Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park covers some 8,600 square miles of northwestern Namibia and has been a game reserve since 1907, and was made a National Park in 1967. ’Etosha’ rather aptly translates as ‘Great White Place’ - the name coming from the Etosha Pan which is a 75 mile long dry salt lakebed and surroundings which are part of the Kalahari Basin.

The savannah area around the pan is home to herds of elephants and migratory birds as well as flamingos, zebra, blue wildebeest and springbok, the endangered black rhinoceros, lions, leopards and antelopes. The greater park is home to several hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Close to Twyfelfontein lies two interesting features, Burnt Mountain and the 'Organ Pipes', a geological feature caused by weathering around dolorite pillars. Burnt Mountain get its name from the areas of black limestone that surround the base.On the southern border of the park lies the Ondundozonananandana hills (Leopard Hills). This striking name translates as ‘place where young boy herding cattle went to never return’ - an indication of the number of cat predators including leopards in the area. Most of the park is savanna woodlands except for areas close to the pan, with sandveld in the north eastern corner containing Acacia and Terminalia trees in abundance.

Visitors on safari can expect to see an abundance of African elephant, giraffe, lions and leopards as well as numerous other species in abundance. More rarely seen are the black rhinoceros and white rhinoceros.

Travel Itineraries Featuring Etosha National Park

The Best Time To Visit Etosha National Park

The dry season in Namibia (May to October) is the best time to visit for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals congregate by the numerous waterholes and the grasses are lower than at other times of year, offering a better view.

During the rainy season (November to April) the landscape is transformed with into a lush green oasis, with the massive salt plan turning into a temporary lake that attracts wetland birds and flamingo in untold thousands. Many birds from the Northern Hemisphere also migrate south to Etosha offering some spectacular viewing opportunities.

Places To Stay Near Etosha National Park

Ongava Game Reserve

central etosha region

Anderssons Camp – 20 tented units; Ongava Tented Camp – 8 tented units; Ongava Lodge – 13 Chalets and 1 Family unit; Little Ongava – 3 units

The private 30 000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve borders the Etosha National Park to the north. Mornings are normally spent within Etosha and afternoons on the reserve, which is home to Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephants, plains game and prolific birdlife. There are 4 camps on the reserve. Anderssons Camp and Ongava Tented Camp are both traditional tented camps. Ongava Lodge is the ‘main’ camp and Little Ongava is a very exclusive small lodge situated atop a hill. The lodge, Anderssons and the tented camp all have family units and each camp/lodge has a small swimming pool. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife area and one of Africa’s largest parks.

Onguma Game Reserve

eastern etosha region

Tented Camp – 7 safari tents; Treetop Camp – 4 thatched and canvas rooms

In the local Herero language, Onguma means, ‘the place you don't want to leave.’ Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Private Nature Reserve is a 34,000 hectare reserve boasting over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game and predators, black rhino and more than 300 bird species.

Enjoy game drives on Onguma or into Etosha National Park, the largest national park in Namibia. Tented Camp overlooks a waterhole, with seven en-suite safari tents with private patios, and has a rim flow pool. Treetop Camp has 4 thatch and canvas rooms, and also overlooks a waterhole.

Mushara Lodge

10 Chalets

Mushara Lodge is situated just 8km from the eastern gate to Etosha National Park. The lodge is situated on it’s own 2,500 ha private reserve where a variety of wildlife and birdlife can be found. It is surrounded by the Purple Pod Terminalia tree, from which the name Mushara is derived.

Villa Mushara

2 Villas

Experience the best of both worlds in the two large, luxurious and exclusive villas, each with private plunge pool.

Mushara Outpost

8 Tented Chalets

Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in custom-made tent-like wood and canvas structures which are nestled on the banks of an ancient dry riverbed, known as ”omuramba” in the Herero language. Mushara Outpost is all about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, friendly and personalized service on the doorstep to the wonders of Etosha National Park.

The Bush Camp

12 tents and 4 family units

The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guest and 8 children in custom made tent like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travellers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.

What a place to stay! Right by the waterfront with the most astonishing range of facilities and a service that is second to none in all aspects. A quite remarkable experience by any measure.

john & phillipa miller, tanzania 2014