- Only lodge within Etosha National Park
- Unique salt pan setting
- Comfortable rooms with lovely views
- NWR Portfolio
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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019