Onguma The Fort – Etosha – Namibia

Hugging the eastern side of the Etosha National Park is the unique Onguma The Fort, one of the most distinctive lodges in Africa. A Moroccan-Afro designed lodge set on a large flat plain speckled with Camel Thorn trees and wide-open vistas. This is the perfect base from which to explore the stark beauty of Etosha, one of Africa’s great game reserves.

Moorish Elegance

11 Bush Suites, 1 Honeymoon Suite and a grand Sultan Suite make up the luxury accommodation at Onguma The Fort. Each suite offers complete privacy, with approximately 50m between each unit, and views out onto the savannah. Air-conditioned in the summer heat and warmed by roaring fires in the winter. Large wooden decks provide the perfect spot for some game viewing from your suite.

Camp Kipwe Suite


Onguma The Fort is set on the private 34,000ha Onguma Nature Reserve bordering the Etosha National Park. Daily safaris in open 4×4 safari vehicles into the national park and on the lodge’s own nature reserve. Self-drive clients can also use Onguma The Fort as a base from which to explore Etosha at their leisure in the own vehicle.

Desert Elephants Kipwe

A little extra…

An optional visit to the wonderful Onkolo Hide is available to guests staying at the Onguma Lodges. This great hide at ground level allows guests to sit quietly and watch the wildlife come and go, and offers wonderful photographic opportunities. During the summer months it is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Kipwe Sundowners


Contact us for the best rates for Onguma The Fort

What’s included:

  • Accommodation in chosen suite type

  • Breakfast and dinner on DBB basis / All meals on Fully Inclusive basis

  • 2 daily safari activities (only on fully inclusive basis)

  • Select local drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic including room mini bar (fully inclusive rate only)

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Onguma

  • Lunch and drinks (unless on Fully Inclusive option)

  • Daily 4×4 Safaris (unless on Fully Inclusive option)

  • Items of personal expense – i.e. laundry, telephone calls etc

  • Walking safaris and visits to the hide.

  • Rhino Conservation Levy

Wildlife highlights:

  • Elephant

  • Black Rhino

  • Lion

  • Leopard

  • Zebra

  • Giraffe

When to visit:

  • January – April: Summer months, this arid area is covered in bright green grasses and beautiful clear light. Temperatures can be very hot. Not the best time for game viewing (except generally lots of young animals around), but best period for birding.

  • May – July: Winter months, sunny skies and warm days but cold nights. Little chance of rain. Sightings of wildlife increase.

  • August – October: Late dry season, temperatures warming up and hot by October. The terrain is at it’s driest and this is the best time for viewing game which comes in search of any remaining water sources. Offers some of the best wildlife photographic opportunities anywhere. Accommodation is often fully booked a year in advance during this period – book early.

  • November – December: Usually marks the arrival of summer rains with higher temperatures. The bush starts turning green and animal sightings become less frequent but the migratory birds start returning.

  • Onguma The Fort is in a malaria-free area


  • January – Average High 31ºC (88ºF) / Average Low 18ºC (64ºF) / Average days with rain 12

  • April – Average High 28ºC (82ºF) / Average Low 15ºC (59ºF) / Average days with rain 5

  • July – Average High 24ºC (75ºF) / Average Low 8ºC (46ºF) / Average days with rain 0

  • October – Average High 33ºC (91ºF) / Average Low 18ºC (64ºF) / Average days with rain 3