- Reviews: 249
Namutoni Camp: Staying on the eastern side of the park
Namutoni Camp is located near the north-eastern park boundary and is built around a restored, German colonial fort. There is a waterhole located at the site, and seemed to be full of frogs and much loved by the birds, but no larger animals. The waterhole is full of reeds, which provides a good hiding place for large predators, so no wonder that the animals do not visit here. There are a number of other waterholes in the area where they can go to drink.
It is a fairly large site, so campsites are large and spaced out.
There are two restaurants, a small shop, gift shops and even a jewellry store on site, all inside the old colonial fort.
There is a viewing area at the waterhole, and it can also be viewed from the fort's walls.
- Reviews: 249
Okaukeujo Camp: Accomodation in the western part of the park
Okaukeujo Camp is one of three camps located in the eastern part of the park, and it is the most westerly of these. You can see the reconstructed watch tower, that was part of the fort when approaching this site.
There are three types of accomodation offered here; camping, cabins and "luxury" cabins overlooking the waterhole. There is a small store where you can pick up food and snacks, as well as a souvenier shop and a post office are also located on site. There is a restaurant and pool there as well.
The entire site is fenced and gates, and the gates remain closed at night to keep the wildlife out; although we did see a jackel walking around a couple of times. The gates open at sunrise and shut again at sunset, as traffic is not permitted in the park at night.
There plenty of washrooms and showers, and the campsites do have power. There is water available, but it may not be so at every campsite. Garbage and recycle bins are available at every campsite. I did not get a chance to check out the non-camping accomodation.
THe campsite is quite popular, so the sites themselves are closer together and smaller than those found elsewhere. One "annoyance" is that this camp is popular with the bus tours (i.e. the ones marketed as "safaris". These groups tend to be large and travel in herds, so when they arrive, access to the showers and toilets is more difficult. They tend to be a bit noisy, but the most annoying thing that they do is that they feel that they have to get out for a game drive at the crack of dawn. This means that these buses wake everyone else up when they start up and idle their engines for 45 minutes before they depart...
The best known feature of this site is natural waterhole, that this site was built around. The waterhole is lit up at night and there is seating around the viewing area. It is considered to be one of the best places to catch a glimpse of a rhino, so while there are no guarantees, the probability of seeing one is higher here.
The water hole is the only source of drinking water in the area, so in dry season, its the only place for the animals to come to drink.
We did see an elephant, three rhinos, zebras and giraffes here, as well as some smalller animals including many birds and a few jackals.
I understand that a tourist was killed here a few years ago when a lion got into the camp itself from the waterhole.
- Reviews: 249
Dolomite Camp: Luxury in an isolated part of Western Etosha
Luxury accomodation in an area of the park that has just been opened to the public.
Nice food, drinks, pool, etc. Great view from the bar and pool.
The rooms are nicely appointed, with plenty of hot water, screening and netting and a small balcony.
You get there by entering the park through Galton Gate and Dolomite Camp is about a 45km drive from the gate.
It was a great break after a week of camping!
This facility is located in the western part of Etosha National Park in an area that had been closed to the public for decades. If is situated high on a rock, so you have to leave your car at the bottom of a hill and are brought up by a small vehicle. Make sure to bring all of your belongings.
The property opened in 2010, so is quite new and still under construction. There are individual chalets. Game drives are offered and you have to have your meals here; there are no nearby alternatives...
The view over the western park at sunrise (and sunset) is great, but you are far from the animals when you are in your chalet. It's a bit of an uphill walk from the dining rooms, bar and pool. The rooms are beautifully appointed.
The area is not (yet) fenced to one of the employees escorts you to your room after dark.
The facility is run by Namibian Wildlife Resorts.
- Reviews: 863
Halali - right in the middle of the park
It is situated between the other two restcamps at a distance of about 70 km from either of them. It is the smallest and quietest of the three camps. The waterhole, also floodlit at night, is a nice place in itself. A few hundred metres from the campsite, it is located among rocks and looks quite secluded and romantic. The problem is there were hardly any animals there at the time of our stay, so after the great experience in Okaukuejo, Halali was a big disappointment.
Taking into account that you are not allowed to leave the camp when it's dark, the only option was the bar which luckily served the drinks of our choice.
- Reviews: 863
There are three restcamps within the boundaries of the Etosha National Park. All three have bungalows (both in standard and luxury version), a site for tents, a shop offering a good choice of foodstuff including drinks. There's also a bar, restaurant and a souvenir shop.
The first restcamp to open was Okaukuejo which is situated at the western end of the park. Its biggest attraction is definitely a waterhole which is floodlit at night. Separated from the camp by a low stone wall, it attracts all sorts of animals which seem not to pay any attention to the audience gathered around. I don't know about other times, but in June (the time of our visit to Etosha) the waterhole was teeming with life around the clock. One could sit there for hours and take in the compelling show of animals coming and going.
One of the landmarks of the camp is a stone tower which offers nice views of the distant mountains.
- Reviews: 286
Okaukuejo Camp Site: Camping at the floodlit waterhole
This was a wonderful campsite. It was chosen as there is a large floodlit waterhole here and many animals come down to the waterhole at night. As I was here in August the weather had been dry for a long time and it was so wonderful to be able to see these wonderful animals wandering up and drinking at night.
The campsite itself was good - great toilet and bath facilites and good cooking areas. I had a ball here and spent two days on tours around the Park, always happy to get back to the camp - to wait for darkness and even more animals.
A wonderful, well lit waterhole - the best we saw at the park.
- Reviews: 494
Okaukeujo Restcamp: Okaukeujo
This was the first of 3 government restcamps to open in the park and is also the administrative centre of the Etosha Ecological Institute.
Accomodation is in luxury or standard bungalows and camping is also allowed with bbq facilities and power outlets for Rv's. There is a restaurant that serves pretty good food at reasonable prices as a buffet and drinks are served at the table by waiters/waitresses. There is a bar area just outside of the restaurant and by the pool is a kiosk, there is also the parks only post office and a very well stocked Curio or souvenir shop a small museum and a gas/petrol station for refuelling. Views across the park can be had from the tower situated near the camp entrance.
The camp has 90 bungalows and 26 tent pitches.
Okaukeujo has a large floodlit waterhole which is a main attraction every evening. You are more or less guaranteed wildlife and if lucky a sighting of Black Rhino.
We sat for a couple of hours before dinner and watched Oryx, Springbok, Zebra, Giraffe and Jackal at the water hole then a herd of about 20-30 Elephant came and crashed the party! It was a fantastic site seeing the herd head out from the bush on the horizon and then to see them right in front of us bathing, drinking and playing.
In the evening after dinner dinner we sat with a couple of little bottles of wine from the bar and watched a pair of Black Rhino drinking and then a stand-off with a lone bull Elephant. We neber saw any big cats but did hear
- Reviews: 23
Etosha National Lodge: Lodges and Camping
great amenities, including a fantastic pool - ideal to escape savage namibian heat.
they have every type of accomodation available to fit everyone's needs
amazing water hole with spotlights for night viewing - the best time to do so.
- Reviews: 1390
Campgrounds in the national park: Camping in Etosha
We stayed at two different campgrounds within Etosha, they are so well set up its unreal.
One had a small shop, swimming pool and restaurant. Oh, there was an internet cafe at this one too, and the other was a little more basic but still offered a shop.
The ground was hard and pretty uncomfortable for camping! But the facilities were great - clean and comfortable ablution blocks.
At the second camp we stayed at the rain lashed out of the sky, because our tent was on mud it soon became a piglets dream!
We managed to get over to the reception just before it closed and bagged ourselves one of the cheap rooms for the night. This room came with a bathroom and 2 beds - it was nothing special, but to us that night it was like paradise out of the rain!
- Reviews: 4689
The Namutoni Camping site located on the eastern side of the park. It is yet again a great campsite nice and clean with all the great facilities as well as a good store for groceries and souvenirs.
- Reviews: 4689
The Halali camping site is located in the centre of the park, so if you plan to go from west to east or vice versa, that is the best option and this way no need to drive back the end of the day from where you started.
- Reviews: 4689
Okaukuejo Camp: Okaukuejo Camp
Okaukuejo Camp is on the west side of the park, it is well organise, clean and have all the great facilities for camping, cooking etc. Of course a good store as well for your supply as well as gas station. You can also stay in a bungalow, chalet, rooms etc, but the tent for us was perfect.
*The place has also great nightlife at the waterhole where we saw the rhinos.
- Reviews: 1849
Etosha rest camps.
Etosha has three rest camps: Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, the facilities of all the camps are the similar, showers, toilets, bar and restaurant, a shop for drinks, snacks and souvenirs, a post box, and a filling station.
- Reviews: 558
Namutoni: Third restcamp in Etosha
Here there are the same amenities as the other two restcamps I mentioned above, and also another floodlit waterhole. Also nice, with layout approximately the same as the others ... not as crowded as Okakuejo but not as quiet as Halali either.
Oh here I just loved the Grey Go-Away Birds ... so cute!! (just have look at pic) I don't know how anyone would name them Go-Away Birds!!!!! I certainly did not want them to go away ... even though I do have an incling they are pests as they were rummaging through the rubbish and they do chatter a lot ...
- Reviews: 558
Halali Restcamp: Etosha's Quietest Restcamp
I really loved this place because it is MUCH more peaceful than the two other counterparts in Etosha. Even the atmosphere is nicer ... I think there are more trees here that's why. As in the case of Okakuejo and Namutoni there is everything you might need here ... restaurant, swimming pool, reception area/info centre, grocery store, bungalows, fuel station, campsite with showers etc.
If, like me, you don't like the crowds you will love this place. And it is also in the middle of the park, surrounded by some really interesting waterholes. Of course check out the Moringa waterhole, the floodlit one you can walk to after dinner.
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