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 $9,830 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Etosha & Surrounds, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Maun

Luxury Namibia Train Journey

Cost Per Person
From $5,180 (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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mokuti Lodge

    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 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.

  • 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.