Etosha Safari Camp is large and friendly.
Etosha Safari Camp: Our full report
Situated just 10km south of the Andersson Gate on the southern side of Namibia’s flagship Etosha National Park, Etosha Safari Camp is a large and friendly lodge, with plenty of character. It is well placed for visitors to the national park, either on their own or on game drives with experienced guides from the camp.
Etosha Safari Camp has 50 fairly simple chalets, each with its own shaded veranda, furnished with a couple of deck chairs and a table. The chalets are comfortable, with paintings of animals on the polished stone floors, cheerful bedspreads and colourful artwork on the walls. Each has twin/double beds, a mosquito net, a safe, air conditioning and plug sockets for charging electricals. The en-suite bathroom has a sink and mirror, toilet, and funky shower with an elephant painted on the wall.
The real highlight of Etosha Safari Camp is its fun, eccentric and colourful main area. Bringing the spirit of a township to life, it feels like every inch of wall space is covered by a quirky relic – from bicycles to gas lamps, and street signs to watering cans! Buffet meals are served here, and the bar is in the style of a traditional shebeen, complete with empty bottles, a serving window and a pool table.
Central to Etosha Safari Camp is a courtyard and campfire area laid out with funky furniture, such as chairs made from baths and reused car tyres. There’s live music here almost every night and it’s a sociable place to spend your evenings.
The sparkling round swimming pool, with sunloungers and a few umbrellas, offers some respite from the heat. When we were last here in June 2014 we were told of plans to refurbish this in the next year or so.
Activities at Etosha Safari Camp are focused on game viewing in Etosha National Park. For travellers with a hire car it’s easy to drive yourself into the park, but you can instead take a guided drive from the camp – morning, afternoon and full-day drives are offered here. It’s advisable to book guided activities early, though, as the game-drive vehicles are shared with its sister property, Etosha Safari Lodge, so can get fully booked in high season.
Our viewEtosha Safari Camp is a great base from which to explore Etosha National Park. It’s a friendly, funky lodge with plenty of character, offering a relatively simple, good-value and comfortable stay very close to Etosha’s Andersson Gate.
Ideal length of stay: Two to three nights
Directions: Etosha Safari Camp is located on the C38, about 2.4km from Etosha Safari Lodge, and 10km south of Etosha's Andersson Gate.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Part of the Gondwana Collection.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: We didn’t stay or eat here – but we understand meals are generally served as a buffet, in the main shebeen area.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No.
Further dining info: When we last visited in June 2014, dinner cost N$230 (around £14/US$21) per person.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Etosha Safari Camp.
Equipment: A baby cot and two highchairs are available.
Generally recommended for children: A great place for older children and teenagers – it’s a laid-back environment with plenty of space to burn off steam.
Notes: The pool is unfenced so children should always be supervised.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a back-up generator.
Communications: There is free WiFi in the main areas.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: There are flushing toilets and plumbed in showers.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Outjo, about 75km away.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There are security guards at the gate during the day, and at night they patrol in camp.
Laundry facilities: There is a laundry service for an extra cost.
Money: There are safes in the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: Namibian dollars and South African rand are accepted. Travellers can also pay with Visa and Mastercard, but not travellers’ cheques.