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Olifantsrus - Etosha National Park

Etosha Game Reserve - Namibia

Olifantsrus Campsite is the newest camp to open inside Etosha National Park, located in the previously under-utilized western region. The main drawcard here is a glass fronted hide which overlooks a productive waterhole, attracting some of the biggest and often rarest of inhabitants. This is a departure from the more traditional tourist destinations inside Etosha in that it does not have any accommodation in rooms or bungalows and offers a camping only experience. Visitors can also use Olifantsrus as both a lunch and overnight stopover between Dolomite Camp (50km) and Okaukuejo Rest Camp (130km). Galton Gate is some 60km away.

Etosha is one of the world's largest and most popular Game Parks. Centrally located is a large salt pan which can fill with water in good rainy years. Many of the park's main waterhole's border Etosha Pan, although some are far from your accommodation and require forward planning before you set off on your journey.

One of the key attractions of Olifantsrus is the state-of-the-art hide, a split-level game viewing hut with all-round aluminium viewing windows sited in front of a man-made waterhole, engineered for peaceful game viewing. The name Olifantsrus translates to 'resting place of elephants' and their continual movement in this area of the park are complemented with rare and shy species such as black rhino and black-faced impala.

For you convenience there is an information centre and kiosk selling beverages, light meals, snacks and drinks. The kiosk only accepts cash as there are no card facilities in place. The camp's picturesque picnic facilities are also open to day visitors.

Overnight in 10 camp sites with a maximum of 8 people per site. Campers have use of the communal kitchen with a 2 plate gas stove and a fridge. The ablution blocks (with toilets and showers) accommodates male and female campers as well as day visitors. Although there are no braai facilities, flat bases are provided to build your fire.

  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Info Center
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Elephants have right of way on Etosha's roads
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Camp Site
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: The Hide
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Drinking youngster
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Elephants
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Giraffe
  • Olifantsrus Campsite: Picnic Areas
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Game Drive
There are many waterholes on the way to and from both Dolomite and Okaukeujo Camps, notably Nomab (plant root) whose tubers are sought after by elephants. Tobieroen is known to attract rare roan and sable antelope, eagles, vultures and kori bustard. They are both ideal for photography on either the cool of the early morning and late afternoon when most visitors choose to drive themselves around the park. Stopping at the various waterhole's and watching the animals as they come down to drink is hugely rewarding.
The Hide:
A wooden walkway leads from the campsite to a double story state-of-the-art glass fronted hide which overlooks a man-made waterhole. Expect elephant, black rhino, ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, Burchell's zebra and blue wildebeest to visit throughout the day and night. Birders can look out for kori bustard, black-chested and brown snake-eagles, bateleur, secretarybird, black-shouldered kite, rollers and korhaans.
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Directions to the lodge

Olifantsrus can either be accessed via the Anderson or Galton Gates. The campsite is situated approximately 130 km from Okaukuejo & 60 km from the Galton gate (Otjovasandu)

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Anderssons Camp

A mid market lodge, situated on the Ongava Private Reserve, very close to the main, Andersson, entrance to Etosha Park

Dolomite Camp

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

Eagle Tented Camp

Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp

Epacha Game Lodge and Spa

Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp

Etosha Safari Camp

Only 10km's from the park, Etosha Safari Camp offers good quality budget accommodation

Etosha Safari Lodge

Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park

Etosha Village

40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant

Etotongwe Lodge

Situated just north of the town of Outjo around 90km south of the Park

Halali

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

Hobatere Lodge

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

Little Ongava

Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park

Mondjila Safari Camp

Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park

Mopane Village Etosha

Accommodation in permanently erected tents, 14km south of the park

Okaukuejo

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

Olifantsrus Campsite

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

Ongava Lodge

Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park

Ongava Tented Camp

On the same property as Ongava Lodge, but offering a more traditional tented safari style experience

Toshari Lodge

Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.

Vreugde Guest Farm

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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