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Onduruquea Game Lodge – a relaxing retreat

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There is something special about Africa that touches the soul. Its alluring combination of scenery, wildlife and culture captures hearts and imaginations, and creates experiences that will forever be etched in ones memories, and memory cards.

Take 40 000 acres of spectacular Namibian hills, savannahs and dried river beds. Add a diverse range of wildlife, luxurious accommodation, personalised hospitality and delicious food. And you will get Onduruquea Game Lodge.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

The Hide

The lodge is situated 20 kilometres away from the quaint little town of Omaruru, near the Erongo mountains. It makes a great stopover point between the better known areas of Swakopmund, Etosha and Windhoek. Interestingly enough, most of Namibia’s major tourist attractions lie within a 250 km radius of Omaruru.

After several days of driving on gravel roads through Namibia, while visiting its other attractions, it was refreshing to be able to drive to the lodge on a good paved road. We were welcomed with chilled, scented towels and mocktails, and shown to our room.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

The Deluxe Bedroom

There are ten en-suite air-conditioned rooms consisting of two suites, three deluxe rooms and three standard rooms. Each room sleeps two people however a young child can be accommodated in some of the rooms. The rooms are housed in rondavels. Two savannah tented rooms were being constructed while we were there. The suites and the deluxe rooms have terraces overlooking the floodlit waterhole where wildlife come to quench their thirst at night.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

The Standard Bedroom

We had two adjacent rooms, for us and our children. The spacious newly-refurbished rooms had high thatched roofs and carved wooden doors, and were tastefully decorated in African chic style. They consisted of beds and wardrobes, as well as a living area with comfortable armchairs, a coffee table and a small fridge. Healing Earth toiletries were provided in the bathrooms. The rooms were comfortable and we were quite happy to relax in them. The children enjoyed the availability of wi-fi while lying on their beds. At night, I could see the impalas drinking at the waterhole and in the morning, I was woken by the chirping of birds.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

Creative Basins

Onduruquea Game Lodge is owned and managed by the Harmsen family from the Netherlands. They relocated to Namibia in 2017, when they bought the lodge from another family. The Harmsens have big plans for the lodge, including yoga retreats and cooking workshops with top international chefs. Between them, the members of the family have many skills and talents. These are all brought together in the running of the lodge.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

Bucolic scenery

Marcel, the owner, took us on an afternoon game drive amid the picturesque reserve, home to 20 different species of game. We saw jackals, ostriches, springboks and other plains game. The birdlife is prolific too and I saw some very unique birds there.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

Plains Game

As the sun began to disappear below the horizon, we stopped to have drinks and enjoy nature’s fiery display. Private game drives can also be arranged for the early morning or at night, to see leopards. As this is a private reserve, there are no other game vehicles, and one can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, in peace.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

African Sunset

The meals at Onduruquea are one of its main specialties, and are served al fresco. The boma fire is lit on chilly nights. Meals are prepared by Chef Ron, the Harmsens’ son-in-law. Ron has worked with a Michelin-starred chef in the Netherlands and is an expert at French and African fusion cuisine. He constantly amazed us with his innovative and delicious three-course dinners, bearing our dietary requirements in mind. His desserts were the highlight for my children. Day visitors are welcomed at the restaurant for lunch too.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

Some of the dishes we enjoyed

There is a small, but vibrant spa on the premises where massages are offered, and a huge swimming pool with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The motto here is fine cuisine and relaxation and you will certainly get both at this idyllic retreat.

For more information, visit Onduruquea Game Lodge or book here.

Onduruquea Game Lodge

The Spa

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18 comments
Ling Ge

This looks like a really nice place to stay. The amenities look nice and the food looks great. Even better, being able to see the wildlife on the grounds and enjoying that amazing sunset!

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aareeba

Wow that looks so beautiful and peaceful. The food looks mouth watering. It’s really important to have a peaceful resort/hotel and good food while on vacation

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Stella Jane

This really does look like a relaxing getaway. I’m impressed with the quality of the rooms and it’s nice that the wifi was available. It must be wonderful to be able to have a private tour to go view the animals. The food looks incredible too! I’m just like your kids and love a good dessert.

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Medha

I love how cute the spa is! The setting of the game lodge with the mountains in the backdrop is spectacular and I’d love to live in a game lodge, go for a safari in Africa, I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet! The food at the game lodge looks quite amazing too!

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Karla

How nice that you got to experience a private safari. I feel like smaller safaris and private ones offer a more intimate experience. Again more reason to go back and visit this. I love big parks and all but there is beauty in smaller game lodges too.

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    Sara

    Thanks Karla. Smaller safaris are so much better 🙂

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Nicola

I really don’t think there’s any sunset better than an African sunset! The way the dust makes everything so pink/orange is incredible. The game reserve looks great, really luxurious. The game drive sounds awesome as well, would love to see all those beautiful birds.

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    Sara

    Thanks Nicola. I may be biased but African sunsets are the best. Nature is always putting on a show here 🙂

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Lisa

I’ve always been fascinated by Namibia, and after reading this, I’m even more so! This lodge looks like the perfect setting for a time exploring this part of the country. Your accommodation looks peaceful, and the dining choices look divine. I really hope to make it one day and see this country for myself.

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    Sara

    Thanks Lisa. Namibia was on my bucket list for ages and I finally got to visit it. This lodge is a great place to stay in this region.

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Denny George

Now that is a much better kind of lodge than the ones we had to endure while touring Northeast India. I like the fact that your safari was a private experience. I had been to Masai Mara in Kenya and was exasperated with the number of safari vehicles cornering the lone leopard or cheetah whenever one turned up.

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    Sara

    Haha Denny. Yes, I read your post on the lodges you visited in India and I have to agree – this one was much better 🙂

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Deeptha

Room with a terrace overlooking the waterhole, where the wildlife come to quench their thirst… The Harmsens have got it all perfect. Thanks for the lovely article Sara.

One day (hopefully soon) we’ll do Africa too.

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    Sara

    Thank you Deeptha. There is so much beauty in Africa. You must visit soon.

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