Halali Rest Camp

Lodge, campground in Etosha National Park

Etosha’s middle camp, Halali, nestles between several incongruous dolomite outcrops. The best feature at Halali is its floodlit water hole, which is a 10-minute walk from the rest camp and is sheltered by a glen of trees with huge boulders strewn about. There is a very well serviced campsite here, in addition to a fine collection of semiluxurious chalets.

The short Tsumasa hiking track leads up Tsumasa Kopje, the hill nearest the rest camp, from where you can snap wonderful panoramic shots of the park. While it’s not as dramatic in scope as Okaukuejo, the waterhole here is a wonderfully intimate setting to savour a glass of wine in peace, all the while scanning the bush for rhinos and lions, which frequently stop by to drink in the late-evening hours.

Day/night drives cost an additional N$500/600 per person and the latter in particular should be booked in advance.