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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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.

Top picks for Etosha & Damaraland

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.

Where to stay

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.

Where to stay

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.

Where to stay

A rhino at Desert Rhino, luxury camp in Namibia

Desert Rhino

Etosha & Damaraland

Desert Rhino Camp, in the 1,700 square mile private Palmwag Reserve, is fed by a number of freshwater springs that lure game, predators and birds in huge numbers.

Where to stay

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.

Where to stay

The pool at  Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Etosha & Damaraland

Located on a private conservancy in Namibia’s remote Koakoland, the best way to access this exclusive lodge is by private charter which can be arranged from almost anywhere in Namibia. Overland travel is possible in a 4x4 however be warned, the journey is long but the stunning desert scenery makes it worth it.

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