ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES WITH ULTIMATE SAFARIS AT ONDULI RIDGE CAMP LIFE ENRICHING JOURNEYS START HERE
A giraffe canters into view, followed by a zig-zagging journey of more giraffes stretching from left to right ahead of you. You have just woken up, ready to breathe in the desert air, check the rising sun, and look forward to your fresh sumptuous breakfast. Welcome to Onduli Ridge.
The newly opened Onduli Ridge, in the heart of the fragile wilderness of Namibia, is set to become the flagship property of the award-winning Ultimate Safaris. With just six luxury suites, Onduli Ridge is a spectacular camp where architecture and the natural landscape blend seamlessly, blurring the defining lines between indoors and nature. Named after the resident giraffe in the area, the camp is built at the base of two granite outcrops, allowing for magnificent views of Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, to the south and the dispersed cathedral-like granite landscape to the north.
Onduli Ridge, located in the temperate climate of central Damaraland, will define a new benchmark for luxury safari travel in Namibia. Known for pioneering life-enriching safari travel in Namibia, Ultimate Safaris is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural world, working closely with local communities to develop its conservation initiatives and to fuel a passion for the development of responsible and sustainable tourism, not just locally but in wider forums on the national level.
As with all Ultimate Safaris camps, sustainability forms the foundation of every property and Onduli Ridge is no different, as all power is produced by solar, negating the need for any use of fossil fuels. Because of its desert environment water is in short supply so all water runs through a sophisticated reclamation plant, then used to feed wildlife watering holes, so there is no wastage. Solid waste is also sorted on-site and driven out to recycling plants in Windhoek.
These measures ensure that Onduli Ridge more than lives up to its Eco-Awards ratings and offers a track record of sustainability that allows both wildlife and local communities to thrive. Working in partnership with the Conservation Travel Foundation, Ultimate Safaris own non-profit, they invest in ventures that bring a much-needed beneficial impact based on practical support and measurable positive development to the region.
The camp is designed to optimise views from its six idyllic suites to be viewed from many different vantage points – the bathroom, the desk, and the bed all offer spaces in which to observe the unfolding activity and sights around you. Hidden among the granite boulders that nestle the camp the suites are naturally ventilated with partial open-air bathrooms and largely open communal areas.
A king-size bed cooled by its own ‘climate conditioner’ (Evening Breeze) is also the perfect place for afternoon siestas, and if you want to sleep under a billion stars the bed can be rolled out onto your private deck for the night. Character and meticulous sustainable materials and inspired artistic choices are visible in the lavish petrified wooden washbasins, animal prints, and artefacts decorating the suites, and in the interior colour palette which complements the granite of the surroundings. For those who want to keep in touch, WiFi is offered in all rooms, while the camp also has its own airstrip with a waiting lounge and bathroom 20 minutes away.
Food designed to tantalise and satisfy the palate is based on local ingredients, fresh vegetables, and fruits, home-made crafted pizzas, presented artfully with herbal accompaniments and ample quantities to indulge the hungriest guest after a morning on safari.
The stellar reputation enjoyed by Ultimate Safaris makes Onduli Ridge a world-leading destination. From the architecture to the range of amenities, the sights and sounds are breath-taking and the range of activities suitable for individuals or families. A range of delightful activities proving unforgettable memories include:
- Desert-adapted elephant tracking, desert-adapted black rhino activity, and desert-adapted giraffe activity – learn about the species or head out with a guide to track and locate the animals and efforts to conserve them.
- Star Beds-Roll your bed out onto your deck and sleep under a blanket of a billion stars.
- E biking – Explore the area on an e bike with a biking guide.
- Rock art – View and learn about the art of a bygone era, giving insight into our human origins.
- Nature Drives – Explore the area in a vehicle, learning about the intricacies and complexities of this ecosystem.
- Nature Walks – Explore on foot, learning about the smaller factors that also impact the ecosystem.
- Trail Treats – Let us surprise you with the most amazing surprises as you explore this magnificent area.
Despite the challenges of enduring the catastrophic total travel shutdown from Covid 19 Onduli Ridge offers discerning travellers something never seen before in the Namibian travel industry. Nature and its boundaries are the key players in this unique location as Ultimate Safaris sat tight to retain and bring its vision to life after the lockdown eventually lifted. The result is nothing short of remarkable, a testament to faith, determination, and commitment.
And then there are the giraffes!
ABOUT ULTIMATE SAFARIS
Founded in 2008, Ultimate Safaris is a multi-award-winning specialist in organising and operating well-orchestrated, privately guided, naturalist safaris for individuals as well as for small and intimate groups and boasts one of the most experienced, creative, and respected ‘tribes’ in the Namibian safari industry.
Their driving force is a carefully selected tribe of experts who are passionate about all aspects of Namibia and who understand the importance of seamless guest services. Ultimate Safaris employs the best naturalist guides and Journeysmiths, all of whom live and work in Namibia; and offers the finest portfolio of lodges, hotels, and camps; and operates a state-of-the-art fleet of specialized safari vehicles, ensuring an unequalled level of personal attention whilst maintaining the highest standards when planning and organizing Namibian safaris.
Investing heavily in continuous exploration of new safari possibilities makes Ultimate Safaris one of the most progressive and forward-looking safari companies in the country.
Ultimate Safaris in partnership with their own non-profit organisation, the Conservation Travel Foundation has also been involved in the development of responsible and sustainable tourism in a wider forum, and our principals have held a variety of executive decision-making positions concerning tourism on a national level. www.ultimatesafaris.na www.conservationtravelfoundation.org