All three of Etosha’s main rest camps are well equipped with restaurants, toilets, petrol stations and shops selling food supplies and other goods. There are rest stops with toilets outside of the camps but bear in mind that there is at least an hour’s drive between them.
1. Halali Rest Camp
2. Etosha picnic site overlooking the pan
3. Just east of the eastern end of Eland Drive
You may only get out of your vehicle at rest camps and toilet or picnic areas. Not all of the picnic areas are enclosed with protective fences.
There is a good network of roads in Etosha, linking the three main camps. Subsidiary roads lead to more than 30 waterholes. The roads are surfaced with gravel and regularly maintained but sharp stones do cause punctures on occasion. Please drive carefully and do not exceed the speed limit. The roads are not cambered which means that speeding can cause the back of your vehicle to sway and start to skid.
There are no warning road signs in the park as the animals use them as scratching posts and inevitably push them over. Painted cement blocks are used to indicate the recommended speed limit and other information such as ‘staff only’ roads, no entry and directional signs. These often also fall victim to ‘animal attacks’ such as rubbing or territorial markings and can become indistinct over time, so always keep your park map handy. For your own safety, please do not travel on any roads not for the specific use of tourists.
By sticking to the speed limit you can be assured that you will be able to handle any unexpected hazards such as sharp turns or animals stepping out into the road. All the bends in the park can safely be negotiated at 60km/h except for the three near Halali which do have 40 km/h boards. Approximately every two weeks, there is an accident in the park caused by speeding. Don’t ruin your holiday with an accident or by missing out on your beautiful surroundings by rushing past.
Initially Etosha was open to visitors only during the dry season from April to October and many of the roads are not suitable for travel during the wetter months. This is particularly true of the minor roads leading off from the main Okaukuejo to Namutoni road which are built on low-lying soft clay areas. These roads will be closed if they become too hazardous for travel. The causeway to Etosha is also closed when it becomes muddy and unsafe.
Please note that only guests staying at Dolomite Camp and registered Namibian tour operators with special permission may enter the Western section of the park. This boundary is clearly indicated by a roadside marker.
Whenever in doubt please consult a Parks Board official for travel advice or information on road closures.