Etosha National Park - Namibia
Dolomite Camp is located in western Etosha National Park, near the Dolomietpunt waterhole. Guests can now stopover here which will break up their journey through the park. It is set on a large ridge which offers superb views of the going's on of the plains below. It was the first camp to be built on this side of Etosha, opening up a section of the park previously not accessible to mainstream tourists.
Wildlife here includes Hartmann's zebra which does not occur in the eastern section of the park. The surrounding vegetation of mainly karstveldt and mopane shrubland is different to the rest of Etosha Park. The unusual rock formations ensure that game drives are conducted in one of the park's most scenic locations. The dolomite hill setting of the camp, boasts hundreds of seasonally blooming plant species, a lure for botanists and photographers alike.
The closest entrance for Self-drive visitors to Etosha is through the western entrance 'Galton's Gate' (45km). The other restcamps located inside Etosha National Park are Okaukuejo Camp (180km from Dolomite Camp), Halali Camp (250km), Namutoni Camp (320km) and Onkoshi Camp (350km), these can now be reached using the Galton's gate but one must allow plenty of time to traverse the park (the speed limit is 60km/h and game viewing is plentiful).
The western section now open to the public measures approximately one-third of the total area of Etosha Park itself. Although the main wildlife spectacles occur in and around the waterholes and vegetation of the Etosha Pan, game viewing is also very good in this area. There are no fewer than 15 waterholes in the vicinity of Dolomite Camp (although unlike other sections of the park here the access roads to many of these waterholes are not clearly marked). The hilly and rocky terrain here also becomes a wildlife retreat for the entire park during the wet season.
Dolomite Camp is much smaller that the three more established camps in Etosha (Okaukuejo, Halali & Namutoni) and the emphasis here is on a more exclusive experience with a focus on personal service and smaller numbers. The staff are friendly and well trained and although the overall experience may not be as smooth as that offered by the privately owned lodges which surround Etosha.
On arriving at Dolomite Camp guests are required to park their vehicles in the parking area at the foot of the hill. From this area you, and your luggage, are then transported (by golf cart) up the hill to reception. From here you will be shown around the camp and to your room. As Dolomite Camp is an unfenced camp, guests are not allowed to walk around after dark, and a member of staff will escort you to and from your room (all rooms are equipped with a phone - which can be used to request an escort).
The camp's interior blends and harmonizes with the immediate environment. Facilities include a reception, guest lounge, fireside boma, laundry service, 2 x restaurant areas, swimming pool and secure parking. A fairly long and steep path from the bar and restaurant area leads to the accommodation, this distance and uneven surface can lead to issues for some older or less fit visitors (although golf carts are available to ferry people around the camp). There are 20 elevated thatched en-suite chalets, nestled amongst dolomite rocky outcrops. Privacy and dramatic panoramic landscape views are guaranteed.
- Bush Chalets: 17 west-facing single or double chalets are equipped with 2 beds, lounge area and comfy chairs, mosquito net, tea/coffee station, in-room safe and a wardrobe. Savour spectacular sunset views. The east-facing chalets have similar facilities but with striking sunrise views.
- Deluxe Chalets: The 3 Deluxe Chalets, a single and a double bed in each, are east-facing affording beautiful views at sunrise. They are equipped with similar facilities to the Bush Chalets with a private plunge pool.
Large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope wander the plains around Dolomite Camp. Black and white rhino are present in numbers, often at Klip-pan waterhole. Previously endangered species such as the black rhino and black-faced impala have been successfully bred here. Wildlife excursions are conducted by professional and knowledgeable tour guides. Apart from the normal Etosha game viewing a special attraction of the Otjiovasondo area is the opportunity to see both the Plains Zebra and the Mountain Zebra drinking or grazing side by side and spotting the rare Sable Antelope.
- Guided Game Drives
- Game viewing is offered in the parks own game drive vehicles
- Bird Watching
- Hundreds of species have been recorded in the area. Photographers should relish the chance of adding to this list.
A mid market lodge, situated on the Ongava Private Reserve, very close to the main, Andersson, entrance to Etosha Park
On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundaries. It is a smaller lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park
Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp
Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp
Only 10km's from the park, Etosha Safari Camp offers good quality budget accommodation
Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park
40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant
Situated just north of the town of Outjo around 90km south of the Park
One of the five camps situated inside the park, generally less popular with visitors than Okaukuejo or Namutoni but has the advantage of a secluded quiet spot lit waterhole
On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area
Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park
Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park
Accommodation in permanently erected tents, 14km south of the park
Extremely popular and busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay
A brand new campsite inside Etosha Park. No accommodation is available here and this only caters for self-sufficient campers. A highlight of the camp is the unique hide which overlooks the camps waterhole
Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park
On the same property as Ongava Lodge, but offering a more traditional tented safari style experience
Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.
This small family owned and managed guest farm is situated in easy driving distance of Etosha. The tranquil gardens and homely atmosphere make for a relaxed stay far from the crowds of the more commercial lodges
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