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Olifantsrus Rest Camp

The gamehide at Olifantsrus camp in Etosha National Park

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The latest addition to Etosha National Park’s accommodation offering opens up a new world of exploration for safari travellers, especially those who like a no-frills wilderness experience.

Olifantsrus Camp is located in the north western reaches of the park in between Okaukuejo and Dolomite Camp in the previously off-limits region of the park. This new camp is part of an initiative to upgrade and renovate the park infrastructure, facilitated by the Millennium Challenge Account, and is located on the site of a controversial elephant culling which took place during the 1980s.

The Interpretation Centre at Olifantsrus pays tribute to these elephants, providing insight into the drastic measures taken during the severe drought of 1980-83, and exposés the more humane methods of population control that are used today.

Situated in a less frequented area of Etosha, Olifantsrus makes a convenient halfway point between the popular main camps and the more exclusive Dolomite camp, with umbrellas and picnic tables for day visitors.

The numerous waterholes around Olifantsrus ensure satisfying game viewing during a visit to this quiet area of the park, including sightings of the rare black-faced impala and black rhino.

Olifantsrus is exclusively dedicated to camping, with no chalets or rooms available to hire. There are just 10 levelled and shaded campsites with concrete fire pits set in the ground for relaxed evening barbeques, and the maximum occupancy per campsite is 8 people.

A communal kitchen equipped with a gas plate and fridge is provided, as well as two sizable modern ablution blocks with toilets and showers. The onsite kiosk sells snacks and drinks.

The game-viewing hide, reached from the campsite via an elevated walkway, is considered one of the best in Southern Africa. The hide has two storeys and large aluminium windows, offering safe close-up game viewing over a purpose-built waterhole from the ground floor, as well as panoramic views over the surrounding plains from the second storey. Elephant are particularly fond of this waterhole.

Olifantsrus is located 50km from Dolomite Camp, 130km from Okaukuejo Rest Camp and 60km from Galton Gate.

For more information or to make a booking at Olifantsrus rest camp, complete the enquiry form. On mobile devices the enquiry form is located directly above and on desktop PC’s, it is located towards the top of the left hand side navigation bar. A reservations consultant from Safarires (one of our travel partners) will then get back to you with more information and will assist you in making your booking.

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