Planning Namibia in Aug or Sept 2013
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 10:40 AM Last Post By: nathalie2
Mar 8, 2013 11:42 PM
Planning Namibia in Aug or Sept 2013I've got some great help in the past form this forum.I'm here once again seeking advice.Looking to go to Namibia via Johannesburg. Will have around 10 days. Etosha is where i'm planning.Around 4 nights in a 'mid range' game lodge(recommendations welcome).I'm doing research too.Still in the preliminary stage.looking for your valuable inputs.Thx
Mar 10, 2013 12:18 AM
Mar 13, 2013 11:08 AM
2i also recommend staying the park. within the park, nwr operates 5 lodges / camps:
okaukuejo, halali and fort namutoni camps offer everything from campsites to waterhole chalets, the camps can be best compared to the restcamps in krüger np. they are clean, well organised, with a pool and restaurant, everything fine, good atmosphere, but i wouldnt call them "mid range". all of them have a waterhole, and its great to sit on a bench and watch "bush tv"
dolomite camp is located in the western part of etosha np (that was - untill the camp opened about 3 years ago - off limits to visitors). its very secluded, and you get to see other animals than in the rest of the park, with way fewer visitors.
onkoshi camp is located near fort namutoni (you get picked up from there), and is also secluded.
dolomite and onkoshi are mid range places.
if you prefer staying outside the park (but i wouldnt), i can recommend epacha game reserve. its just about 20km south of king anderson gate, so you dont have to drive far to get into etosha. there two lodges:
epacha lodge - with quite luxurious suites / bungalows and a wellness centre
and eagle tented camp - on a hill, with comfortable "tents", with fantastic views
i would rate epacha as 4 stars and eagle as 3 stars. eagle has a more "african" feeling about it, i prefer it to epacha.
with 4 nights in / around etosha, i would either spend 4 nights in the park or 2 nights outside of it and 2 nights in the park.
apart from etosha, you shouldnt miss sossusvlei and damaraland. if you want, i can also give you some reccommendations for places to stay at there.
Mar 18, 2013 12:27 AM
Mar 18, 2013 12:39 PM
4in my opinion 4 nights is enough for etosha, but if you have enough time, you can of course also spend 1-3 nights more.
for wildlife, etosha is by far the best place in namibia. if you want to stay in a place around windhoek, make sure that you go there first and then to etosha and not the other way round. i would personally prefer to visit other places in namibia (sossusvlei and damaraland).
goche ganas is a very nice lodge about 30 minutes south of windhoek, its on a private reserve and they offer "game drives", the scenery is lovely, but dont go there with big exepctions "animal wise". they have a very nice spa, with a beautiful indoor pool and an outdoor pool with great views over the mountains.
btw windhoek and etosha (so a good stop on the drive to etosha) is okonjima, a private game reserve with several lodges (from 3 to 5 star) and home of the africat fondation http://www.okonjima.com/. they rehabilitate cheetahs, leopards, wild dog and hyena that have been hurt or that created a "problem" for farmers. its a great place to see those beautiful cats, its not a zoo, but you dont get a "out in the wild feeling" either.
Mar 22, 2013 12:58 AM
Mar 22, 2013 10:40 AM
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