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Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge

Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge

Aoba is a camp in the Onguma Collection of lodges and is located in the Onguma Game Reserve. This private game reserve is the only private reserve on the eastern boundary of Nambia’s iconic Etosha National Park. Bordering on Fischer’s Pan, this location offers easy access to Etosha, Namibia’s premier wildlife hotspot.

Onguma Game Reserve stretches across 34,000 hectares of protected land. Plains game such as kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, and impala roam freely, and predators including lion, cheetah, and leopard are frequently sighted. The reserve even boasts its own family of Black Rhino! During the Namibian summer months, when the rains have finally come, the park becomes a birdwatcher's paradise. Over 300 bird species migrate to the wetlands and the once-dry riverbeds.

In the indigenous San (Bushman) language, the word aoba means “when the sun goes down.” It was in 1993 that George Zimmermann, his wife Uli, and a few friends were watching a particularly spectacular sunset over Fischer’s Pan, when George said to them, “If our dream comes true, I will give this name to our lodge." His dream came true, and today Aoba is open to visitors. The lodge accommodations are four free standing, air-conditioned “luxury bungalows” and six thatched “comfort bungalows.” All the bungalows offer large twin beds with separate mattresses, mosquito netting, a private terrace with seating, shower/toilet, "bush-mini bar,” ceiling fan, and tea/coffee facilities.

The common area has a swimming pool, thatched bar, lounge, and dining area that overlooks a small waterhole. Dinner under the stars is on the menu most nights, and do not fail to take advantage of the well stocked wine cellar. Let Aoba pamper you with inventive German/Namibian cuisine made from the finest Namibian products. The tastiest game dishes are served by candlelight as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush. Vegetarians are well-catered for as well. During the meal you can watch Damara dik-diks, common duiker, warthog, kudu, and zebra at the illuminated waterhole.

Apart from the essential game drives, Etosha Aoba offers a nature trail along a dry river bed. The trees and bushes are numbered along the two-kilometer walk, and interesting information on each is available. At the watering hole there is a small hide from which you can see and not be seen while the animals go about their day. Morning and afternoon guided game drives are available, with the afternoon drive ending with “sundowners” on the open plains.

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