As far as accommodation is concerned, there are a number of options available to you when visiting Etosha. You can choose from accommodation inside the park or close by, budget or luxury accommodation, tented or lodge accommodation, full board, bed and breakfast or self-catering. You are certain to find something that suits your expectations among the wide variety available.
Should you choose to stay inside the park, you have a choice between the three main camps – Halali, Okaukuejo and Namutoni; as well as two smaller and newer camps called Onkoshi and Dolomite. Dolomite is situated in the restricted Western area of the park.
Onkoshi and Dolomite are much more luxurious than the traditional camps, with five star dining and facilities. Halali, Okaukuejo and Namutoni offer various configurations of self-catering accommodation as well as camping facilities. Guests to these camps need to be totally self-sufficient as the accommodation provides limited facilities with regard to catering.
Although staying inside Etosha can be more expensive than some of the external options, you do have the added benefit of 24 hour game viewing at the floodlit waterholes and the option to take self-drive safaris at any time during the gate opening times. Guided safaris are also available at all of these camps.
Privately owned establishments abound along both the eastern and western borders of Etosha. Although these differ vastly with regard to price, you can be assured of high standards of hospitality at all of them. The less costly options provide more rustic accommodation, including camp sites, and fewer facilities. If you plan to spend most of your time in the park, this may be of little concern to you.
Most of the luxurious lodges are found on the eastern side of Etosha where you will be pampered with international standards of luxury and excellent cuisine. Extra facilities such as swimming pools, guided game drives, restaurants and bars are usually featured.
If you still can’t make up your mind, you can try both, with half your stay inside Etosha and half close by.