Onkolo Hide at Onguma

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The Onkolo Hide

stamp3The hide, which is situated in the Onguma Game Reserve near Etosha National Park in Namibia , is an exceptional eye-level facility that will be great for groups of up to 5 people.

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What you will see

The reserve has elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah and much more. There is a chance of seeing lions at the hide, which tend to lie in wait in the thicket. Mostly, expect impala, zebra, giraffe, springbok, kudu, jackals, warthogs and kori bustards as well as numerous small birds.

When to visit

The hides are at their best from April onwards until November and the start of the rains.

What it costs

The hide is only open to guests staying in the various camps at Onguma including the very affordable Tamboti Campsite. It costs R320 a session to visit the hide, and the hide is reached by vehicle.

Photographers need to know

The hide is approximately 6 meters from the edge of the water. Long lenses in the 300mm to 600mm range are great for birds and approaching wildlife. Larger game at the waterhole requires a wider lens like 70-200mm for full-body portraits.  The hide faces south and is most productive around midday when many animals come to drink. Early mornings and late afternoons have great light and lots of bird life. A tripod with a gimbal head or a monopod works best. You can use a beanbag on the window ledge, but movements near the window can spook animals.