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.
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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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Very nice place but when we arrived there was no electricity, so no light, no showers during the night...
Nice campsite in a even more beautiful area of Etosha. Lot of animals around and they have a very nice waterhole.
In the park, probably one of the best because not crowded. Interesting concept to follow-up the wild from the observatory.
Quietest part of Etosha. We barely saw other tourists. It was nicely set apart. The watering hole was really cool with the screens.
Very nice and informal camp (only) site. Highly recommended. (Actually the only site in Etosha where I saw any big animal (black rhino).
Very basic campsite... nothing to buy (not even wood), so guests need to bring everything they need. Worth going for the view on the animals.
Fairly new but a bit disappointing. There was no hot water in the showers, and there are only 2 showers for the whole campsite. Waterhole was great though.
Olifantsrus is a magical place! We enjoyed our night there very much! We were warmly welcome by the staff and we appreciated the intimacy of this small campsite far from everything.
Even though it's still under construction this may have been my favorite camp in Etosha. The camp and entire area were so quiet and mellow. Hope it doesn't become over developed too soon.
Really lovely small campsite - made better by the fact there was no lodge! The presence of a floodlit hide was excellent and gave the opprtuniity to see rhino at close quarters. Good facilities - friendly helpful staff
Appears bleak at first (bare sand) but adequate shade, helpful staff and really good hide above waterhole, illuminated at night - black rhinos, elephant and other species, lions roaring just outside the fence at night. Recommended.
The best place we camped. Nice and small, only a few campers around once the gate closes, friendly staff, and amazing 2-floor hide. Best stars we've ever seen, great for astrophotography once the generator goes off and the lights go out!
A well built site that was so clean you could eat off the floor. Helpful staff Good waterhole viewing Would benefit from a table/worktop in the Braai area to do your kitchen stuff and some shade. Last why not put some gravel paths between pitches and the ablutions block.
The camp site is very new, the staff very friendly and smiling. The history of this place is not very nice to hear but it is fantastic how things can be changed! The waterhole is very exclusive and comfortable and you are in the middle of the Etosha park!! Warmly recommended!
Simple but elegant architecture. Helpful and smiling staff, but some of them at times to busy talking in their mobile phones - making you afraid of disturbing them. (Talking and talking in front of bathrooms). Fantastic watching tower; we saw an elephant!- really the highlight.
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)Download Map
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