Ongula Village Homestead Lodge is strategically situated between Ondangwa (one of the oldest towns in the northern region) and Eenhana, built alongside an active Owambo homestead (or village). The first lodge in Namibia to offer an introduction to the traditional lifestyle of our Owambo people. Participate in the preparation and making of local traditional drinks and meals, discover the art of basket-weaving and pottery and explore the beauty of this region. They offer day tours to the museum, open and craft markets and tribal houses or guests can attend some of the seasonal blockbuster events such as Marula Festival and traditional weddings.
In total, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge offers five luxury rondavels (African-style round huts) built alongside a live homestead, and can accommodate twelve guests. Each rondavel is uniquely decorated, offers two twin beds, private En-suite facilities with shower only, tea/coffee station, mosquito nets and gauze sliding doors enclosed veranda. One family rondavel accommodates four people, offers a lounge, two twin beds and one queen sized bed, En-suite shared bathroom with shower only with separate entry, mosquito nets and gauze sliding doors enclosed veranda. Five campsites, terraced and levelled with clean sand and in easy walking distance to a shared ablution facility with shower (cold water only), toilets and wash up. Each site is equipped with electricity points, running tap water and shades.
Guests participate in the traditional chores such as pounding mahangu, open fire cooking (traditional kitchen "Epata"), and cattle herding. Discover the art of basket weaving and clay-pot making (pottery making cave) , and other traditional activities. The Oshiwambo homestead tour: learn the set-up of a homestead and the importance of cultivating the lands (seasonal activity). While on tour, guests learn the use of many endemic trees by the Owambo people. The village experience or walk: close look at three different living Owambo homesteads with different set-ups, yet exploring the similarities.
The town visit to Ondangwa and the surroundings: Nakambale Museum – a legacy from the Finnish missionaries who settled in the area in the 1800’s. Open Market – an opportunity for guests to buy Owambo souvenirs and see how the locals do their trades. Ohanje Craft Centre – visit the locals as they engage in making crafts from recycled materials. Onankali Mahangu paper project – a look at how local women work and produce beautiful different crafts from mahangu. Oshigambo River – you learn about the amazing fauna and flora as well as the historical activities.