Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. At almost 9000 square miles, it is also one of Africa’s largest national parks. Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan (the Etosha pan) that covers more than 5000 square miles and covers 25% of the park. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. During the drier months, between June and November, water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and the concentration of game around waterholes can be an incredible sight, including everything from elephant, giraffe and zebra to rare and endangered species such as the black rhino, black-faced impala, tssesebe and gemsbok.
Roads (road, really) throughout Etosha are paved, which can make it feel a bit tame.
We always advocate that clients take advantage of the private conservancies around the national park (particularly Onguma and Ongava). They provide a more wild and exclusive game-viewing experience while still offering full access to the national park itself. This is particularly important in July and August when Etosha can be crowded.
We also recommend staying on both the Eastern and Western sides of the park in private reserves, as well as spending a day or a day and night driving through the center of the park.
Our favorite accommodation in Etosha
Ongava Lodge is located in the Ongava Game Reserve, sharing its border with northern Etosha National Park. Its 14 en-suite chalets are traditionally built with rock, brick, and thatch and boast private, covered verandas with spectacular views of the plains below. We love the feel of this lodge. The rooms are lovely with earthy tones […]
Little Ongava, lies peacefully on the crest of a hill with wonderful views of the plains below. It is located in the 66,000-acre Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park. The lodge is extremely intimate with just three villas, accommodating only 6 guests. Each villa has large, stunning rooms with an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower […]
Onguma Tented Camp is located in the 84,015-acre Onguma Game Reserve. The camp’s seven tents are set far apart to ensure privacy, each with a bath and outdoor shower, making it perfect for couples. Each room has a view of the waterhole that provides great viewing of resident game as they gather nearby. The common […]
Adventurous Safari Camp in the Trees
Etosha Mountain Lodge, set in its own Reserve is a classic lodge comprised of eight thatched chalets and one spacious family suite
Safarihoek Lodge in Etosha, Namibia is a private safari camp with easy access around the Etosha region on private land with great guiding.
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