Authentic Namibia, Ongula a village of vision

Authentic Namibia, Ongula a village of vision

Authentic Namibia, Ongula a village of vision

Authentic Namibia, Ongula a village of vision


Nestled amidst the enchanting and rugged landscapes of Northern Namibia, Ongula Homestead Lodge is more than just a destination—it’s a doorway to the authentic heart of Owamboland’s culture, history, and natural beauty.

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Ongula Village Homestead Lodge was established in 2012 as the first Lodge located among villages in a live homestead in North Central Regions under the theme – Tourism beyond Dunes and Wildlife. Apart from accommodation and culinary experience- the village has been transformed into a Rural Transformation Centre integrating tourism with community development .

As you step onto our grounds, you’ll be enveloped by the serene ambiance of the village, where the echoes of generations past resonate in every corner.

Experience a harmonious blend of nature, comfort, and African hospitality. Our family-owned oasis offers a unique escape from the ordinary, where you can reconnect with the natural world while indulging in an unparalleled cultural experience.


  • Comfortable guest rooms and suites
  • Private en-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Beautifully appointed decor with a local touch
  • Private verandas or outdoor seating areas
  • Group camping options up to 50 pax

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  • 24-hour reception and concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • On-site gift shop with local art and crafts
  • Secure parking facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Accessible facilities for guests with mobility challenges from the restaurant to room no. 2
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas
  • Airport shuttle or transportation arrangements to Etosha National Park.


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  • Farm-to-table organic dining experiences
  • On-site restaurant serving local and international cuisine
  • Bar and lounge area with a wide selection of beverages
  • Outdoor dining options


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  • Fireside chats and sundowners
  • Traditional cultural performances or activities
  • Local ethical voluntourism community activities with Ongula Academy projects
  • Open market tours
  • Palace visits

Conference and Event Facilities

Event planning and catering services for special occasions

Wellness and Relaxation

Room massages

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Local Experiences

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  • Cultural heritage tours with the community
  • Craft workshops and demonstrations
  • Authentic gastronomic experiences
  • Clay pot making
  • Local agri-tourism
  • Stargazing and astronomy programs

Safety and Security

24-hour security personnel
Safe deposit boxes for guest use
Emergency medical assistance

Get to Know Us

Join Us in Embracing Hilya and Veiccoh’s Vision.

Pioneering Sustainable Tourism and Rural Community Development

When you choose to stay at Ongula Homestead VILLAGE, you are not only immersing yourself in a world of culture and natural beauty but also supporting Hilya’s inspiring vision for sustainable development and community empowerment. Together, we can continue to advance her legacy of positive change and create a brighter future for the North Central Region of Namibia.

Early Life and Education

Hilya’s journey began in the humble surroundings of Ongula Ya Netanga, where she experienced the challenges of growing up in a large family with limited financial means. However, her upbringing instilled in her the values of resilience and determination.

At the age of 15, Hilya embarked on a transformative path that would shape her remarkable career. She joined the liberation movement and pursued her education in Cuba, where she honed her skills, expanded her horizons, and deepened her commitment to creating positive change in her homeland.

Founding Rural Transformation Initiatives

Hilya’s passion for rural development and her unwavering commitment to her community led her to establish a groundbreaking rural transformation project in the North Central Region. This visionary initiative encompasses four interconnected social enterprises, each with a strong emphasis on sustainability and community empowerment.

Through these enterprises, Hilya is not only preserving the rich cultural heritage of the region but also providing economic opportunities and support to local communities. Her dedication to sustainability extends to every aspect of Ongula Homestead Lodge, which stands proudly next to her childhood home. This unique connection to her roots amplifies her commitment to community development and the well-being of the people of Ongula Ya Netanga.

Join Us in Embracing Hilya’s Vision

When you choose to stay at Ongula Homestead Lodge, you are not only immersing yourself in a world of culture and natural beauty but also supporting Hilya’s inspiring vision for sustainable development and community empowerment. Together, we can continue to advance her legacy of positive change and create a brighter future for the North Central Region of Namibia.

Bespoke Stay

Authentic Accommodation

Our lodge is designed to provide a seamless blend of rustic charm and modern comfort, harmonizing with the surrounding landscape and celebrating the beauty of nature.

Ongula features traditional huts, combining traditional African elements carefully adorned with intricate artwork that reflects the Owambo heritage. Immerse yourself in the stories etched into the walls as you enjoy modern comforts seamlessly blended with the region’s rustic charm. Wake up to breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness from your private veranda.

Unparalleled Hospitality

Our dedicated staff is committed to providing you with warm, personalized service from the moment you arrive. We go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, leaving you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Culinary Delights

Savor the flavors of Namibia with our authentic cuisine, expertly prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Our talented chefs take pride in creating mouthwatering dishes that celebrate the rich culinary heritage of the region. Our dishes are a celebration of local ingredients and generations-old recipes. Guests from all over the world remember us for our infamous Marathon chicken and our beloved Mahangu salad. Imitation may be flattery, but there’s nothing like the real thing. Come and experience the authentic original. Dine in our relaxing restaurant, alfresco under the stars, or by a cozy campfire—the choice is yours.

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Unwind in Nature at Ongula Homestead Lodge Camping Facilities, Your Adventure Awaits Under Namibia’s Starry Skies

If you’re a nature enthusiast and crave the thrill of sleeping under the African night sky, Ongula Homestead Lodge offers a unique camping experience that combines the comforts of a lodge with the adventure of camping. Our well-equipped camping facilities are the perfect choice for those who seek a more immersive connection with the stunning landscapes of Namibia.

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Camping Amenities

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Spacious Campsites

Our campgrounds are spacious, allowing you to set up your campsite with ease and comfort. Each campsite is nestled within the lodge’s property, providing a tranquil and scenic setting.

While camping, you can still enjoy the amenities and services of Ongula Homestead Lodge, including the on-site restaurant, spa services, and cultural experiences.

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Modern Restrooms

Enjoy access to clean and well-maintained restroom facilities, ensuring your camping experience is convenient and hassle-free.

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Gather around a crackling campfire in the evening and share stories under the starlit African sky. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a day of adventure.

Escape the ordinary and embark on a camping adventure like no other at Ongula Homestead Lodge. To reserve your campsite or inquire about availability, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

Discover the Beauty of Namibia, One Campfire at a Time at Ongula Homestead Lodge.

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Farm to Table Dining

At Ongula Village Homestead Lodge, we offer you a variety of Ovawambo traditional cuisines. The food is prepared with the best and freshest hand-picked ingredients in all of Ovamboland. We also offer lunch packs and a custom-made breakfast at your request.

Cultural Experiences

Ongula Homestead Lodge offers a wide range of activities to suit every traveler’s interests.

Wildlife and Nature

Beyond our village, the wild wonders of Namibia await you. Embark on safaris to nearby Etosha National Park, where you can witness elephants, lions, giraffes, and more in their natural habitat. The breathtaking landscapes of the Owamboland region will leave you in awe.

Community and Culture

At Ongula Village, we’re not just a lodge but a part of the community. Engage in cultural activities, interact with locals, and gain insights into age-old traditions that have shaped this vibrant region. We invite you to embark on a unique journey into the heart of Namibia’s rich Ovambo culture. Nestled within an authentic and thriving homestead, Ongulais is a trailblazing lodge that offers more than just accommodation; it provides immersive cultural experiences that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the traditions and heritage of this remarkable region.

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Our Unique Cultural Experiences


Authentic Village and Homestead Tours

Venture into the heart of the Ovambo community with our expert guides, who will introduce you to local customs, traditions, and daily life. Visit local homes, interact with residents, and gain a profound insight into the Ovambo way of living.


Agri-Tourism Adventures

Get your hands dirty and connect with the land through our agri-tourism activities. Join local farmers in their fields and learn about traditional farming techniques firsthand. Plant, harvest, or tend to crops as you contribute to the agricultural rhythms of the Ovambo region. It’s a rewarding experience that allows you to appreciate the importance of agriculture in this community.


Gastronomic Delights

Savor the flavors of Namibia with our gastronomic experiences. Learn the art of preparing traditional Ovambo dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Our culinary adventures provide you with the opportunity to taste the authenticity and warmth of Ovambo cuisine. Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions passed down through generations and discover the significance of food in Ovambo culture.


Therapeutic Clay-Pot Making

Tap into your creative side with therapeutic clay-pot making. Guided by skilled artisans, you’ll learn the art of crafting traditional clay pots—a practice deeply rooted in Ovambo culture. Feel the therapeutic benefits of molding the earth into beautiful and functional pottery. Take your handmade creation home as a cherished keepsake from your cultural journey.


The Music, Drum, and Dance Experience

The Beat of Ovambo Culture: Music, drumming, and dance are woven into the very fabric of Ovambo culture. These art forms are not just performances; they are expressions of identity, celebration, storytelling, and connection with the land.

At Ongula, we celebrate these traditions and share them with our guests. Experience the energy and passion of Ovambo music and dance through live performances by local artists.

Our talented musicians, drummers, and dancers bring the spirit of their heritage to life. The mesmerizing beats of traditional instruments and the graceful movements of dance will transport you to a world of wonder and joy.


Discover the Rich Traditions of Owela

Step into the world of Owela, a game deeply rooted in the traditions of our elders. At Ongula Homestead Lodge, we invite you to experience the cultural heritage of Owela, a game that has transcended generations.

Traditionally reserved for our respected elders, Owela has evolved into a beloved recreational activity that now brings joy to both the young and old. It holds a special place in the hearts of the Oshiwambo-speaking communities of Namibia and Angola.

Known by various names in different tribal contexts, Owela is often referred to as “Hus” by other tribes. Join us in celebrating the diversity of this traditional game and immerse yourself in its history and significance during your stay at Ongula Homestead Lodge.


Donkey Cart Expeditions

Embark on a unique and eco-friendly mode of transportation through the picturesque Ovambo landscapes. Our donkey cart expeditions provide a tranquil and immersive experience that connects you to the land and its people.


Cultural Festivals and Events

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Ovambo people by participating in local festivals and events. From music and dance to art and craft fairs, you’ll have
the opportunity to celebrate and connect with the community.

Book Your Journey of Discovery and Connection

Are you ready to embark on a journey of cultural discovery and connection? We invite you to book your stay at Ongula Homestead Lodge and immerse yourself in the heartwarming and enriching Village and Homestead Experiences we have to offer. Let us be your guide to an authentic Namibian cultural adventure.

Connect, Learn, and Create Memories with Ovambo Culture at Ongula Homestead Lodge.

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Perfect for Special Occasions

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a destination wedding, our lodge is an enchanting venue for weddings, conferences, and special events. Let us help you create lasting memories against the backdrop of Namibia’s stunning landscapes.

Social Impact

Meet The Team


Ms. Harriet Buekes

Business Developer


Ms. Kornelia Kayoo

Administrator & Accountant


Mr. Silas Nghuushi

Marketing & Systems Administrator


Mrs. Rumbidzai Munedzimwe

HOD Agriculture & Production Manager


Mrs. Euphemia Ndapuka

HOD Clothing Production & Instructor


Mr. Carryon Gwirizha

HOD Hospitality & Tourism


Ms. Paulina Mwadhina

Center Coordinator (Okongo) & Clothing Instructor


Mr. Peter Mungenga

Agriculture Instructor


Mr. Mandume Haitembu

German Instructor


Ms. Ivali Uundjodjo

Housekeeping Trainer


Mrs. Helena Ndala

Sign Language Interpreter


Ms. Annarosa Limunga

Sign Language Interpreter


Ms Veronica Lazarus

Assistant Administrator


Mr. Gabriel Ndjambululah

Maths & Science Instructor


Ms. Lila Gawises

Hospitality & Tourism Instructor


Mr. Heita Shilomboleni

Tourist Guide


Mr. Eduardo Vergara

Clothing Production Hub


Ms. Rakkel Mwashindange

Hospitality & Tourism Instructor

At Ongula, we present a unique opportunity to directly engage with the delicate balance between ancient tribal life and the demands of the 21st century and how, through sustainable practices, these two worlds coexist harmoniously. Moreover, our dedication to sustainability extends to our social enterprise, the Ongula Shebeen Escape Academy. This rural skills development and vocational training center empowers out-of-school adolescents, both boys and girls, with valuable employability skills. By nurturing sustainable livelihoods, we provide a safe haven for these youths to escape the cycle of shebeens and join a thriving community at the Ongula Shebeen Escape Academy.

With sustainability at the core of our ethos, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge is not just a place to visit; it’s an opportunity to be part of a sustainable and fair-trade journey that enriches both travelers and the local community.

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Our Trainees

Selma Alugodni

Selma Alugodni

Clothing Production Trainee

I am a 38-year-old unmarried woman. This year, I decided to study clothing production at Ongula—Village Homestead. Once I complete my studies, obtain my qualifications, and gain more knowledge, I aspire to become a Namibian designer

Pasquar Sika Kandea

Pasquar Sika Kandea

Clothing Production Trainee

I am 23 years old. I come from a family with many members, but none of them are nurses, teachers, or engineers. Not yet! I want to be the first to graduate and make something of myself. I aspire to have a family house, a car, and a retail shop or company.

Jane Uevikondjisavi

Jane Uevikondjisavi

Clothing Production Trainee

I am 23 years old, and I live with my parents, who are uneducated and unemployed. I have faced challenges paying my school and hostel fees, affecting my grades. My parents don’t have money.

Chiloya Manuel

Chiloya Manuel

Hospitality Tourism Trainee

I am 19 years old and live with my mother, brothers, and sisters. My mother works as a domestic worker. Sometimes, we find it hard to afford our stationery and pay our school fees, but nevertheless, we are surviving and trying hard.

Ongula Homestead Lodge and the Youth Development Centre (HYDC)

At Ongula Homestead Lodge, we recognize that investing in the future means investing in our youth. That’s why we are proud to collaborate with the Youth Development Centre (HYDC), a non-profit organization committed to designing and implementing youth empowerment programs that cultivate the next generation of leaders within our community.

Our Commitment to Youth Empowerment

Youth are the lifeblood of any society, and their potential is boundless. Through our partnership with HYDC, we aim to harness this potential and provide young individuals with the tools, skills, and opportunities they need to thrive.

Nurturing Future Leaders

The core mission of HYDC aligns perfectly with our values at Ongula Homestead Lodge. We believe in nurturing future leaders who will drive positive change within their communities. Through collaboration and dedication, we foster the development of programs that focus on education, leadership skills, personal growth, and community engagement.

Collaboration for Impact

Working hand-in-hand with HYDC, we bring together local and international stakeholders, organizations, and institutions to create a network of support for youth development. By pooling resources, knowledge, and expertise, we maximize the impact of our programs and create lasting change.

Empowering Through Education

Education is the cornerstone of personal and community growth. Our youth empowerment programs prioritize education, providing access to quality learning experiences, scholarships, and mentorship opportunities. We believe that every young person should have the chance to reach their full potential through education.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

Supporting Shebeen Escape Academy

Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Mothers for a Brighter Tomorrow

At Ongula Homestead Lodge, we believe in the transformative power of education and vocational training. That’s why we proudly support the Shebeen Escape Academy—a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing the unique challenges faced by rural pubs, commonly known as shebeens, while simultaneously empowering adolescent girls and young mothers in our community.

Our Commitment to Empowerment

The Shebeen Escape Academy is an embodiment of our commitment to community development. We recognize that adolescent girls and young mothers often face barriers to education and economic independence. Therefore, we’ve partnered with this exceptional academy to provide them with the skills and opportunities they need to build brighter futures.

Our Course Offering

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Hospitality and Tourism

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Clothing Production

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Tourist Guiding

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Agriculture Production

A Pathway to Independence

The Shebeen Escape Academy isn’t just about acquiring skills; it’s about unlocking opportunities and providing a pathway to economic independence. We believe that by empowering these young women with education and vocational training, we’re not only transforming their lives but also enriching the fabric of our community.

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Empowering Communities, Transforming Lives

At Ongula Homestead Lodge, we are committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Our initiatives go beyond offering exceptional hospitality; we believe in giving back and creating sustainable opportunities for growth and development. Here are some of the impactful projects we are proud to support and that you can support as well:

Restoring Girls’ Dignity Project

Manufacturing and Distributing Washable Sanitary Pads to Support Girls’ Education

In partnership with local organizations and NGOs, Ongula Homestead Lodge is dedicated to the “Restoring Girls’ Dignity Project.” We understand that education is a fundamental right for all, and every girl should have the chance to learn without the burden of menstrual hygiene challenges.

Through this project, we manufacture and distribute washable sanitary pads to girls in need within our community. By providing access to hygienic menstrual products, we ensure that girls can attend school regularly and without discomfort. We believe that empowering girls with proper hygiene support is a step towards a brighter and more equitable future for all.

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World Food Program Collaboration

Adding Value to Indigenous Products to Create Employment Opportunities

Our collaboration with the World Food Program is a testament to our commitment to community development and economic empowerment. Together, we focus on adding value to indigenous products and creating sustainable employment opportunities for local communities.

By identifying and enhancing the value chain of indigenous products, we not only support local economies but also provide meaningful work for individuals in need. This collaboration is a reflection of our dedication to poverty alleviation and fostering self-reliance.

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Incubation, Mentorship, and Work Readiness

Empowering Unemployed Graduates for Sustainable Careers

At Ongula Homestead Lodge, we understand the potential and aspirations of unemployed graduates. Our incubation, mentorship, and work readiness programs equip young talents with the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable careers.

Through mentorship, training, and hands-on experience, we bridge the gap between education and employment, empowering graduates to thrive in their chosen fields. We believe in nurturing the next generation of professionals and providing them with opportunities for growth and success.

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School Outreach and Holiday Camps

Providing Educational Experiences in Tourism and Agriculture for School Learners

Education is the foundation of a thriving society, and we are dedicated to enriching the lives of school learners. Our school outreach and holiday camps offer exciting opportunities for young minds to explore the worlds of tourism and agriculture.

Through interactive workshops, field trips, and hands-on activities, we inspire a love for learning and curiosity about these important industries. We believe that nurturing the understanding of tourism and agriculture among the youth is essential for sustainable development and the future of our communities.

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Join Us in Making a Difference

When you choose to stay at Ongula Homestead Lodge, you are not only enjoying a unique and memorable experience but also contributing to these impactful projects. Together, we can create positive change, uplift communities, and create a brighter, more equitable future for all.

Bookings & Contact

Are you ready to embark on a journey that blends tradition, nature, and hospitality? We can offer an authentic cultural immersion and a reconnection to the natural world with this unique opportunity to escape the ordinary. Ongula Homestead Lodge is here to offer an unforgettable experience that resonates with the soul of Namibia.

Whether you’re a curious traveler seeking an immersive adventure or a soul yearning for a genuine connection to nature and culture, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge is your gateway to a truly authentic Namibian experience.

Join us in discovering the captivating spirit of Northern Namibia. Come, be a part of our story, and let the essence of Owamboland weave its magic around you.

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The Ongula Homestead Village

  • By air from Eros Airport in Windhoek is 55 minutes to Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo in Ondangwa and 45 km from Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo northeast of Ondangwa.
  • From Etosha National Park via King Nehale Gate 223.7 km
  • From Rundu via B10 road for 439 km
  • From Ruacana via C46 for 233 km
  • From Opuwo via C41 for 301 km

Directions vary depending on your starting point, but you can access the Ongula Homestead Village at the Junction of B1 and M121 on the Oniipa- Oshigambo – Eenhana Road and until the Junction of D… and D 3760 ) and 4 km into Oshiwedha – Eembaxu Road
GPS coordinates for the lodge are -17.741480, 16.141783.

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