On our trip, we spent three nights in Otjiwarongo. One of the reasons why we drove so far to the North of Namibia was the Etosha National Park (http://www.etoshanationalpark.org/). Etosha is well-known as one of the world’s great wildlife-viewing venues.
The entrance fee to the park for the day visitors is 80 Namibian dollars per person (children under 16 are free of charge) and 10 Namibian dollar for a car up to 10 seats. At the entrance gate, you receive an invoice and have pay for it at the tourist reception in Okaukuejo.
You can enter Etosha Natinal Park through four gates:
- Anderson’s Gate in the South
- Von Lindequist Gate in the East
- Galton Gate in the South-West
- King Nehale Lya Mpingana Gate in the North of the park
If you drive from Windhoek, you will arrive at the Anderson Gate. The road to the Anderson Gate is absolutely pleasant, asphalted and straight as an arrow. The difficulties start after you entered the park: the road becomes partly unbearable: too many small holes guarantee you an intensive butt massage almost all the time. My advice: take a 4×4 or lower the pressure in the tires of your 2×4. You can indeed manage all roads inside the park with a small car even after the rain: we stoically proved it with our VW Polo.
Before entering the park, we would advise you to download the detailed map of Etosha National Park: enter “high res map Etosha” in Google or use the one below: http://www.etoshanationalpark.org/map
We spent about six hours in the park and made it to Halali and back. By the way, in Halali you can dip your heated body in a swimming pool – so don’t forget your bikini.
Animal spotting is not as easy after the rain as during the dry season, when all species are gathering at the waterholes. However, we were lucky to see plenty of birds, zebras, antelopes and giraffes and even two (hunting? trying to hunt but bothered by too many tourists?) lions. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spot any elephants or rhinos.
It is unbelievable how brave are the animals here. Zebras and antelopes are sometimes walking directly on the road, in front of the cars and are not in a hurry to run away while you are setting up your camera!
As a conclusion, here are some rules of the park you have to follow:
- Maximum allowed speed is 60 km/h in the park and 20 km/h in the camp
- In the park, you are not allowed to leave the car. If you urgently need to use the restroom (the shaky roads tend to induce this desire), you have to wait until the next designated protected spot.
- Expectedly, no animal feeding is allowed.