Driving in the Park

Driving in the park. There is a network of roads linking the three campsites and subsidiary roads lead to various waterholes. The size of Etosha Park initially at the turn of the century, 100,000 square kilometers. This was the largest reserve on earth but in the 1960′s political pressure of local communities and tribal land claims reduced the Park being to 22000 square kilometers, its current size.

There are three main rest camps in Etosha Park; Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo.

All three camps have floodlit waterholes which allow for excellent night game viewing. The waterhole at Okaukuejo is famous for Rhino and Elephant, while the newer waterhole at Halali is fast attracting more wildlife.

The park has an intricate road system linking the rest camps with more than 30 waterholes. It is good to contact or speak to reception when you visit the park. Updates on the waterholes are available upon arrival at the Park.

All roads are surfaced with gravel and grading crews try to keep them in good order, but sharp stones cause many punctures. When you visit the Etosha Park it is best to deflate your tyre pressure for more comfortable driving. Due to the large number of visitors the roads can be corrugated at times. Deflating tyre pressure and adhering to the speed limits is important.

Exceeding the speed limit will result in corrugation of the gravel roads inside the park. The best speed for game driving in the park is 40 - 50km per hour. At this speed you can safely navigate through the park. Going at a slower pace will ensure better quality sightings along your drives. So we urge all travelers to adhere to the speed limits and be safe towards the wildlife inside the park.