Safari to Etosha and Surrounds

One of the finest game reserves of the African continent, Etosha National Park protects an area the size of Holland. Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place' is named after the massive pan that covers some 3100 square miles. The pan seldom contains any water as it is not river fed but dependent on rainfall. The park offers excellent game viewing throughout the year. In the dry season thousands of animals converge to drink at the waterholes beside the pan, during the rainy season it is easy to spot wildlife when the open plains bloom with life. During the day you can easily see springbok, eland, zebra, gemsbok, impala, black and white rhino, a variety of birdlife and the occasional predator; leopard, lion and cheetah are present. At night you can observe hyenas and lions at one of the park's floodlit waterholes. For most of the year, these waterholes are ideal places just to sit quietly observing and photographing game.

Busy Etosha waterhole by Caroline Culbert With a safari to Etosha and Surrounds take in gemsbok and springbok sightings - by Wilderness Safaris Zebra at Etosha waterhole by Dana Allen

Etosha And Surrounds Highlights

  • Phenomenal game viewing all year round but particularly in dry season
  • The chance to see rare black and white rhino
  • Floodlit waterholes for night time game viewing
  • Excellent private game reserves nearby the national park
  • Springbok, eland, gemsbok, impala, leopard, lion, cheetah and hyena are common sightings
  • See the Etosha Pan itself, at over 6000kmĀ² it is the largest salt pan in Africa.

Bordering the national park are a number of private game reserves, most of which offer superb wildlife, good guiding, high quality accommodation and obviously the advantage of lower visitor density. The best known of these, Ongava Game Reserve, offers guided game drives and walking safaris. Experience the best of both worlds, however, with drives into the national park itself. With a safari to Etosha and surrounds you can take-in some of Africa's most unique scenery and phenomenal game viewing.

Selected Etosha And Surrounds Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Etosha And Surrounds

All Namibia Itineraries
Himba Women - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Wonders of Namibia and Botswana

Cost Per Person
From $9,790 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Etosha & Surrounds, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Maun

Luxury Namibia Train Journey

Cost Per Person
From $5,140 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Etosha & Surrounds, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Pretoria

Etosha And Surrounds Accommmodation

All Namibia accommodations
  • Ongava Tented Camp
    Tent interior

    Tucked away in one of Etosha's hidden valleys, this superb tented camp provides the gateway to countless a number of activities, including guided walks and the chance to see a range of wildlife species, including black and white rhino.

  • Andersson's Camp
    Lounge area

    Anderson's Camp is set in the Ongava Reserve, a private slice of wilderness on the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park. Once an old farmhouse, stay in refurbished rooms, enjoy views of the waterhole and take-in superb game viewing.

  • Little Ongava
    Lounge area

    Overlooking a nearby waterhole get closer to the action from this intimate camp. Relax in one of 3 suites, track white rhino and explore the Ongava Private Game Reserve and Etosha National Park.

  • Namutoni Resort
    Bush Chalet 2

    Namutoni Resort built around an unusual, white-washed German Fort on the Eastern side of Etosha National Park, overlooking the King Nehale waterhole.

  • Ongava Lodge
    Unit interior

    Explore the private Ongava Game Reserve from this charming little property that overlooks a waterhole - ideal for casual game viewing. Dine under the stars and go in search of black and white rhino.

  • Peace Garden Lodge

    On the outskirts of Grootfontein Town this lodge is perfect for a stopover on a self-drive itinerary around Namibia.

  • Toshari Lodge
    Toshari lodge - entrance

    An affordable and well located option for Etosha National Park, it is perfect for day visits to the park either on your own or with the Lodge guide.

  • Etosha Safari Camp

    A simple property but one that affords an excellent base from which to explore Etosha: located only 10km from Anderson's Gate. Sit on your veranda and admire the view, relax in the pool and embark on exciting game drives.

  • Etosha Safari Lodge
    Etosha Safari Lodge exterior - rear

    Just 10km from the Andersson Gate of Etosha National Park, the Etosha Safari Lodge is a welcoming, stylish property from which to explore the wildlife of the national park and the surrounding area.

  • Etosha Village
    Bush buffet dining

    Just two kilometres from the Andersson Gate of Etosha National Park is the Taleni property, Etosha Village which offers its guests an affordable option, in quality tents, close to Etosha's famous waterholes.

  • Halali Camp
    Bush Chalet

    Halali Camp is situated at the base of a dolomite hill, amid shady Mopane trees, in the centre of the Etosha National Park. It's selling point is its very close proximity of some of the park's most popular waterholes.

  • Mokuti Lodge
    Mokuti by night

    The name Mokuti roughly translates to 'in the forest', aptly named as the lodge rooms hide among the stunning gardens and trees. The lodge is located just a four minute drive from the main gates of Etosha National Park,

  • Okaukuejo Camp
    camp view

    Take-in casual game viewing from the floodlit waterhole adjacent to camp, stay in comfortable rooms, relax in one of 3 pools and enjoy exciting day and night game drives.

  • Onguma Bush Camp
    Reception entrance

    Located within the Onguma Game Reserve, on the Eastern edge of the Etosha Pan, Onguma Bush Camp is a great place to get up close and personal with some of southern Africa's wildlife.

  • Onguma Etosha Aoba Lodge
    Aoba Entrance

    Located within the Onguma Game Reserve, on the Eastern edge of the Etosha Fischer's Pan, the intimate Onguma Etosha Aboa is a great base for self-drive safari stays within the Etosha National Park.

  • Onguma Tented Camp
    main lounge

    Located within the Onguma Game Reserve, the exclusive, 'bush-chic', Onguma Tree Top Camp is a great place to sit back, relax and let the wildlife come to you.

  • Onguma Tree Top Camp
    Onguma Tree Top Camp

    Located within the Onguma Game Reserve, the rustic Onguma Tree Top Camp gets you close to the native wildlife, but, raised on wooden stilts, keeps you at a safe distance while overlooking one of the most beautiful, active waterholes in the reserve.

  • The Mushara Bush Camp
    Tent interior

    This camp's comfortable and airy rooms are the perfect base for exploring Etosha National Park. Set just outside of Namibia's game viewing capital, from Mushara enjoy exciting game drives, a main veranda area and tales around the campfire.

  • The Mushara Lodge
    Chalet bedroom

    Set on the border of the Etosha National Park this well-appointed and intimate lodge offers 10 chalets set around a pool. Venture into Etosha for exciting game drives and wildlife sightings.

  • The Mushara Outpost
    Tent bedroom

    While authentically African, with a design reminiscent of an old farmhouse, this property offers modern style and comfort. Explore Mushara's own 2,500 hectare reserve for superb birding and Etosha National Park for big game viewing.

  • Villa Mushara
    Villa bedroom

    A private escape with only 2 villas on offer, relax with spacious interiors, make use of Mushara Lodge's main area nearby and enjoy thrilling excursions into Etosha National Park.

  • Epacha Game Lodge & Spa
    Lodge exterior

    Situated within one of the largest game reserves in Namibia, the Epacha Game Lodge & Spa is perched on the hills overlooking the private reserve, less than an hour's drive from the Etosha National Park.

  • Onkoshi Camp
    Onkoshi - entrance

    Experience the beauty of the Etosha Pan from this exclusive eco-friendly resort. Well off the tourist trail, this resort offers a truly unique experience.