Etosha Park Namibia is an experience like no other, the vast open spaces of Etosha range from the huge salt pans to swaying savannah grass and are natures backdrop to incredible wildlife including Lion Elephant Leopard Rhino Cheetah Springbok Jackal Zebra Giraffe Impala Hyena to name a few add the exceptional bird life and a beautiful sunsets and you can start to understand why a Safari holiday to Etosha Park is one of the main highlights of any trip to Namibia.

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Etosha National Park


Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species

Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a huge mineral pan roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around a quarter of the National Park.
The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time.
This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos.

The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time being from May to September - the cooler months in Namibia. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many antelope species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah.
There is a network of roads linking the three campsites and subsidiary roads lead to various waterholes.
The Etosha Park is one of the first places on any holiday itinerary in Namibia.

Visitors to Etosha have a choice of three rest camps and one luxury lodge inside the park: Namutoni, Halali, Okaukuejo and Onkoshi.
All three restcamps camps have floodlit waterholes, two of which provide excellent night game viewing.
Rhino and elephant are often seen at the waterhole at Okaukuejo, while the waterhole at Halali is fast attracting more wildlife. However, Namutoni waterhole can be disappointing because there are so many other waterholes in the vicinity.
Each camp has tourist facilities such as a restaurant, a shop (selling only basic goods), a motor garage for fuel and basic repairs, and a swimming pool, as well as various grades of accommodation and camping facilities.
Visitors to Etosha, can stop off at these camps for rest, recreation, and refueling.

Onkoshi Camp opened in September 2008 inside Etosha - this is the first development inside the park in several decades and offers an environmentally friendly luxury experience.

There is also accommodation around Etosha Park including: camping, lodges, tented camps and self catering.
Visitors should note that the park is only open from sunrise to sunset. Outside of these hours, visitors either have to be in one of the camps, or completely outside the park.

Map of Etosha Park

The main entrance to the park is called the "Andersson Gate" situated near Okaukuejo in the south. The eastern entrance is called the "Von Lindequist Gate" and is near Namutoni. The new "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" gate, (King Nehale Gate) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east.

Facilities in Etosha Park

etosha  namibiaDistances from Etosha

(Anderson Gate) to

Fish River Canyon

Borders to Etosha (Anderson Gate)

Ariamsvlei - SA
Noordoewer - SA
Velloorsdrift - SA
Buitepos - Botswana
Ngoma - Botswana
Wanela - Zambia
Kazangula - Zambia



History of Etosha
When it was originally proclaimed at the turn of the century the Etosha Park consisted of an area of 100,000 square kilometres. This was the largest reserve on earth but in the 1960's political pressure resulted in the Park being reduced to its current size.
Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected.

The Etosha Pan was one of several sites throughout southern Africa in the Southern African Regional Science Initiative (SAFARI 2000). Using satellites, aircraft, and ground-based data from sites such as Etosha, partners in this program collected a wide variety of data on aerosols, land cover, and other characteristics of the land and atmosphere to study and understand the interactions between people and the natural environment.


Accommodation in and around Etosha Park

Etosha Park Lodges

25km from Etosha west
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from R80 per person

Etosha Safari Camp
Etosha safari Lodge
Onguma Collection
Ongava Reserve Lodges
Mokuti Lodge
Mondjila Tented Camp
Toshari Lodge
Sachsenheim Guestfarm
!Uris Safari Lodge
Anderson Camp
Mushara Lodge

Etosha Gateway Camp
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Etosha Self Catering

22km from Etosha west
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from R75 per person

Etosha Village
Sachsenheim Farm Etosha

Mondjila Safari Camping
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Etosha Park Camping

10km from Etosha Gate west
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from R per person

Etosha Safari Camp
Etosha Gateway Camp
Mondjila Camping
Sachsenheim Camp
Etosha Onguma Camping

Etosha Safari Camping
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Halali Camp Okaukuejo Camp Onkoshi Lodge Namutoni Camp Mokuti Lodge sachsenheim guestfarm Ongava Lodge Etosha Village Etosha Safari Camp Ongava Tented Camp Little Ongava Anderson Camp Etosha Safari Lodge Toshari Lodge Mondjila Camp Onguma Bush Camp Onguma tented Camp Onguma Plains The Fort