Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp

If building tents, shared showers and dust are not your thing, we suggest you try “glamping” in Africa. It is like camping but just so, so, so much better. 

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia

What is Glamping?

Glamping is like camping but only better. Glamorous camping brings together the best of camping and luxury travel, allowing guests to intimately experience a destination while enjoying all the creature comforts they might expect at a 5-star resort.

Imagine waking up in your tented camp, throwing on a soft white robe and slippers and stepping onto a private deck overlooking an African waterhole. As the sun rises you kick back and watch as animals come and go while sipping on freshly brewed coffee.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Sitting on the deck outside our tent watching the day start at the waterhole.

Sitting on the deck outside our tent watching the day start at the waterhole.

Or escape the midday heat of the African sun in a refreshing plunge pool with views of a storm brewing on the horizon. Order cocktails in the shade of an African thorn tree and snack on the afternoon tea platter of cakes and coffee.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Cooling off under the African sky.

Cooling off under the African sky.

And when night falls and romance calls? Surprise a special someone with a thousand candles (not to be outdone by the African sky – filled with a thousand stars). Enjoy a long relaxing bubble bath with a view or a private outdoor shower under the night sky.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - A bit of a fire hazard but romantic as hell.

A bit of a fire hazard but romantic as hell.

Glamping in Africa – Onguma Tented Camp

After spending two weeks sleeping in the back of Adam’s Mercedes Benz panel van (Carlito the Vito) we finally arrived at Onguma – an oasis of luxury bordering Etosha National Park, Namibia, on the East.

About Onguma

Located on a 34,000 hectare private game reserve and a short drive from the Etosha’s Eastern gates, the Onguma Tented Camp is the ideal spot from where to enjoy Etosha in luxury. With only 7 luxury tents – this is an exclusive and private experience like no other.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Orange skies over Onguma Tented Camp

Orange skies over Onguma Tented Camp

Amenities

The 7 luxury tents fringe a spectacular waterhole and all have private decks where guests can sit and enjoy the stunning views. Even though tents are all built in quite close proximity to each other, each tent is very private – making it easy to forget about other guest. Expect comfortable beds with mosquito nets, ample plug points, hairdryers, tea/ coffee, an oversized bath and both and indoor and outdoor shower.

The communal areas include:

  • a stunning plunge pool, where guests can enjoy poolside cocktails
  • a comfortable lounge area, where afternoon tea/ coffee/ cakes are served
  • an elegant dining area, where buffet breakfast and set menu lunches/ dinners are served
  • many cozy spots to sit and enjoy the company of other guests during rain storms or watch a roaring fire at night with a local beer in hand

The entire property has access to wifi and (though it is not super fast) it was definitely the best internet we experienced in Namibia. Let’s be honest though – who needs to stream anything when you have Africa right on your doorstep?

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Sitting around the fire chatting to the very friendly manager, Pieter

Sitting around the fire chatting to the very friendly manager, Pieter

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Left: A large bath in every private tent. Right: The communal lounge where afternoon coffee and cakes are served.

Left: A large bath in every private tent. Right: The communal lounge where afternoon coffee and cakes are served.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Celebrating an African Christmas (the fire place was a bit unnecessary)

Celebrating an African Christmas (the fire place was a bit unnecessary)

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - The dining area

The dining area

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - The friendly (but camera shy) staff

The friendly (but camera shy) staff

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - Not your typical camping food.

Not your typical camping food.

Bookings

You can book your stay at Onguma’s Tented Camp online here.

But if the Tented Camp does not match your budget or travel needs, Onguma has a few other lodges on the same property that might (listed below from most to least expensive):

  • The Fort – ultra-exclusive, Moroccan-inspired suites
  • Tree Top Camp – like the Tented Camp, this offers a glamping experience but with a little bit more camping and little bit less luxury up in the trees
  • Bush Camp – geared towards families with a games room and loads of space
  • Aoba Lodge – featuring bungalows and colonial-inspired decor
  • Tamboti Luxury Campsite – real camping just outside Etosha offering top-class camping facilities at a much better rate than the campsites inside Etosha

Thank you Onguma!

We loved every minute of our stay at the Onguma Tented Camp. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Namibia and a welcome change from the back of the panel van. We would like to thank Onguma for making our stay possible and for welcoming us with true Namibia charm.

Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - This sure beats camping

This sure beats camping

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Glamping in Africa: Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia - If roughing it is not your style, why not try glamping in Africa. We spent two nights at the luxurious Onguma Tented Camp, near Etosha, Namibia.