Ohorongo Game Reserve is a 40,000-hectare wilderness area in Namibia’s Highlands, sandwiched between Etosha National Park to the northeast and Swakopmund to the south. For over 50 years, this protected area has been preserving the natural integrity of the unique landscape through a sustainable safari model that allows guests to immerse and connect with an ancient land. The Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, to the west of Ohorongo, are home to a specially adapted population of desert lions and elephants that defy expectations, while Etosha National Park, to the northeast, is teeming with wildlife.
Ohorongo Game Reserve is located 300 kilometres north of Windhoek and is easily accessible by road or air. The reserve has two airstrips for charter flights to accommodate guests arriving at either Ohorongo Safari Lodge or Ohorongo Tented Camp.
Ohorongo's diverse landscapes make it an ideal habitat for a variety of mammal species that thrive on thornveld vegetation as well as those that survive the harsher elements of this arid region of Africa. Ohorongo Game Reserve is home to some of Africa's most sought-after predators, including leopard, brown hyena, and cheetah, as well as Namibia's desert-adapted predators. Special sightings include bat-eared foxes and aardwolves, in addition to the iconic African predators.
Most notably, Ohorongo's 50-year wildlife conservation history has made it a stronghold for the rare sable antelope, as well as roan and black-faced impala. The plains are home to gemsbok (oryx), Hartmann's mountain zebra, springbok, and giraffe, among other antelope, and black rhinos are some of the most spectacular animals to see in this special place.
Namibian birdlife is unique, and the country has long drawn birdwatchers, researchers, and tourists in search of birds. Ohorongo's unique arid savanna and semi-desert landscape, as well as the reserve's rocky gorges and outcrops, highlight a variety of bird habitats.
Shrikes, sparrow-weavers, hornbills, starlings, parrots, waxbills, larks, korhaans, cisticolas, francolins, buzzards, owls, goshawks, and eagles are among the bird families found in Namibia's northwestern highlands.
Winter - the driest months - from about July to October is the best time for game viewing. Wildlife congregates around waterholes, making it easier to spot them and predict their movements. Early mornings and late nights can be bitterly cold, necessitating the use of headgear, gloves, and multiple layers of clothing.
The rainy season is brief and does not normally affect the desert regions of the west, but during January and February, the vegetated landscapes reshape into greenery and old dormant riverbeds spring to life, which is cause for celebration throughout the country.
Game drives take guests into the Ohorongo Game Reserve to explore, day or night, and because the reserve is privately owned, night drives can extend well into the moonlight. Sundowners at scenic viewpoints overlooking the enchanting landscape are an integral part of afternoon drives and are frequently the highlight of the guest experience.
Guided safari walks are perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of an Ohorongo safari. Discovering this place of history - both animal and human - on foot provides a unique perspective on the world, and under the expert guidance of Ohorongo guides, you'll understand what part of the big picture you're a part of.
Ohorongo Game Reserve boasts two accommodation options with amazing facilities and amenities to enjoy an African outdoor experience.