Facing out over the Etosha and Fisher’s Pans, the fort is renowned for its sunsets. Here the glowing shades of the blazing sun strike mirror images off the water, creating a duplicated affect that shimmers deep into the fading light like an echo.
Lodge and Accommodation
Studded with Camel Thorn trees and vast wooden decks, The Fort is a taste of Morocco in the middle of Africa. The square, clayed design of shifting levels protrudes into the environment, camouflaging itself among the sandy expanses. The cubic detail of the door’s intricate design open up onto stone walls, pinned with ornate light fixtures and a spacious style that allows the outside wonders to flood in through vast windows.
Guests can unwind on the comfortable furnishings or spend an evening beside the lantern-lit pool, where the charm of the reed window shutters and the shape of Moroccan design meet in splendid harmony.
The 11 Mini Suites peel off into the northern and southern branches of the lodge. Each has a private viewing deck looking out into the marshy waters of the Fisher Pan or the vast tracts of untouched land, where you’re bound to see animals parading by. The suites are air-conditioned and carry inside and outdoor shower areas. But it’s the interior’s passionate, vibrant décor that will captivate your senses and keep you in a state of quiet bliss.
The Honeymoon Suite offers a little more space and luxury, whilst the Sultan Suite sits in the Main Tower, where you’ll have unrivalled views of the landscape in the expansive, stone-floored rooms.
Activities and Wildlife
With more than 300 species of birdlife within its borders, innumerable game and the Big 5 animals of Africa, Onguma provides the authentic wildlife experience you’ve been waiting for. Choose to experience the morning safaris, where you’ll traverse vast stretches of different biomes, where the game of the park regularly pass on their morning errands.
The sundowner drive will sate your thirst as the sun goes down. Here, as night approaches, the animals flourish into activity and you treble your chances of making that prized sighting. Expert guides and trackers take you out on bush walks, where you’ll learn where to look for spoor and other markings, seeing how the landscape paints a picture of each mammal that has passed through its channels.
If you’re patient, a visit to the Onkolo Hide will provide you with ample viewings of birdlife and mammals alike, as they drink from the pan’s cool waters, satisfying their thirsts. Private game drives are another option available, where you customise the trips to your liking. You dictate the hours you’re out and the direction you’d like to explore.