Onkoshi Camp


Onkoshi is situated right on the edge of Etosha pan and the setting is superb.

View of Etosha pan from Onkoshi

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

The friendly Onkoshi welcome

There are 14 luxury chalets and one honeymoon suite all of which have indoor and outdoor showers, a bath, tea/coffee station (when we were there, there was no kettle in the rooms - we had to ask reception to bring us hot water), safe, large cupboards, double beds and a couch.

Onkoshi bathroom
Onkoshi bedroom

All the units and the restaurant, bar, plus swimming pool

Onkoshi swimming pool

are built on stilts and are connected to each other via a wooden walkway.

Onkoshi walkway

There are, however, no air conditioners in the rooms so when it is hot you will suffer as the ceiling fans are inadequate. We stayed two nights and the first night was very pleasant and cool but the second night was hot and the mosquitoes were relentless!

In two days we saw one giraffe and 3 kudu so the area is not good for game viewing. If you go on a game drive the guide will take you down towards Namutoni for better animal activity.

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

In addition to an air conditioner, a bar fridge in each room would have been a nice touch but if you want drinks or snacks the bar is a phone-call away.

We also feel a waterhole at the camp would enhance the experience as it would draw more animals to come to the camp to drink - as happens at Okaukuejo and Halali.

Most people come on safari to see animals and this area is lacking. If we had come in August there were no flamingoes (they were down towards Halai camp) so we would have been even more disappointed. Timing is important so we are glad we came in mid October.

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 mosquitoes makes this a 4-star experience and not five-star.

One night at the camp would be sufficient to experience the pan and magnificent sunset.

Onkoshi sunset in Etosha

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