upon landing at Mokuti Airstrip you will be met by a representative of Onguma who will transfer you to Onguma Tented Camp in time for lunch. After lunch and freshening up you can embark on an afternoon game drive on the Onguma Reserve.
Situated on the eastern side of Etosha and borders Fisher’s Pan. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 49,500 acres of protected land and wildlife. The nature reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more roam freely, as well as predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, being common residents of the area. Onguma Game Reserve is now also proud to be home to a family of black rhinos! More than 300 bird species can also be viewed at Onguma. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp. [BLD]
DAY 2-3: Etosha National Park and Onguma Game Reserve
You will spend the morning exploring the eastern section of Etosha National Park on a guided game drive before returning to Onguma for lunch. In the afternoon you have the option to join another game drive on the private reserve or you can spend the afternoon at leisure and relax at camp.
Etosha National Park covers 8600 square miles of which approximately 1900 square miles is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at over 1800 square miles in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola to induce floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system.
The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.
Overnight for two nights at Onguma Tented Camp. [BLD]
DAY 4: Departure
Go on one last morning game drive before you depart to Windhoek. You will be transferred to Mokuti Airstrip by a representative from Onguma Tented Camp and board another light aircraft back to Windhoek in time to check in for your ongoing flight. A representative will meet you at the airport to say goodbye. [B]