Enjoy this fun video of one man's light-hearted journey through Namibia - experiencing her diverse landscapes and unique people! Really worth a watch!
“New” Onguma Bush Camp
Onguma Bush Camp recently welcomed its first guests in the newly rebuilt and styled camp on the 34 000 hectare Onguma Reserve, Etosha, Namibia.
Bush Camp now offers 19 rooms, new dinning and guest areas and a truly impressive waterhole that dominates the camp. All the charm and character of the original camp has been kept while offering more accommodation and larger areas for relaxing and socializing. The two family loft rooms and 6 new view rooms are a welcome addition to the camp offering uninterrupted views over the waterhole and savannah. With the multiple decks and viewing nooks in the dining and lounge area, guests don’t have to leave the camp to see game – all the action happens in front of their eyes. Onguma Bush Camp still remains the only fenced in camp in the Reserve and is therefore ideally suited for family travel.
“Bush Camp has so much to offer guests: stunning views across the waterhole, game viewing without leaving your arm chair, delicious meals and a warm friendly welcome. What more can you ask for?” André Louw, creator and owner.
Onguma Reserve now boasts 5 unique lodges for guests to choose from, catering to every traveler’s individual needs:
The Fort (13 suites)– iconic style and elegance, dramatic and commanding. Ideal for luxury seekers and discerning travelers.
Tented Camp (7 tents) – intimate small camp, bush-chic. Ideal for romantics yearning for an Under-Canvas Safari experience.
Tree Top (4 tree houses) – rustic safari on stilts, ideal for small parties travelling together.
Bush Camp (19 rooms) – catering to families with classic safari styling, offering space and a large waterhole with perimeter fence.
Etosha Aoba (12 rooms) – traditional bush lodge with warm hospitality and superb wine cellar.
More about Onguma Reserve:
Originally part of the greater Etosha Game Reserve, Onguma is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets. Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s pan.
The reserve covers an area of 34 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds.
The reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely on the reserve and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. Lions are frequently seen and often heard. There is a healthy black rhino and leopard population and hyenas are also often spotted.
More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.
I have just returned from a 2 week sales trip to the USA - SAA Roadshow on the East Coast and sales calls in New York.
The overall sense of travel in the USA was surprisingly optimistic. Numbers are however drastically down from 2008, but most agents are seeing a slow return of business. One operator, was definitely confident that this year will end better than the year before and was doing lots of quoting for 2012 to Africa and trusting it will convert.
However, having said that, business to Namibia is slow and not prolific. The majority of the agents who attended the workshops were incredibly eager to learn more about the country, logistics and
general conditions, but all admitted that they were not getting many requests forNamibia, and if they did, they didn’t feel confident to sell it. Clients don’t generally walk into an agency requesting Namibia, it needs some selling. I certainly found it a harder trip than any other I had done to the USA from a selling/conversion perspective and attribute this to the economic climate and the lack of exposure of Namibia, as a destination, to the market.
The Namibian Tourism Board have big plans to run a large campaign in North America in 2012 and are gearing up their collateral and resources. This can only benefit Namibian properties and we have to ensure we ride the wave of consumer awareness they create for us. Continued education of the agents and exposure of the destination to the consumer, is vital to ensure growth in this geographic market.
I recently travelled in Namibia and stayed over at Belvedere Boutique Hotel, in Klein Windhoek, Namibia.
It was stylishly decorated and as a single woman traveller, I felt both pampered by my surroundings as well as safe and comfortable.
Breakfast is served downstairs in a small breakfast room overlooking the garden. It was fresh and extensive, served with fresh and delicious coffee.
I can highly recomend it!
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I have just returned from a week in Namibia - Eastern Etosha to be exact. This incredible country has so much to offer, that I thought I would start sharing some fun facts and observations with you.
On your way from Windhoek to Etosha, just about at the time when you need some sustinance, is a little town of Otjiwarongo. Caught in a delightfull time-warp is a German bakery: Dampfbackerei & Cafe O. Carstensesen on St George's Street (Tel 067-302326).
Do pop in for a meal and take some pastries for the road!
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