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Female Packing Essentials for Etosha National Park, Namibia

Packing Guide for Etosha National Park, Namibia

This is a guest packing list by Leanne Haigh, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa. See all packing list posts here.

Etosha National Park is one of northern Namibia’s best-loved game sanctuaries. The vast arid landscape is home to the Big Five including, the endangered black rhinoceros (only around 3,000 of this species remaining in the whole of Africa), lion, elephant, zebra and vast numbers of antelope scattered across 22,750km² of open savannah. For the ultimate game viewing experience you should head to the park during dry season (June to November), when the waterholes have an animal magnetism that is hard to beat.

Etosha, meaning “place of dry water,” is dominated by a huge salt pan after which the reserve is named. With a semi-desert climate you can expect hot days and cool nights so it’s wise to pack your summer tees and something a little warmer for when the evenings draw in. And, with safaris taking place in the early mornings, it’s best to layer up and down according to the weather.

The national park is unique in that it offers a 24/7 game viewing experience, Etosha’s floodlit water holes allowing you to view its residents under cover of darkness. The viewing platform is about 50-metres from the hole itself and the area where we choose to camp is well-known as one of the busiest wildlife viewing spots.

Essentials!

    • A “super zoom” camera with a movie mode feature to capture those once in a lifetime Africa moments
    • Binoculars of at around 8 x 30 magnification, as you don’t want to miss that must have safari experience
    • A torch (flashlight) is indispensable when you want to find your way back to camp! And a head torch can come in handy, leaving your hands free to carry your photography equipment
    • A warm fleece for those cool evenings and early morning safaris
    • Neutral colour clothing is a must for game viewers and lots of lightweight breathable cotton tees that you can layer depending on the time of day. Remember to pack light as you’ll have access to a laundry service at Etosha and most other campsites
    • A swimsuit and towel as the campsite we use comes with a pool for a refreshing dip
    • Sunhat, sunnies and a wooly hat – the latter another early morning “must have”
    • Sunblock, lip balm and moisturizing lotion
    • A conversion plug to a three pint round pin and all your necessary chargers – they can also be purchased at any airport (if arriving into South Africa or Namibia) or en route on tour
    • Traveller’s cheques in US dollars or South African Rands
    • Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops
    • Beer bottle cooler – perfect for those wildlife fueled nights at the waterhole
    • Think ahead – diarrhea medication and oral re-hydrate solutions
    • First aid kit – all the basic essentials, plus your regular medication
    • A waterproof bag to keep your technology safe from the dust
    • Hand sanitizer
  • A guide book, there’s so much to learn when you’re travelling, and Africa is one huge melting pot of wildlife

And don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!

Book a Viator Tour Before You Go

3 Day Etosha National Park Tour3-Day Etosha National Park Tour from Windhoek – $387.44*
This African Wildlife Safari includes visiting one of Africa’s premier game reserves, Etosha National Park. Including game drives, the chance to meet some local Namibian tribes, while staying in the comfort of accommodation with en-suite bathroom. Explore Etosha National Park and search for species such as rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe and numerous species of antelope as well as an impressive 340 species of birds.

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Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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  1. Julia says

    I would have to also add, buy bottled water, you don’t want to drink the tap water there, don’t even use it to brush your teeth. I speak from experience, on the plus, Namibia is such a beautiful country 🙂

    • Brooke says

      Had the same issues in Guatemala. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you buy bottled water or not in some places it seems (for me at least).

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