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Onkoshi Camp

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6/10

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Highlights

- Only lodge within Etosha National Park
- Unique salt pan setting
- Comfortable rooms with lovely views
- NWR Portfolio

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Overview

The only lodging option within Etosha National Park, Onkoshi Camp occupies a unique setting overlooking the 5000km² Etosha salt pan. Jutting out on an isolated peninsular, the camp has a peaceful and exclusive feel, offering spectacular views across the stark expanse. Ample game-viewing is available, with opportunities to see oryx, elephant, giraffe, lion, and cheetah. On arrival, guests are required to leave private vehicles at the secure Namutoni Restcamp, and are then transferred to the camp itself.

The camp is laid out over a network of raised wooden boardwalks, with thatch-covered main areas. In tune with the camp's environmental 'low-impact' objectives, the interiors incorporate natural fittings and neutral tones. Restaurant dining is offered, and a bar and curio shop are available. An infinity pool is set on the communal deck, surrounded by sun loungers with views across the salt pan. The views at sunrise and sunset are particularly special. Although complimentary WiFi is offered in the main areas, it’s worth bearing in mind that the camp's reliance on solar power may render this service unusable at times.

The camp features fifteen free-standing thatched chalets on stilts, extending in a row out from the communal spaces. The units have canvas walls and folding wooden doors that open onto a small private veranda overlooking the salt pan. Fourteen units are classified as standard, while one is a honeymoon suite—although really the only discernible difference is the upgrade to a king-sized bed from twin beds. Each unit is en-suite, with both indoor and outdoor showers and bath. Whilst the rooms are spacious, and the décor elegant and comfortable, the luxurious feel is somewhat limited by the minimal facilities. There is no air conditioning, although ceiling fans above the mosquito-netted beds may provide some relief.

Activities largely comprise guided 4WD safaris which operate in the morning and afternoons, giving guests exclusive access to areas of Etosha far from the public self-drive roads, including exploration of the north-eastern Sanveld area. While there is little wildlife in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, there are waterholes not too far away where a spectacular abundance of wildlife can be seen, with carnivore action a possibility. Note these drives are usually shared with other Onkoshi Camp guests. Guided day-time hikes and charming moonlit walks on the salt pan are also available.

For those travelling as a family, each chalet contains a sleeper couch on which one child may stay. Children over the age of six are welcome, although as the camp is within a nature reserve where animals are free to roam, it is essential that children are supervised by parents at all times.

Onkoshi Camp offers a peaceful stay in comfortable accommodation. While it’s not hugely luxurious, it’s certainly an upgrade on alternative camping options within the park. Although there is somewhat variable service and a comparatively high price tag, the stunning scenery and interesting wildlife will make for a memorable visit.

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