Bush dining

Dining in the bush is the quintessential safari experience
At Onguma we love our bush meals. We invite you to experience the unique splendour of bush dining while you’re with us. As they say everything tastes better in the open air and this is even more true when enjoying your meal in the middle of the Namibian bush!
Whether it’s an early morning breakfast at the start of a brand new African day or dinner under a blanket of a million stars with the distance cries of animals in the air and the smells of a fire cooked meal wafting over from the pop-up bush kitchen. These are the genuine moments that make you feel truly connected to the wilderness.

We offer two venues to host these experiences namely “The Boma” for larger parties or “The Kraal” for a more intimate dining experience.

What is a Boma?

As defined in the Oxford Dictionary:
Noun – (In eastern and southern Africa) an enclosure, especially for animals.
The word Boma dates back to pre-colonial Africa and was used in many parts of the African Great Lakes region, including Central and Southern African. The word actually originates from Swahili and is traditionally known as an enclosure, a stockade or fort used to protect people’s livestock (usually sheep and cattle). It was typically built out of branches knit together.
The Boma has long become a part of the African culture, where a fire is lit, delicious foods are prepared and friends and family gather around the fire to eat, drink and share in storytelling.

What is a Kraal?

As defined in the Oxford Dictionary:
Noun – Kraal (also spelled craal or kraul) is an Afrikaans and Dutch word, also used in South African English, for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock, located within a Southern African settlement or village surrounded by a fence of thorn-bush branches, a palisade, mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form. It is similar to a boma in eastern or central Africa.
This enclosure has wonderful views over the plains and Fischers Pan where animals roam freely and the best sunsets on Onguma can be found. An open fire and comfortable beanbags complete the picture for a memorable experience.

Under the stars

Bush Dinner Experience “The Boma” or “The Kraal”

Indulge in a decadent dining experience in the bush. Enjoy a short nature drive and watch the setting sun before arriving at your destination for the evening. Welcomed by a crackling fire, fine wines and the scent of delicious food being prepared. The scattered hanging lanterns offering an enchanting atmosphere as you unwind around the communal fire on luxurious beanbags and enjoy a toast to another wonderful day in Africa. A truly unforgettable experience.
You will be hosted by our team of enthusiastic staff and chefs who create scrumptious al fresco meals, preparing the evening dinner on an open fire.

There is no better way to experience the African bush than around a crackling fire, under the night skies, sharing stories, laughter and experiences. As a special treat, roast marshmallows, while watching the flickering flames dance idly and mesmerizing in the fire.
As the flames turn to embers, a final nightcap is served to end another spectacular evening out in the bush
A minimum of 2 people is needed to book this experience.


  • The following Bush Dinner surcharge is applicable:
    N$ 600-00 per person – 2 – 9 people
    N$ 400-00 per person – 10+ people

  • Clients on a Bed Only or Camp Site Rate and wish to partake in this activity need to pay an additional dinner charge of N$ 620-00 per person over and above the surcharge listed above.

  • Parties of 7 or less will be hosted at “The Kraal” and parties larger than 8 people will be hosted at “The Boma”


  • • Transport to and from the venue.
    • The 3 course dinner – which includes a self-service buffet.
    • Welcome drink on arrival


  • All drinks are not included and will be charged to guest’s room accounts and in the case of a Fully Inclusive rate the normal drinks selection are included