Elephants, Etosha, Namibia

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is Namibia’s most prolific wildlife reserve and is home to the country’s largest population of lions and rhinos.

Situated in northern Namibia, Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive shimmering mineral pan, which is flat, rugged and, for much of the year, dry and dusty. The wildlife viewing is best from May to September, which are the cooler months in Namibia.

Elephant Feet, Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia
Giraffe walking in the bush on the desert pan at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park, Namibia

A little more about Etosha

With over one hundred mammal species and three hundred bird species, it is the dry barren backdrop that makes this park so magical and unforgettable. In the west, it is possible to track rhino on foot and see these wonderful beasts at close proximity.

There is a selection of camps within the park itself and on the outskirts of the park. The Onguma Safari Camps are situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, in the region considered one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets.


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Giraffe walking in the bush on the desert pan at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Explore the Salt Pans

Head out across the vast Etosha National Park, spotting the wildlife that roams these salt pans.

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Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Time at a Waterhole

Visit one of Etosha’s prolific waterholes and wait for the wildlife to come to you.

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Tracking lions, Hobatere Concession Area, Namibia

Big Cat Conservation

Stay in the Hobatere Concession, on Etosha’s western edge. Learn about the work that AfriCat are doing here to monitor and protect the resident lion population.

gemsbok, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Wildlife Photography

Spend some time in a photographic hide, getting close to the park’s big game and trying to capture that perfect shot.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Little Ongava £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Built on the crest of a hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, Little Ongava offers wonderful views of the plains below and is an ideal base from which to explore. Accommodation comprises three spacious suites, each with its own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a sala, an additional outdoor shower and a view of the waterhole in front of the camp.

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Onguma Tree Top Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Onguma Treetop Camp is a small and intimate camp, specially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. This is where guests are able to come and relax for a few days in the midst of their busy travelling schedule, and just breathe in the aromas of the bush and take in all the wildness that this place has to offer.

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Safarihoek Lodge £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Safarihoek Lodge is located in Etosha Heights and is part of a 60,000-hectare privately owned game reserve that shares a 65-kilometre-long border with Etosha National Park. It consists of nine farms that were originally used for domestic farming.

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Ongava Tented Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Tucked into a shady hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill at the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, Ongava Tented Camp sits within the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Eight canvas tents including a family unit are set on a raised deck and include private verandas. The main area is built of stone, canvas and thatch and fronts a busy waterhole.

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