Etosha National Park | Know before you go
Herds of elephants still roam around between towns in the Namibian outback. In the Etosha National Park, Dale Morris had close encounters with many wild animals.
What’s the best time to go?
Although I would love to see Etosha and the rest of Namibia in the wet season (late November to March) you are much better off traveling when the roads are dry. Waterholes become focal points for game viewing during the dry season (April to October).
What is the best map to use?
Tracks4Africa produce excellent paper and GPS maps that could mean the difference between life and death – or at least a happy marriage and divorce out there in the desert.
Do I need a 4×4 or could I go in a 4×2?
Most Namibian roads are in excellent condition and can be explored in a sedan. However, if you want to explore private roads or areas such as Palmwag or the Etosha Pan, you need a vehicle with good ground clearance.
Can I go on my own?
Yes you can, but it’s always best to travel in a convoy or with a travel company. Breaking down in the middle of nowhere without cellphone coverage could mean you’d have to wait for days for a car to pass by.
What are the dangers?
Breaking down on an isolated road without an ice box of cold beers to see you through until the next car comes along.
Things not to miss?
The beautiful Palmwag reserve, the stark coast and Etosha for big-game viewing
Is fuel readily available?
As Namibian fuel stations are far apart, you might have to take a jerry can along, but on this route there were plenty of refuelling options, including petrol stations at Etosha’s campsites.
How long should I stay?
The Bhejane 4×4 Adventures tour last 12 days, which is enough time to see the sights on the itinerary. If you are travelling independently, a few additional days wouldn’t go amiss.
Where will I stay?
Accommodation is in army-style dome tents.
Should I book?
Booking is essential.
What does the trip cost?
R9350 per person (children under 10 pay half-price)
What do I need to bring along?
The trip price includes three meals a day. Tents are provided but you will need to bring your own bedding and camping accessories. A 12V fridge is handy.
Who can I contact about doing the trip?
To book a place, contact Dennis Carlisle on 044 535 9257 (tel and fax); 082 572 4945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org