|Etosha National Park -
Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Western Etosha National Park – Northern Namibia Region
Okaukuejo is the main area of tourist activity inside Etosha but
visitors on holiday in Namibia can also choose to stay at either Halali
or Namutoni Camp.
Okaukuejo is the main administrative camp of the Etosha National Park,
and was officially opened for visitors in 1957. A variety of
accommodation is available from self-catering chalet units to twin
bedded bungalows. Facilities at the rest camp include a restaurant,
shop, post office, swimming pool and filling station. Okaukuejo is also
home to the Ecological Institute, which is responsible for the research
and management of the park.
The Okaukuejo waterhole is probably one of the most renowned waterholes
in the park. The presence of game is seasonal but winter offers game
enthusiasts a unique experience as the illuminated waterhole is situated
next to the camp. Common sightings include large herds of elephant,
black rhino, lion, cheetah, brown hyena, Burchells and Hartman’s
Mountain Zebra, Gnu and numerous antelope species.
Okaukuejo camp is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it currently
functions as the administrative hub of the park, and the home of the
Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the
The main attraction of this camp is that it overlooks a permanent
waterhole which is floodlit at night, giving you an opportunity to see
some of the shy, nocturnal wildlife. The variety of animals that visit
the waterhole, such as Buck species, herds of Elephant, Rhino and Lion
appear to be unaware of the Okaukuejo camp.
Okaukuejo Rest Camp provides accommodation ranging from camp sites and
bungalows. Communal ablutions and field kitchens are available for those
who wish to camp or hire tents. All bungalows and mobile homes are
equipped with electric kettles, refrigerators and hot plates.
Satellite picture - please click to enlarge
- Gas Filling Station
- Shop / Kiosk
- Swimming Pool
- Picnic sites and field kitchens are available to day visitors.
It is well worth visiting the interesting display on various aspects of
Etosha at the Information Centre at Okaukuejo. The Centre is staffed between
07h30 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 16h30 on weekdays only, but the display can be
viewed outside these hours.
Both entrance gates to the park, Andersson in the south and Von Lindequist in
the east, are accessible from Windhoek by fully-tarred roads.
Travelling from Windhoek, Okaukuejo is reached by taking the B1 to Otjiwarongo
where you turn onto the C38. Andersson Gate is 96 km beyond Outjo, with
Okaukuejo Rest Camp a further 18 km on.
Namutoni Rest Camp is reached by turning off the B1 onto the C38, 74, km
north-west of Tsumeb.
The Von Lindequist Gate is a further 24 km on while Namutoni is 12 km into the
191000 S, 155600 E
Runway: 05/23, 1,200 m, gravel
Runway: 09/27, 1,371 m, gravel
- Namutoni Rest Camp is open throughout the year.
- There is a Park speed limit of 60 km/h.
- Rest-camps must be reached before sunset and may only be left after
- Mailing facilities and firewood are available.
- No crockery, cutlery, etc. is provided.
Restaurant Hours: 07h00 to 09h00; 12h00 to 14h00; 18h00 to 22h00.
Meal times: 07h00 to 08h30; 12h00 to 13h30,18h00 to 20h30.
Admission fees must be paid at Namutoni or Okaukuejo before proceeding through
The following are prohibited:
Open vehicles, motor-cycles, air-guns, catapults, unsealed fire-arms,
disturbing of animals, leaving the road, getting out of the vehicle outside
No pets are allowed.