You might have heard: Namibia is not all clay huts and bonfires, but in this case, we can't deny it. Ongula gives you a chance to experience a different side of Namibia. There's more to it than sand dunes, landscapes and wildlife. Queue traditional culture unpolluted by western consumerism and as old as the hills on the distant horizon.
Ongula Village Homestead Lodge is an experience, 30 km from Ondangwa, that avoids the tourist clichés. Here you will get to know the locals while you sip away on a more traditional drink or two. It's all about the Owambo people.
Each thatched hut has a private veranda and WiFi, so don’t worry, you can still relax with the modern ages. The rondawels comprise of a double bed, bathroom with a shower, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station. The rooms are simple and oh so metal, no but really. The beds have a metal frame and the bathrooms are tied together with metallic elements and décor.
Ongula's restaurant serves typical traditional foods. Part of the experience, your waiter telling you about every detail involved in the dish and the history that makes it. Don't forget about the bar, although that would be difficult since a refreshing drink is a must in the heat. Why not try something local? They say you should try everything once.
Around the boma bonfire, if you listen carefully, you can even hear the people dancing and singing at the nearby shabeen. Go see for yourself if you are in the mood, you could even make some new found friends.
One of the most down to earth experiences you could have while in Namibia and if you are lucky, you might even be in time for a traditional wedding or the Marula Festival.
5 thatched rondawels (double or family); en suite bathroom with shower; veranda; mosquito nets; tea and coffee facilities; WiFi; restaurant; bar with traditional food and drinks; boma bonfire
5 shaded campsites with toilets; shower (cold water only) and electricity.
At Ongula, you become part of the village. No this is not the cliché “you are one of us”, but rather the opportunity to actually take part in the lives of those who live in the nearby villages.
Get down and dirty and do some village chores such as cattle herding or cooking.
You can meet the Owambo tribe and learn pottery or basket weaving.
If you want something more “touristy” you could do a day tour to the Nakambale Museum, go to the Ondangwa open craft market and take a tour of the Owambo tribal houses.
For the foodies out there, there is also the option to learn how to make some of the traditional foods and drinks, you may even have sampled the night before.