Okutala Etosha Lodge
An ancient landscape, cascading dunes and face-to-face encounters with desert wildlife
Okutala Etosha Lodge
Okutala Etosha squats unobtrusively on a hillside just 25 km from the Etosha Anderson Gate, some 400 km north of Windhoek. The landscape is dotted with acacias, there's game everywhere, both wild and tame, and the lodge is a luxurious and peaceful oasis in the middle of it all. Formerly known as Naua Naua Lodge, newly refurbished Okutala Etosha is heavenly, with luxurious facilities and rooms and breathtaking views of the bush and its inhabitants. The lodge has several holding facilities for wildlife rehabilitation – take part in the daily feeding tour of hyaena, giraffe, elephant, leopard and cheetah.
At the lodge
Meals are served at the lovely main lodge, where there's also a bar, a lapa and deck overlooking the busy waterhole, and a boma and pool. (Where else could you emerge from a pool to find a giraffe gazing at you curiously?) The views from everywhere are astonishing – animals of all kinds wander across the acacia-treed plains and the hills. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable; and there's mobile reception and wi-fi to connect you with the outside world.
There are just 11 spacious thatched rooms in a variety of configurations. This is a family-oriented lodge, so each room is spacious, decorated in clean and appealing style and very comfortable (and also wheelchair friendly). All have an en-suite bathroom (with a large shower or bath), large and comfortable beds, mosquito nets, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a patio. There's wi-fi in the units too. An added bonus? The two little klipspringers, Klippie and Rocky, who enjoy climbing on the roofs.
Drive to see the lodge's free-ranging animals, learn about the rehabilitation programme, go on an elephant walk, watch the carnivores being fed, explore the grassy desert on foot, horseback or mountain bike, or photograph the birds from the specially designed hides. Take a half- or full-day guided safari into Etosha to see its multitude of game and birds (lunch and drinks included). Afterwards, wallow in the pool with a sundowner, keeping an eye on the waterhole and its constant visitors.