New lodge overlooking Etosha Pan
Issue 2 (May 2008) Onkoshi Camp, the first new lodge inside Etosha for four decades, is opening this year.

 

In April, while the pan was full of water, the Minister of Environment and Tourism Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah cut the first sod of earth on the lodge’s site.


She said that none of the existing three camps in Etosha offered visitors an opportunity to stay close to the 4,500 km2 saline pan.  Onkoshi Camp, built on a secluded peninsula, will do exactly that, and with only 15 bedrooms, guests will have a very different experience from the other camps in the park.Run by Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Onkoshi Camp will be an exclusive, low-impact lodge on elevated wooden decks.


It will have a restaurant, bar area and infinity pool overlooking the pan, and is due to open in August 2008. Guests will park their cars at Namutoni and be taken to the lodge by Namibia Wildlife Resorts guides. No self-drives to the lodge will be allowed in order to preserve the delicate environment of the pan.


Last year Namibia Wildlife Resorts opened the Sossus Dune Lodge in the Namib-Naukluft Park. The developments are in line with the country’s long-term goal to be a boutique tourism destination offering up market, low-impact holidays. 

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