Spotted at the watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Western Etosha & Dolomite Camp, Namibia

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We arrive at Etosha, hoping to see lions.

Spotted by a zebra, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Leaving Grootberg we are now heading for the western side of Etosha National Park, which should take around 3 hours.

The initial part of the journey was on gravel and this was for about 60 miles (97km).

We spot a giraffe trying to make out it is a tree and some more Mountain Zebra.

The giraffe & the tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia

We have a brief stop at Kamanjab for some bottled water. We are then heading north, and are spoilt with the luxury of tarmac for 50 miles (80km) yeeeeh.

On entering the park, we are signed in by one person and then had to drive another 6 miles (10km) to then pay the park fees, a little odd that it couldn’t be done together, but hey ho.

A helpful guide

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Head to the watering holes

Not long after entering the park we head to a couple of the signposted watering holes. Unbelievable, although the western part of Etosha is quieter than the east, and there are fewer lodgings, they are certainly not short of wildlife.

Spotted at the watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
An oryx & others, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Family of Elephants, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lone elephant, Etosha National Park, Namibia

We had a great drive through the west of the park where we saw giraffe, zebra, elephant, ostrich and various type of antelope.

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Dolomite Camp

Our accommodation for the one night in western Etosha was Dolomite Camp. Once again we were in luck, we were upgraded to a suite that had its own personal splash pool.

Janis at her watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

The vista was amazing across Etosha, the lodges in the camp were all set within a rock face and some had stunning views across a large watering hole.

Our pool at the Dolomite Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Why not?

Start creating your own adventure, and discover the amazing scenery & African wildlife of Namibia for yourself. We chose British Airways, and it was all done with a few clicks, a brief stopover in Johannesburg, and our luggage was there for our arrival in Windhoek.

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Perfect timing

Short time after arriving a herd of 20 elephants, including babies trooped in and drank and splashed around in the watering hole, it was a wonderful site.

Elephants on the plain - Hidden by trees, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants on the plain, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Elephants on the plain - moving on, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Watching them in amazement with the adult elephants at the front and the back of the herd, protecting the young. They didn’t stay long, just refreshed themselves and headed back into the bush.

Elephants at the watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Couple of Elephants at the hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Final group at the hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Buggy service

As Dolomite camp doesn’t have any fencing, wildlife can roam as it pleases. So you always need to keep on the lookout for that stray giraffe.
Dolomite Camp offers a free buggy service to take you to and from your lodge down to the restaurant, bar and swimming pool. This is to ensure the safety of their clientele, after dark this is extremely useful.
Heading east further into to Etosha for the following few days, next stop Okaukuejo.

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The Giraffe & Tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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