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 Park.
The first of Mushara’s properties, Mushara Lodge is owned by Marc and Mariza Pampe, whose family were cattle farmers in eastern Namibia. Named after the trees which grow around the lodge’s grounds, Mushara has a peaceful setting. The main lodge houses an impressive dining room, lounge and bar, with skylights making this a light and airy space in which to unwind. High thatched ceilings and old wooden beams give the property a traditional feel, while the large fireplace and low leather chairs create warmth and comfort to return to after spending the day out in the bush. In the evening, enjoy sundowners in the boma area with your fellow guests.
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Accommodation is in just a small number of spacious stone and thatch chalets, which are set around the large lawn and swimming pool. They feature double, single or twin beds, and some are set up as triples. Their dark wood furniture is complemented by pale linens, while air conditioning and mosquito nets ensure your stay is comfortable. The en suite bathrooms are spacious and feature either just a shower or a bath tub and shower. Further amenities in each chalet include a minibar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, power sockets for charging batteries and Wi-Fi access There’s also a Family House, which features two separate bedrooms and a shared lounge.
Mushara is situated eight kilometres — or a ten minute drive — from Etosha National Park's Von Lindequist Gate, which is on the park’s eastern boundary. Etosha spans an area of 22,270 square kilometres, centred around a 4,731 square kilometre salt pan — the largest in Africa. It’s home to a wide array of wildlife, including 114 mammal species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 340 bird species.
Food and drink
Meals are served in the dining area or can be enjoyed alfresco in the boma area. Food consists of tasty African and international dishes. The camp has its own wine cellar and bar, and sundowners can be enjoyed around the campfire as you socialise with fellow guests.
Families can stay in the two bedroom Family House.
Facilities and activities
Guests can make use of the large swimming pool in the grounds, where you’ll also find loungers and a pavilion with seating. There’s also a curio shop, a library and a lounge with cosy fireplace. Days are spent out on game drives exploring Etosha’s wildlife, which includes lion, giraffe, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, zebra and springbok. The experienced guides receive up-to-date information about the whereabouts of game, ensuring excellent views from your open 4x4.
Mushara is very comfortable and well located for Etosha. We found that the lounge is a great place to relax with a book or share your experiences. The rooms, service and food are excellent.
Etosha National Park tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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.
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 it's a good base from which to visit Etosha National Park under your own steam.
Little Ongava is Namibia's most luxurious camp. The rooms are huge, very stylish and very private. It's an ideal place for a few really special days on your holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.