Ultimate Safaris has shown incredible talent and innovation in bringing to life camps that stand apart from the rest, and their newest, Onduli Ridge, lives up to their high standard. The planning for Onduli Ridge was undertaken with the intentional absence of engineers, architects and interior decorators, allowing nature and its boundaries to determine the camp’s outcome. Despite a year of challenges and lockdowns, the tribe at Ultimate have seen this incredible project to fruition.
Onduli Ridge is situated to take advantage of magnificent views of Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, and the cathedral-like granite inselbergs of Damaraland. Six suites are hidden among granite boulders and feature partial open-air bathrooms, king-sized beds (twins also available) cooled by a ‘climate conditioner’ (Evening Breeze), rain showers and a private deck for nights under a billion stars. The camp ticks every box – from large rooms and generous communal areas, to a large pool and plenty of places to relax and laze. Activities are conducted by Ultimate’s incredible guides, all while having the use of state-of-the-art Swarovski binoculars. In short, it should be on the top of your ‘must-see’ list!
Onduli Ridge is located on a private concession in the Doro !Nawas Conservancy in the heart of Damaraland, just 20 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. It is also within a short distance of other geological attractions such as the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Doros Crater. The area is home desert-adapted black rhino, desert elephant, giraffe and general plains game and predators such as cheetah, leopard, lion, spotted and brown hyena.
As with all of Ultimate’s camps, sustainability forms the foundation of every property and their Eco Awards ratings bear testimony to this. All power is produced by solar, all water used water runs through a sophisticated reclamation plant and is brought back to a 99.7% human potable level and is then used to supply wildlife watering holes so there is zero waste. Solid waste is sorted on site according to recycling guidelines and driven out on transportation that brings in operational supplies and taken to recycling plants in Windhoek. The camp was also designed and built to ensure that should Ultimate ever decide to remove it, the site will be returned to its original pristine condition.
Activities include desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe tracking, mountain biking, rock art viewing, nature drives and walks and star bed sleepouts under a blanket of a billion stars.
• Partial open-air bathroom with flush toilet & hot running water shower
• Star beds
• Air conditioned beds (Evening Breeze system)
• Swimming pool
• Fully inclusive
• Artisan coffee
• Crafted pizza evenings
• Spacious communal lounge with dining room, bar, campfire circle and deck
• Open year-round
• Minimum 2 night stays (3 nights recommended)
• Children welcome
• 100% solar powered
• Waterhole for wildlife viewing
• WIFI in the rooms
• Own airstrip with waiting lounge and bathroom 20 minutes from camp
• Use of Swarovski binoculars