Etosha & Damaraland Safaris

Northern Namibia has the country's best game viewing safaris, centred on Etosha National Park - one of Africa's oldest and largest national parks - and the ideal place to combine with a relaxing stay at one of the slick lodges in the NamibRand.

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  • The dry air and lack of light pollution in Namibia make for amazing night skies, with the canopy of stars stretching down to the horizon.

Luxury Safari Holidays to Etosha & Damaraland

Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place', is named after the massive salt pan which dominates the game reserve.

Occasionally, if the rains have been good, the pan fills with water and forms a temporary lake which attracts large flocks of flamingos. Most of the time the pan is dry, but perennial springs draw large concentrations of wildlife at all times of year.

In between Windhoek and Etosha is Damaraland, one of the most scenic areas in Namibia. Its dramatic landscape of petrified forests also hosts abundant wildlife such as the endangered desert elephant, and also black rhino. Damaraland is also home to a multitude of ancient rock engravings depicting scenes thousands of years old.

Several of the team at Original Travel have visited the finest lodges in Damaraland and Etosha National Park, that between them, offer the best in luxury safari holidays.


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Elephants in Namibia
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This is the area where you're most likely to get your best game viewing in Namibia, with the chance to track rhino and desert elephants.

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A note on price

A no expense spared flying safari (from 10 days to two weeks) could cost from £10,000 per person - but a self-drive Namibia safari could cost a more affordable £3,000 per person, including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
  • Rainfall — 7cm / 2.9 inches
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Top picks for Etosha & Damaraland

Villa Mushara

Villa Mushara

Etosha & Damaraland

The harsh wilderness of the surrounding landscape contrasts starkly with the elegant villas of Villa Mushara - the jewel in the crown of the Mushara Collection.

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Terrace at Okonjima, luxury camp in Namibia


Etosha & Damaraland

Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge but it is also home to Africat, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you the opportunity to witness some of Africat’s work. Okonjima is halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park.

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Little Ongava, luxury camp in Namibia

Little Ongava

Etosha & Damaraland

Little Ongava sits in an exceptional position on a rise, in the vast Ongava Game Reserve. This is one of Namibia’s most luxurious safari destinations, bordering the Etosha National Park.

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The sunset at Onguma, luxury camp in Namibia


Etosha & Damaraland

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan, Onguma Private Nature Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife.

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Mushara Outpost

Mushara Outpost

Etosha & Damaraland

The Mushara Outpost, one of the Mushara Collection establishments, is one of Namibia’s most spectacular lodges. The gates of the famous Etosha Pan National Park are just six miles away so access is easy.

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Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge

Etosha & Damaraland

Mushara Lodge is located 5 miles from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park, and is therefore ideally situated for travelers visiting the park.

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