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Etosha Park Fees

Daily Entrance Fees

  • Adults (foreign) is N$  80-00 per adult per day
  • Adults (SADC) is N$  60-00 per adult per day
  • Adults (Namibian) is N$  30-00 per adult per day
  • Children under 16 years are free of charge

Daily Vehicle Fees 

  • Vehicles with 10 seats or less are N$  10-00 per vehicle per day
  • Vehicles with 11-25 seats are N$  40-00 per vehicle per day
  • Vehicles with 26-50 seats are N$  300-00 per vehicle per day

Malaria and other medical precautions

Malaria and other medical precautions to be aware of in Namibia

Namibia is thankfully not prone to the tropical diseases that often plague its Northern neighbours, which receive more rain and are home to dense jungle. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be cautious when it comes to visiting the country.

Firstly, it is advisable that you take out travel/medical insurance for your holiday – while Namibia’s medical facilities are state of the art and modern – they tend to be pretty far apart. Should a serious accident occur at a safari camp, you will most likely be airlifted to a hospital in South Africa, which will be incredibly expensive without medical cover.

Travellers to Namibia should also look at getting a number of vaccinations that include:

  •       Hepatitis A
  •       Hepatitis B
  •       Tetanus
  •       Rabies (especially if working outside or interacting with dogs)
  •       Typhoid
  •       Yellow fever (only if you are coming from or going to another country with a yellow fever warning.)

Malaria isn’t widespread throughout Namibia, but every now and then there is an outbreak in the more Northern regions of the country. Malaria prophylactics are recommended for the provinces of Kunene, Ohangwena, Okavango, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Otjozondjupa and in the Zambezi/Caprivi Strip.

Etosha Park Regulations

Rules & Regulations 

  • Guests must report to reception on arrival
  • Accommodation is available from 12:00pm and must be vacated by 10:00am
  • When on game drives, remain in your vehicle at all times
  • Obey all the traffic signs in the park
  • Only persons with a valid driver’s licence are permitted to drive in the park
  • No wildlife or plants may be removed from the park

The Following is Not Allowed 

  • No pets
  • No firearms or projectile- shooting weapons
  • No Motorcycles
  • No feeding of the wild animals
  • Silence is required around the waterholes and check to make sure before heading out that waterholes are open for viewing
  • No Littering

 

Etosha Park Gates

  • Anderson’s Gate is on the south western end of the park and can be reached on the C38 from Outjo.
    The closest camp is Okaukuejo.
  • Von Lindequist Gate lies in the east and connects to the B1. Tsumeb is the closest town to this gate.
    Namutoni Camp is only a short drive from the gate.
  • Galton Gate lies on the western end of the park.
  • King Nehale Lya Mpingana Gate is in the northern end of the park and is 48 km from the main road to Ondangwa.

 

Self-Drive Safaris

Self-Drive Safaris through Namibia

One of the best ways to see this vast and beautiful country is to do it with your own set of wheels. Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa and is undoubtedly the safest in which to take a self-drive safari. The incredibly well maintained roads and infrastructure, the up-to-date telecommunications and health facilities – seems to suggest that Namibia was made for self-drive trips.

From the unbelievable wildlife in Etosha National Park, the incredible Namib dunes and the fascinating ancient San paintings in Damaraland to the fascinating coastal towns, there is so much to see and do in Namibia that it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we are here. As local Namibians and travel experts we can give you an excellent itinerary that allows you to see all the best parts of the country on your self-drive safari.

We can organise a rental car to meet you at the airport and provide you with all the information and booking that you need throughout your detailed, tailor-made self-drive safari.

Speak to us about your specific needs and wishes for your trip to Namibia and we can inquire, book, quote and design the bespoke Namibian self-drive safari of your dreams.

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Tailor-Made Travel

Getting the best out of your trip to Namibia is reliant on seeing the things that you really desire to set eyes on. This is not always possible in pre-packaged or group tours. That’s why we offer tailor-made travel experiences for our clients travelling to the country.

At Travel2Namibia, we pride ourselves on creating safaris that incorporate everything that you have on your Namibian wish list and we strive to ensure that our clients get the African holiday of that they have always dreamed of.

For those who wish to travel Namibia at their own pace – setting eyes on those spots that very few people get to experience – tailored-made travel really is the best option.

Why choose a tailor-made travel trip with Travel2Namibia?

It’s Personalised

Once you have contacted us about a tailor-made travel package, you will then be put in touch with one of our experienced travel experts. We will then be able to hear about any wishes or special requests that you have for your holiday. Every detail of your trip will be booked with regards to the things that you have asked us for and we do our very best to ensure that all your needs and wishes are catered for on your holiday.

It’s Convenient

The great thing about a tailor-made holiday is that you have to do very little to ensure that you have an amazing time. We will book, quote and design your trip right down to the tiniest of details, and this way you don’t have to worry about a single thing other than what cocktail you should choose next while watching the sunset.

Flexibilty

Travelling at your own pace is a great way to see Namibia, and tailor-made travel allows you to do exactly this. Our schedules are flexible and if you fall in love with a place and don’t feel like you want to leave – we can organise an extension on your stay. Doing everything in your own time allows you to get the best out of the places that you truly enjoy.

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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is perhaps one of Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations. Found in North-western Namibia, this park is absolutely astounding at over 22,000 square kilometres. It is named after the incredible Etosha Pan, which covers a vast 4,760 square kilometres and attracts some of the continent’s highest populations of wildlife.

Although the landscape can look barren and unforgiving, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species and 16 reptiles and amphibians – which makes it a veritable paradise for visitors that are interested in more that just The Big 5.

The Etosha pan is transformed once a year from a salty mud flat, into a wide spread lagoon, which attracts thousands of flamingos and pelicans. The surrounding plains and bush provide shelter for the hundreds of other species found in the park – and the sheer numbers of wildlife will astound even the most experienced wildlife watcher.

Etosha is a unique park in that you can get the wildlife to come to you by simply sitting patiently by one of the much-used waterholes. Sit in your vehicle, have a cold drink and simply wait while hundreds of animals such as elephants, rhino, lion and oryx come down to drink.

This truly is one of Africa’s most magical parks and its wide open spaces, gloriously starry nights and unbelievable animal numbers make this an experience that guests will never forget.

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Bwabwata National Park

Bwabwata National Park has only recently been named a national park and used to be known as the Caprivi Game Park. This stunning area is located in north eastern Namibia, between Angola and Botswana. It used to be a wildlife utopia, however poaching levels and habitat loss depleted these numbers to almost nothing. Wildlife numbers started to pick up again after the 2002 Angolan war ceasefire and they have not stopped growing ever since.

At 6274 square kilometres, this vast tract of land was set apart to start the rehabilitation of some of Namibia’s local species. While there is still a long way to go, Bwabwata National Park is a beacon of hope in Africa’s conservation efforts.

This remote park is an untouched part of the country and is split into five main zones: Divundu area, West Caprivi Triangle, Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls and West Caprivi Game reserve.

The best time to visit the park is in October, which is the driest time of the year and when large wildlife numbers congregate around what remains of rivers and waterholes throughout the park.

Over 300 species of bird have been identified in the park, making it a haven for birders and wildlife such as elephant, roan antelope, kudu and buffalo (among many others) can be seen in the park.
While the wildlife numbers are not up to Etosha standards, Bwabwata National Park is one of the best parks to set off in for a remote and completely unique safari. It will only be a number of years before new infrastructure and animal populations start to attract tons of tourist – so if low tourist numbers are what you are looking for, then now is the time to visit.

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Emergency Numbers

AMBULANCE:

E-Med Rescue 24 – +264 (0) 81924

St. Gabriel Community Ambulance – +264 (0) 85 955

Eagle Ambulance Rescue Service – +264 (0) 85 933

HOSPITALS:

Walvis Bay State Hospital – +264 (0) 64 216 300

Welwitschia Hospital (Medi-Park) Walvis Bay – +264 (0) 64 218 911

Swakopmund State Hospital – +264 (0) 64 410 6000

Swakopmund Medi-Clinic – +264 (0) 64 412 200

Henties Bay State Clinic – +264 (0) 64 500 020

NAMIBIAN POLICE:

Walvis Bay – +264 (0) 64 219 00

Swakopmund – +264 (0) 64 515 00

Henties Bay – +264 (0) 64 500 201

NAMIBIAN POLICE TRAFFIC:

Walvis Bay – +264 (0) 81 333 0449

Swakopmund – +264 (0) 81 202 8391

Henties Bay – +264 (0) 81 657 0704

Karibib – +264 (0) 81 711 9482

Omaruru – +264 (0) 81 657 0703

Border Posts

Border Post – Klein-Menasse – Rietfontein

GPS

-26.75649, 19.99876

Times

08:00 – 16:30

Contact Number

00 264 63 280 680/1

 

Border Post – Ariamsvlei – Nakop

GPS

S28.09496 E19.99879

Times

24 h

Contact Number

00 264 63 280 023

 

Border Post – Velloorsdrif – Onseepkans

GPS

S28.73615 E19.30485

Times

08:00 – 16:30

Contact Numbers

00 264 63 269 134

 

Border Post – Buitepos – Mamuno

GPS

S22.28085 E19.99913

Times

07:00 – 00:00 (23:00 in die winter)

Contact Number

00 264 62 560 404

 

Border Post – Tsumkwe – Dobe

GPS

S19.57800 E20.99899

Times

07:00 – 17:00

Contact Number

None

 

Border Post – Mohembo – Shakawe

GPS

S18.25936 E21.76142

Times

06:00 – 18:00

Contact Number

00 264 66 259 908

 

Border Post – Katwitwi – Cabo

GPS

S17.38952 E18.40966

Times

06:00 – 18:00

Contact Number

00 264 66 686 033

 

Border Post – Rosh Pinah – Sendelingsdrift

GPS

S28.12273 E16.89023

Times

08:00 – 16:00

Contact Number

00 2727 831 1506

 

Border Post – Kazangula-pont

GPS

S17.79160 E25.26359

Times

06:00 – 18:00

Contact Number

None

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