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Park Regulations & Opening Times

Etosha National Park Regulations & Opening Times | Park Regulations & Opening Times for Etosha National Park

Please read your entrance document carefully. A full set of regulations is available from the NWR/MET offices on request.

Failure to comply with any of the park regulations could result in a fine and your immediate removal from the park.

Park Regulations


1. Guests must please report to reception on arrival
2. Accommodation is available from 12:00pm on the arrival day and must be vacated by 10:00am on the day of departure.
3. Allow at least 30 minutes travelling time from the entry gates to the nearest camps, after entering the park.

Game Drives

The wild animals in the park are dangerous and well-camouflaged. For your own safety, please abide by the following rules:

1. While on game drives, remain in your vehicle at all times, except in areas clearly demarcated with permission to leave your vehicles.
2. Do not open the vehicle doors, lean out of the windows or sunroofs or climb on top of your vehicle to get a better view.
3. Open vehicles and motorcycles are prohibited.
4. The rainy season transforms the park and it is advisable to drive slower that the recommended speed limit during the rainy season (December to May).
5. Check that waterholes are open for viewing before heading out.
6. Please remain absolutely silent at the waterholes between the hours of 21:30 and 06:00.
7. The Western section of the park is closed to the general public.  Only guests staying at Dolomite Camp and specially registered Namibian tour operators are allowed to proceed beyond the marker.

Traffic Rules

1. Only persons with a valid driver’s license may drive a vehicle in the Park.
2. Obey all the traffic signs in the park.
3. Do not exceed the speed limit – Driving too fast can injure or kill wildlife and cause accidents.
4. Keep to the marked tourist roads.
5. Do not drive on roads indicated as closed or for staff only.
6. No off-road driving is permitted.
7. Animals and birds always have the right of way.


1. No wildlife or plants may be removed from the park.
2. Do not move or disturb any natural items of botanical, zoological, geological and           archaeological nature.  These are part of a sensitive and unique ecosystem and all have their specific place in the ecology and history of the park.
3. Please do not litter.
4. Do not feed the animals.
5. Excessive noise in the camps and in the park in general is not allowed.
6. No pets are allowed in the park.
7. No firearms or projectile- shooting weapons are allowed in the park.  All firearms must be sealed and declared at the entrance gates. Other weapons such as catapults, bows and arrows, slings and air-guns are not permitted.

Opening Times

1. Make sure that you return to your rest camp within the hours (sunrise to sunset) indicated at the gates and on the entrance document. Please take the Park’s speed limit into consideration when planning your route.
2. All gates, reception offices, tourist shops and petrol stations open at sunrise and close at sunset.
3. Restaurant Times (Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before closing time):
Breakfast: 7:00 – 8:30
Lunch: 12 midday to 13:30
Dinner: 18:00 to 20:30
4. Lapa Bars open at 14:00 and close at 21:30.
5. Kiosk Hours are 08:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 18:00.


Visitors assume full responsibility and liability for their safety and conduct. By entering into the Etosha National Park, visitors expressly and irrevocably waive and renounce all claims against the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Etosha National Park and the Government of the Republic of Namibia for loss, damage or injury howsoever sustained to a visitor while such a visitor is in the park.

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