These comfortable lodges are set on a 125-square-mile private reserve adjoining Etosha National Park, which is famous for predators, plus desert-adapted antelope. Ongava Lodge affords dramatic views across the plains and a floodlit waterhole and comprises a sizable pool, a dining room, a bar and 14 air-conditioned chalets with glass doors that lead onto covered verandas. Little Ongava, favored by families or friends traveling together, is a separate lodge of just three luxurious suites, each with a private plunge pool, a large sitting room with a fireplace and an outdoor sala. Both properties offer guests dedicated guides. Nature walks, rhino-tracking excursions and birding outings can be arranged. Guests under age 6 are not permitted at either lodge. For families traveling with children under the age of 12, a private vehicle must be booked.
The Ongava Research Centre is a privately funded facility dedicated to the study of the ecosystem. Its rhino-breeding program has resulted in an increase in the population from six in 1995 to more than 35 today.