On the southern boundary of Etosha close to the Anderson Gate, this lodge has its own surrounding game reserve. Each unit features its own plunge pool, sala (a covered open-air pavilion), outdoor shower and bath with magnificent views, and wood decks, which cling to the side of a steep, rocky outcrop. Some units overlook a couple of busy water holes. The stunning main area has stone floors and sweeping thatch roofs, as well as myriad spots from which to gaze at the never-ending plains beyond. Take a guided walk and sneak up on some zebras and wildebeests, go rhino tracking, or sit in a hide at the water hole just before sunset and listen to the soft twittering calls of hundreds of sand grouse as they come to drink. Lions often stray in from Etosha and join the evening party. If you want to be more on the wild side, you can stay at Ongava Tented Camp, a small, intimate site nestled deep in the bush. You'll sleep in a walk-in tent on a slate base under a thatch awning with a private bathroom. After a day spent game-watching, it's great to cool off in the outside shower or in the plunge pool. If you want even more exclusivity and luxury, opt for Little Ongava, which has three gorgeous suites.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
27–11-807–1800-South Africa; 27–11-807–1800