Etosha National Park

Information on one of Namibia's National parks.

The Etosha National Park (from 1958) is located 435 km (Okaukuejo Camp) or 530 km (Namutoni Camp) north of Windhoek. The park can be entered through either Von Lindequist (Namutoni) or Andersson Gate (Okaukuejo). It is one of the Africa's largest parks covering area of 22 270 square kilometres. The Etosha pan's size is 4 590 square kilometres, while all pans cover more than 5 100 square kilometres.
The Etosha National Park Namibia
Name. The word ''etosha'' means place of dry water or, according to other sources, huge, white area.
History. Game Reserve 2, proclaimed by German Governor Friedrich Von Lindequist in 1907, comprised the Etosha pan and most of Kaokoland and covered almost 100 000 square kilometres. The park was reduced in 1947 by allocating Kaokoland to Herero. According to recommendations of Odendaal Commission (1962) park's area was reduced even further. The present size of the park is 77 per cent less than before the Odendaal Commission.
Best time for visit. Winters are cool and dry in the park. Game tend to stay closer to water holes and chances to spot species are better. The rainy season normally begins at the end of October - beginning of November.
Average rainfall figures: Okaukuejo: 412 mm, Halali: 430 mm, Namutoni: 442 mm.
The Etosha National Park Namibia
Camps.
Okaukuejo. The oldest camp in the park, opened in October 1957, is the home of Etosha Ecological Institute. Established in the end of last century as a control post to combat the spread of foot-and-mouth disease of cattle, illegal hunting and gun trading. Attractions: water tower (1963), floodlit water hole in the camp frequently visited by elephants, rhinos, lions and different species of antelopes.
Namutoni. The camp was opened in 1958. The first fort (1902-03), erected as a border post and was attacked in 1904 by 500 Ovambos. The garrison of seven German soldiers successfully defended fort for the whole day and The Etosha National Park Namibia retreated later during the night. Next day fort was completely destroyed by Ovambos. After Herero uprising Namutoni fort was rebuild and later used as a police post but during the course of time fall in disuse. Restoration works began on the end of 30s when one of the towers was destroyed by lightning. In 1950 the Namutoni fort was declared a National Monument. The restaurant, additional accommodation units and shop were added in 1983.
Halali. The newest camp was opened in 1967. The name derived from the sound of traditional German hunting horn used to announce the end of the hunt. The only hills in the park are located here.
Vegetation. The vegetation groups can be identified as follows: grass plains along the pan (e.g. Andoni, Chudob), mopane woodland (Okerfontein), mixed thorns and terminalias (Namutoni), dense woodlands (tamboti, thorns, mopane) (Namutoni-Okerfontein).
Altitude. The average height of the park is around 1000 m above sea level.
Attention:
SPEED LIMIT IN THE PARK IS 60 KM/H

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Accommodation and camping (photo album camping ablutions) per night Okaukuejo: on request

Unit type Number of units Daily rates per person Single rate Note
Premier Waterhole Chalet (new double story chalet with balcony overlooking the waterhole),
4 beds, min 2
5 - N/A Dinner, bed and breakfast Maximum 4 adults
Waterhole chalet double room 2 beds 30 - - Dinner, bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Family chalet 4 beds, min 2 2 - N/A Bed and breakfast
Maximum 4 adults
Bush chalet 2 beds 20 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Double room 2 beds 40 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Camping 26 - - Maximum 8 persons per site
Provision for children will be made upon arrival; however the booking must be made in advance.
Activities
Guided morning drives - on request - No children under the age of 6 permitted
Guided afternoon drives - on request -
Guided night drives - on request -

Accommodation per night Onkoshi: on request

Unit type Number of units Daily rates per person Single rate Note
Onkoshi Chalet 2 beds 14 - - All meals, park entrance fees, all activities (professionally guided morning, afternoon,
and night game drives to surrounding areas of the park, including access
to exclusive areas within the north-eastern sandveld area)
Onkoshi Honeymoon Chalet 1 - - All meals, park entrance fees, all activities (professionally guided morning, afternoon,
and night game drives to surrounding areas of the park, including access
to exclusive areas within the north-eastern sandveld area)

Accommodation and camping per night Halali: on request

Unit type Number of units Daily rates per person Single rate Note
Premier Bush Chalet: Honeymoon suite (new developed chalet with Jacuzzi) double bed 5 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 4 adults
Family chalet 4 beds, min 2 2 - N/A Bed and breakfast
Maximum 4 adults
Bush chalet 2 beds: access for disabled 10 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Bush chalet 2 beds 10 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Bush chalet 4 beds, min 2 10 - N/A Bed and breakfast
Maximum 4 adults
Double room 2 beds 39 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Camping 40 - - Maximum 8 persons per site
Provision for children will be made upon arrival; however the booking must be made in advance.
Disabled access units available - please specify when booking
Activities
Guided morning drives - on request - No children under the age of 6 permitted
Guided afternoon drives - on request -
Guided night drives - on request -

Accommodation and camping (photo album camping ablutions) per night Namutoni: on request

Unit type Number of units Daily rates per person Single rate Note
Bush Chalet 2 beds 20 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Double room 2 beds 24 - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Camping 25 - - Maximum 8 persons per site
Provision for children will be made upon arrival; however the booking must be made in advance.
Disabled access units available - please specify when booking
Activities
Guided morning drives - on request - No children under the age of 6 permitted
Guided afternoon drives - on request -
Guided night drives - on request -

Accommodation per night Dolomite Camp: on request

Unit type Number of units Daily rates per person Single rate Note
Bush chalet 2 beds - - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
Deluxe chalet - - - Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults

Rates for guided drives per person:

Camp Morning Afternoon Night
Okaukuejo on request on request on request
Halali on request on request on request
Namutoni on request on request on request

Other facilities: shop, kiosk, swimming pool, restaurant, fuel (no diesel). No banking facilities.
Conference facilities (40 pax):
Rate: on request.
Other facilities: shop, kiosk, swimming pool, restaurant, fuel, mail facilities, fire wood. No banking facilities.
Restaurants:
Open: 7.00-9.00, 12.00-14.00, 18.00-22.00
Meal times:
7.00-8.30, 12.00-13.30, 18.00-20.30

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P.O. Box 3127 Windhoek, Namibia
Fax:  +264 61 244558
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DAILY PARK AND RESORT FEES (PER PERSON AND PER VEHICLE) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN ACCOMMODATION FEES!


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