Taleni Etosha Village: Our full report
Opened in 2008, Taleni Etosha Village is an affordable option just 4km south of Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate.Built in the style of a traditional African village, or kraal, with spacious en-suite rooms, it's geared mostly to families wishing to explore Namibia's flagship safari park. Taleni also has campsites that cater for individuals as well as groups.
Beyond a secure parking area and the reception, central facilities at Taleni Etosha Village include a well-stocked general store which sells a bit of everything - beverages, ice cream, books 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 45 luxury rooms are arranged in amongst the mopane forest that surrounds the camp and positioned to ensure privacy. When we last visited in March 2017, Taleni’s accommodation had been recently renovated, and the tented rooms replaced with more solid concrete units. Each room is built on a raised stone base with its own private patio over looking the bush, and inside the rooms are spacious and light with tiled floors and tastefully rustic décor.
The rooms 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 fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and sockets for charging batteries are standard. The en-suite bathrooms are modern and equipped with a walk-in shower, a handbasin, and separate toilet.
Outside each room are a car parking area and a picnic table - both set in the shade.
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$500 (US$40) 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. A full day drive, which includes lunch, is also possible and cost N$750 (US$55).
Other activities include stargazing, and sundowner trips in the mopane bush surrounding the lodge, cost around N$210 (US$15) per person.
Taleni 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.
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
- Ideal length of stay
- 2-3 nights
- Taleni Etosha Village is located about 4km south of Etosha's Andersson Gate, on the C38.
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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.
- 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.
- Children must be supervised at all times, especially nearby the unfenced swimming pools.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Taleni Etosha Village
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Taleni Etosha Village have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back-up generator.
- TV & radio
- The open-air bar has satellite TV.
- Water supply
Powered by the sun
Etosha Village uses the power of the sun to contribute to existing wildlife conservation projects, and also ensure the lodge is self-sufficient when it comes to hot water supplies.
Glass tube-filled solar panels are connected directly with geysers. Water in these tubes is heated during the day by the sun, and is then stored in the geysers before being used within the lodge. The lodge uses solar panels to heat its water which is used by its staff and guests throughout their stay. In addition, the lodge uses solar panels to power its battery-operated electric gates and solar lamps to light its paths and walkways – lessening the impact of visitors’ stay on the environment and lowering Etosha Village’s overall energy consumption.
The team at Etosha Village also harnesses solar power to fill waterholes, helping animals have uninterrupted access to clean water. In the same time, the solar powered pumps keep the waterholes at a specific depth to ensure animals aren’t trapped in the water, and are surrounded by fencing to keep wildlife safe from injury.
Etosha Village’s sustainable practices represent the lodge’s unwavering passion for environmental preservation through renewable energy. This has been recognized by tourists, who brought the lodge TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
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Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- 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.
- There's a safe in every room.
- Accepted payment on location
- Taleni Etosha Village accepts all major credit cards.
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