Directions to Etosha National Park:
Etosha is approximately 6 hours from Windhoek by road. The road is good tarmac and can easily be driven in one day.
By the Eatern route Etosha is 553km north of Windhoek . Drive to Von Lindenquist Gate via Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb, then to Namutoni rest camp, which is approximately 11km inside the park. The road is tarred all the way.
Distance table for travel in Namibia:
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Entrance Gates for Etosha National Park:
The entrance gate to the park in the east is called Andersson Gate in honour of the explorer Charles Andersson who teamed with Francis Galton to become the first Europeans to record the existence of Etosha Pan when they reached Namutoni in 1851.
Von Lindequist Gate is the eastern entrance to the park. The name is in honour of the Governor of the then German South West Africa who had the foresight to proclaim Etosha a game reserve on 22 March 1907.
The Galton Gate is the western entrance to the park. The name is in honour of the explorer Francis Galton who was the first European together with Charles Andersson to see the Etosha Pan in 1851.
A fourth gate is now open, namely the Nehale Lya Mpingana Gate. The gate is named after a king of the former Owamboland. The gate is near Andoni Plains.
In the western part of the park there is a fourth camp called Otjovazandu. It is not a rest camp but just a station for park staff working in that region. The correct spelling is Otjovazandu and the meaning of it is “place of the young men”. Warriors use to utilise the nearby perennial spring as an outpost for watering their cattle.