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

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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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.

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The sunset at Onguma, luxury camp in Namibia

Onguma

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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Okonjima Plains Camp

Etosha & Damaraland

Honouring Okonjima Nature Reserve’s cattle-farming history, Okonjima Plains Camp is built in the style of a traditional farm house. Across the flat grassy plains of this part of the reserve guests will enjoy fabulous sunsets and panoramic views out to the neighbouring Omboroko Mountains.

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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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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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