Onkoshi Camp is the first new lodge in the Etosha National Park built since Namibia’s independence. The latest addition to the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) portfolio was constructed on the rim of the pan on a secluded peninsula, north of Namutoni in the north-eastern part of the park entirely out of view of current tourist routes. The low-impact, environmentally friendly establishment with only 15 units catering for a maximum of 30 guests, was officially opened in September 2008 by Namibia’s tourism minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Onkoshi provides a unique Etosha experience, with panoramic vistas and dramatic sunsets over the pan that is currently filled with water after the good rains earlier in the year. Units are built on elevated wooden decks, with thatched roofs, canvas walls and large, wooden framed retractable doors. Rooms are tastefully and comfortably furnished with locally crafted fittings and furnishings, using a blend of metal and wood combined with natural fabrics to create an earthy and ethnic ambience. Each chalet has two three-quarter beds and a sleeper couch to allow for accompanying children. However, no children under the age of six are permitted.
The main area consists of a restaurant, lounge, bar, sunset deck and infinity pool overlooking the pan.
Access to exclusive areas
Guests arrive in Namutoni from where they are transported to Onkoshi Camp in NWR vehicles. Activities include professionally guided morning, afternoon and night game drives to surrounding areas of the park, including access to exclusive areas within the north-eastern sandveld area of Etosha. For more adventurous guests, guided walks and moonlight walks on the pan can be done when conditions allow.
In line with NWR’s environmental policy, solar energy is used to provide most of the power requirements of the camp.
At the official opening NWR Managing Director Tobie Aupindi emphasised the commitment of the NWR towards responsible tourism development and sound environmental management. He presented Onkoshi Camp as an example of a development focused on low-volume, high-value tourism, adding significant value to the park and contributing to the national development and wealth creation goals. He recognised the importance of preserving natural assets – pristine surroundings and rich biodiversity – to ensure sustained and long-term benefits.