Onkoshi Camp

Sunset over Onkoshi camp in EtoshaSunset over Onkoshi camp

Onkoshi camp is situated on the edge of the Etosha salt pan on a secluded peninsula, far away from public self-drive routes, it provides a beautiful escape within Etosha National Park....

side view of chalets in Onkoshi campside view of chalets in Onkoshi camp

The camp is a quiet, peaceful with low impact and we found the staff to be friendly and helpful....

The friendly Onkoshi welcomeThe friendly Onkoshi welcome
walkway to Onkoshi receptionwalkway to Onkoshi reception

The entire camp is built on stilts and is all connected from the reception area via wooden walkways........

Onkoshi walkway to chalets on the leftOnkoshi walkway to chalets on the left

main buidling in front and chalets on either side.....

Onkoshi camp walkway in Etosha National ParkOnkoshi camp walkway to chalets on the right

the main building has a restaurant, bar and lounge area.......

The lounge and bar area in Onkoshi camp in Etosha National ParkThe lounge and bar area in Onkoshi camp

viewing deck and a small swimming pool.......

Looking onto Pool deck from walkway at OnkoshiLooking onto Pool deck from walkway at Onkoshi
View from pool deck at OnkoshiView from pool deck

the pool area after sunset......

View of Etosha pan from OnkoshiView of Etosha pan from Onkoshi after sunset

Food and Drink

The Onkoshi bar area in Etosha National ParkThe Onkoshi bar area

 the food is excellent and the service is five-star.....

Starters at Onkoshi camp in Etosha National ParkSalmon crape starter
Lunch- fish and chips with greek salad at Onkoshi camp in Etosha National ParkLunch- fish and chips with greek salad


Chalets at Onkoshi camp in EtoshaFree standing chalets with view over Etosha pan

14 luxury chalets and one honeymoon suite, all standing with canvas and thatched roof perched on elevated wooden decks overlooking the vast Etosha pan...

Chalet at Onkoshi camp in EtoshaChalet at Onkoshi camp in Etosha

they are tastefully decorated with locally crafted fittings to create a natural and ethnic ambience. They have a safe, large cupboards, lounge area with couch and coffee table.........

Inside Onkoshi chalet in EtoshaInside view of our chalet

each has two ¾ beds except for the honeymoon chalet with a king-sized bed with bathrobes and slippers......

Onkoshi chalet bedroom in Etosha National ParkOnkoshi chalet bedroom
Onkoshi bedroomchalet bedroom

The chalets do not have air-conditioners, or bar fridges in the rooms, if you want drinks or snacks the bar is a phone-call away.

There are tea cups, coffee mugs and glasses, you will need to ask the bar to bring you hot water for your coffee or tea.

View from the bedroom at OnkoshiView from the bedroom

each chalet has an en suite bathroom with a bath......

Bathroom at Onkoshiwide view of our bathroom

an indoor next to the bath.....

Onkoshi bathroomOnkoshi bathroom

and outdoor shower with a view over the pan and veld......

outdoor shower at Onkoshi camp in Etoshaoutdoor shower with a view

the a wrap around veranda has panoramic views of the Etosha pan.....

Mario photographing from our chalet in Onkoshi campMario photographing from our chalet
Sundowners with a view from our chalet at OnkoshiSundowners with a view from our chalet
Sunset over Onkoshi in EtoshaSunset over Onkoshi

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Onkoshi Camp is great for landscape photography because it offers superb views of the Etosha pan which has shimmering mirages during hot days.

landscape of Etosha pan taken from Onkoshi camplandscape of Etosha pan taken from Onkoshi camp
Onkoshi landscapeOnkoshi landscape
Onkoshi camp landscapeOnkoshi camp landscape
Landscape over Etosha pan from OnkoshiLandscape over Etosha pan from Onkoshi

Sunsets and sunrises are magnificent over the pan with dramatic colours and vistas....

Onkoshi sunset in EtoshaOnkoshi sunset
flamingos at sunset at Etosha pan taken from Onkoshi campflamingos at sunset on Etosha pan
birds silhouettes on Etosha pan in front of Onkoshi campbirds silhouettes in front of Onkoshi camp
Onkoshi sunset over the Etosha panOnkoshi sunset over the Etosha pan
Sunset over Etosha pan from Onkoshi campSunset over Etosha pan from Onkoshi camp
Sunset and flamingos at Onkoshi campSunset and flamingos at Onkoshi camp
Onkoshi flamingos at sunsetOnkoshi flamingos at sunset

The blue hour colour rolls in over the pan......

The colours dance across the Etosha panThe colours dance across the Etosha pan

At night, the stars fill the vast open African sky, allowing for sensational stargazing opportunities.

Stars at Onkoshi camp in EtoshaStarry starry night

During the wet months, birding is excellent from the comfort of your chalet or the entertainment area.

We were fortunate to have thousands of flamingos and pelicans in the pan in front of us so we got some nice photographs of them and other water birds.

flamingos flying over the pan past Onkoshi campflamingos flying over the pan past Onkoshi camp
flamingos flying over the pan at Onkoshi campflamingos flying over the pan at Onkoshi camp
Onkoshi black-winged stiltblack-winged stilt on Etosha pan
Onkoshi Cape tealCape teal flying past Onkoshi camp
Onkoshi Flamingos flying past our chaletFlamingos flying past our chalet
Onkoshi starlingA lovely contrast of a starling and yellow pom poms

Most people come on safari to see animals and this area is lacking. We were there in October and in two days we saw one giraffe and 4 kudu if we had come in August we would not have seen the flamingos (they were down towards Halai camp) so we would have been even more disappointed; timing is very important!

giraffe drinking at the pan at Onkoshigiraffe drinking at the pan
Animals-cape at Etosha panKudu bull at Etosha pan image taken from Onkoshi
Kudus on Etosha pan near OnkoshiKudus on Etosha pan

If you go on a game drive the guide will take you down towards Namutoni for better animal activity.   

Etosha black rhinosBlack rhinos interacting as young calf walks past in Etosha
Etosha lions on elephant killLions killed a young elephant
Etosha black rhino mom and calfblack rhino mom and calf

Overall we enjoyed our stay but did not feel that it was value for money. Even though all meals and most drinks are included in the price, the lack of animals, lack of air-conditioner and the abundance of mosquitoes makes this a 4-star experience and not 5-star. 

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