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Etosha is one of Africa’s largest game parks, much of which is covered by the silver Etosha salt pan that shimmers in the heat.

To the south of the pan there are open grasslands, woodland and permanent waterholes that act as a magnet for game.

Wildlife of Etosha National Park

In the dry season the game congregates in their thousands around the water sources, leading to some phenomenal game-viewing. On Etosha’s grassveld it is easy to find grazers, including Burchell’s zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and black-faced impala. Kudu are found on the margins of the woodland, whilst giraffe nibble the acacias and eland come to drink. Etosha’s cats are thriving with large populations of lion, leopard and cheetah. Elephant occur in hundred-strong herds whilst black and white rhino are found, particularly in the west of the park.

Birdlife

Dolomite Camp To OkaukuejoEtosha has over 340 bird species and it is common to see ostrich and secretary birds on the open plains. There are over 35 species of raptor, including the yellow-billed kite, steppe eagle and pygmy falcon. From black-faced babblers to the crimson-breasted shrike, birders will not be disappointed.

It is possible to explore Etosha either from inside or outside the park. Inside the park there are three very basic rest camps whilst outside there are a number of private reserves and lodges.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Etosha National Park

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Etosha National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Etosha National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Etosha National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Mushara Bush Camp, Etosha National Park

      Mushara Bush Camp

      Medium

      A comfortable, stylish camp located just to the east of the gate to Etosha National Park. Very family friendly, it has plenty of amenities and facilities to keep the little ones entertained.

    • Ongava Lodge, Ongava Reserve, southern Etosha

      Ongava Lodge

      Deluxe

      Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the private Ongava Game Reserve and just minutes from Etosha National Park, this characterful lodge has a traditional African style and ambience, providing comfortable accommodation and a good range of activities for exploring the area’s wildlife.

    • Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park

      Mushara Lodge

      First Class

      Ideally positioned for exploring the eastern side of Etosha National Park and its diverse wildlife, Mushara Lodge has a unique character, blending traditional African and modern styles. Its comfortable accommodation, tranquil surroundings and excellent service make for a pleasant stay.

    • Mushara Outpost, Mushara Reserve, eastern Etosha

      Mushara Outpost

      First Class

      This small, homely camp offers a peaceful location nestled in the bush, just a short drive from Etosha National Park. Balancing modern comfort with an authentic bush camp feel, it’s an excellent base for exploring the area’s diverse wildlife.

    • Okaukuejo Rest Camp, Etosha National Park

      Okaukuejo Rest Camp

      Simple

      Everyone travelling to and through Etosha will stop here at Okaukuejo to refuel vehicles, buy provisions and rest. However, it’s the floodlit waterhole that draws guests here as night falls for excellent wildlife viewing.

    • Onguma Bush Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Bush Camp

      Medium

      Located in the eastern part of Etosha National Park, Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for guided and self-drive trips, and particularly for visitors looking to observe the endangered black rhino in the wild.

    • Anderssons at Ongava, Etosha National Park

      Anderssons Camp

      Deluxe

      This model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience for small groups, families and independent travellers to Etosha National Pak.

    • Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Tented Camp

      First Class

      Onguma is a lovely option for Eastern Etosha. It has a good location for either guided or self-drive trips into the park. The camp offers incredible luxury and true wilderness for game viewing.

    • Ongava Tented Camp , Etosha National Park

      Ongava Tented Camp

      Deluxe

      We particularly like Ongava Tented Camp as it is small, personal and the waterhole in front of camp usually attracts a fair amount of game.

    • Onguma Treetop Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Treetop Camp

      First Class

      The main focus of the camp is to experience wildlife in its truest form, it is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour.

    • Etosha Safari Camp, Etosha National Park

      Etosha Safari Camp

      Simple

      Etosha Safari Camp is a basic no frills camp. It is clean and comfortable and a great option for families. Due to its size, this is not suitable if you want somewhere peaceful.

    • Onguma Plains Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Plains Camp

      Deluxe

      The accommodation at Onguma Plains is unusual - the Moroccan theme and Fort-style architecture is not your traditional safari camp. That said, it has been beautifully decorated in a contemporary style.

    • Etosha Safari Lodge, Etosha National Park

      Etosha Safari Lodge

      Medium

      Etosha Safari Lodge is situated on a hillock about ten kilometres from Etosha's Anderson Gate. This is a fairly large lodge but the rooms are comfortable and its a good base from which to visit Etosha National Park under your own steam.

    • Little Ongava, Etosha National Park

      Little Ongava

      Deluxe

      Little Ongava is Namibia's most luxurious camp. The rooms are huge, very stylish and very private. Its an ideal place for a few really special days on your holiday.