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Olifantsrus waterhole at Olifantsrus Restcamp in the western section of Etosha National Park

Olifantsrus means ‘resting place of the elephants’ – a sad reference to the Elephant abattoir which once operated here.

About: During the severe drought of the early 80s, park authorities were forced to cull over 525 Elephants to preserve water and vegetation. The waterhole was set up to cater to this facility and is still operational today.

Olifantsrus is the site of Etosha’s newest camp and boasts one of the best waterholes in southern Africa. The waterhole is overlooked by a state-of-the-art double story hide which provides excellent close-up viewing of all the species who visit there.

The surrounding grassy plains attract numerous animals to drink at Olifantsrus and Black-Shouldered Kites, Korhaans, Snake-Eagles, Bateleurs, Secretary Birds and Rollers are also abundant.

Water Source: Borehole

Water Availability: Year-round


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