Taleni Etosha Village: Our full report
Opened in 2008, Taleni Etosha Village is an affordable self-catering option (albeit with a restaurant), about 4km south of Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate. Built in the style of a traditional African village, or kraal, with spacious en-suite tented rooms, it's geared mostly to families wishing to explore Namibia's flagship safari park.
Beyond a secure parking area and the reception, b>central facilities at Taleni Etosha Village include a well-stocked general store which sells groceries, beverages and other essential self-catering items, as well as souvenirs. Laid out kraal-like around the restaurant are three canopied outdoor dining sites (Oshoto, Etala and Omuhama), where buffet-style breakfasts and dinners and a la carte lunches can be enjoyed. After dinner, you can enjoy a cool drink at the open-air bar, which also has satellite TV;. Free WiFi is available throughout the reception and restaurant, and tea, coffee and biscuits are available 24 hours. Families will particularly appreciate the three swimming pools, one of them shallow so good for younger children.
Taleni’s 40 tented rooms are built on raised timber decks, arranged to ensure privacy. Outside each is a barbecue area, furnished with a wooden table and chairs, and alongside a small kitchenette, complete with a washing-up area, two-plate hob and under-counter fridge. Cooking & eating utensils are available at the lodge's reception.
The tented bedrooms at Taleni Etosha Village feature twin beds, plus an additional sleeper couch for up to two children under 12 – who stay free of charge when sharing a room with their parents. There are shelves and hanging space for clothes, and a writing desk with a chair. Air conditioning, a safe and sockets for charging batteries are standard. The en-suite bathrooms have mopane branches for walls, and are fitted with a handbasin, a separate toilet and an open-air shower.
Although many guests choose to drive themselves around Etosha National Park, Taleni Etosha Village offers a range of activities. Prime among these are early morning, afternoon and full-day guided game drives into the park in one of two semi-open vehicles, each taking up to ten guests. A half-day drive lasting up to six hours will cost around N$550 (US$50) per person, including entrance fees and light refreshments. Typically, the drive will initially head for the waterhole at Okaukuejo, before exploring other waterholes and returning to Okaukuejo.
Other activities include stargazing, and sundowner trips into the bush, which cost around N$165 (US$15) per person, including your sundowner drink and light snacks.
Our viewTaleni Etosha Village is a comfortable, affordable option for families, and a good base from which to explore Etosha National Park and its fantastic wildlife. Visitors who would prefer not to drive themselves can take guided excursions into the park.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights
Directions: Taleni Etosha Village is located about 4km south of Etosha's Andersson Gate, on the C38.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Taleni Etosha Village is owned by Taleni Africa Tourism Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
Staff: The lodge's general manager is Fanie van Rooyen.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Room Only
Food quality: Breakfast is usually served as a buffet. Lunch is served à la carte. Dinner is usually served as a buffet, unless there are only a small number of guests in camp in which case it will be a set menu.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Taleni Etosha Village.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: Taleni Etosha Village has a shallow children’s pool as well as two larger swimming pools.
Equipment: Highchairs and cots are available on request. There's a sleeper couch for children in every room, and children under the age of 12 stay free of charge, when sharing a room with their parents.
Generally recommended for children: Taleni is a very child friendly environment, but aside from the pools, there isn’t a tremendous amount for children to do here.
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times, especially nearby the unfenced swimming pools.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a back-up generator.
TV & radio: The open-air bar has satellite TV.
Water supply: Borehole
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Outjo.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There's secure parking area on site.
Fire safety: Every room has a fire extinguisher and there is a fire hose in the main building.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: There’s a full laundry service, at an extra charge.
Money: There's a safe in every tent.
Accepted payment on location: Taleni Etosha Village accepts all major credit cards.