Ultimate Safaris has introduced Onduli Ridge, a luxury property like no other in the depths of the stunning Namibian wilderness.
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, homemade 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 breathtaking and the range of activities is suitable for individuals or families. A range of delightful activities proving unforgettable memories include desert-adapted elephant tracking, a desert-adapted black rhino activity, and a desert-adapted giraffe activity, all of which offer guests the chance to learn about the species or head out with a guide to track and locate the animals and efforts to conserve them.
Guests can also roll their bed out onto their deck and sleep under a blanket of a billion stars; explore the area on an e-bike with a biking guide; view and learn about the art of a bygone era, giving insight into our human origins; explore the area in a vehicle, learning about the intricacies and complexities of this ecosystem; and explore on foot, learning about the smaller factors that also impact the ecosystem.
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