Group Of Zebras Walking In A Mist In The Plains Of Etosha National Park.

Location & how to get to Etosha

Etosha National Park, located in northwestern Namibia, is an ideal safari location. Not only do travellers have the chance to spot four out of the infamous Big Five (lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinos), it's also home to some of the most unique natural beauty in the world. If you're planning on visiting Etosha on your next safari, do your research to determine the best way to get there!

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Where is Etosha located?

Etosha National Park is located in northwestern Namibia, in a relatively-isolated dried lakebed known as the Etosha Pan. Namibia is located on Africa's west coast, with Angola to the north, Botswana's lush Okavango Delta to the east, and South Africa's impressive safari parks and wine regions to the south.

What is the nearest airport to Etosha National Park?

The closest major airport to Etosha National Park is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located near the capital city of Windhoek. Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, travellers have the option to fly directly into Etosha or take the journey overland. Travellers driving to Etosha National Park should expect the journey to take roughly 6 hours, but the roads are generally well-maintained and smooth. 

What is the best way to get to Etosha?

While planning a trip to Etosha National Park, it is important to consider where you'll be staying, as there are camps and lodges located both inside and directly outside of the park, and the timing of your visit. Etosha National Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and these hours will vary throughout the time of year.

1. By road from Windhoek

Suitable for explorers

Travelling from Windhoek to Etosha by road will take about 6 hours. The journey is 415 kilometres (258 miles) long, and travellers can expect to see amazing views of Namibia along the way. Because Etosha National Park is located in an isolated location, travellers less interested in the geography of the area may find this to be an overly-long route, but they'll see incredible desert views along the way.

2. By plane from Windhoek

Suitable for travellers on a tight schedule

Travelling from Windhoek to Etosha by plane is a shorter route - the journey from Windhoek to Ongava Lodge's airstrip will take approximately an hour. Air Namibia also offers daily one-hour flights from Eros Airport, also located in Windhoek, to Ondangwa Airport, which is located just north of Etosha National Park. There is a well-maintained, clearly signposted road which goes between Eros airport and the park, so travellers driving won't have to worry about getting lost along the way.

3. By road from Swakopmund

Suitable for explorers

Travelling from the coastal city of Swakopmund to Etosha by road will take travellers approximately five hours. This journey of about 492 kilometres (306 miles) is a great option for self-driving travellers who are heading to Etosha National Park after exploring Namibia's beaches. The route is usually quiet and isolated, but well signposted.

4. By plane from Swakopmund

Suitable for great planners

Travellers looking to travel from Swakopmund to Etosha by plane should fly out of Walvis Bay Airport to Ondangwa Airport, located just north of Etosha National Park. However, this one hour and fifteen-minute flight only operates once per week, so travellers should carefully plan their journey if they're looking to fly to Etosha from Swakopmund.

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  • 6 Day Taste of Namibia with Wild Dog Safaris

    “Our guide KK was incredible. Full of knowledge and experience. Both the tents and food were great. And so were all of the people I met on the trip. And of course the dunes and walks and sunrises were breathtaking.”  Read more
  • 8-Day Sossuvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha National Park (Camping) with Discovery Transfers and Tours

    “Good services offered”  Read more
  • 3 Day Etosha Express with Chameleon Safaris

    “A motivated and enthousiastic guide with a profound knowledge of nature, history and daily life.”  Read more
  • 8 Days Highlights of Namibia (Accommodated) with Enrico’s Safaris

    “We had a really good time during our safari Trip with them.... our guide was a guy Named Ricardo. Top man!!!! We went as a group of five family members. Accommodations were also pretty decent. (...)”  Read more
  • 4-Day Etosha National Park (Lodging) with Discovery Transfers and Tours

    “It was a great tour filled with many adventurous momentsmanaged to meet new friends and also gain more knowledge from it and great outstanding service was provided would recommend it for anyone.”  Read more
  • 7 Day Northern Adventure with Wild Dog Safaris

    “I just came back from the Northern Adventure and must say: it was absolutely superb. Elias and Kleo did an amazing job and the scenery was breathtaking. It was not my first trip with Wild Dog and I am sure it won't be my last either.”  Read more

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