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Looking for accommodation in the Etosha National Park

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New account of 15-day trip to Namibia for free. After the failure of the previous day (after visit Twyfelfontein we couldn't get to Kamanjab), it was time to reorganize the route and look for accommodation for the next two days in Etosha. The adventure for Africa keep going!

For the first time in what we were traveling, the sun's rays woke me up and not the mobile phone alarm clock. It was seven in the morning. I went out to the patio of the chalet to stretch my legs a little. Then I saw that one of the security guards on the hotel grounds was giving himself a hand to thoroughly clean our dusty car by spending as little water as possible. It was an unsolicited service that was looking for a tip, but I was sincerely grateful that we had left the car unpolluted.

After the shower we went to breakfast very calmly and studied the possibilities of our route. Theoretically, the next two nights we had to be in the Epupa Falls, himba territory on the border with Angola, but it was technically impossible to get there on a day trip from Khorixas.

The most logical thing was to spend the next nights in the Etosha National Park and enjoy the park with calm. That meant that, instead of the three nights we planned to dedicate to it at the beginning, we were going to spend five. However, would we find a camping area in the middle of August in the park without having to make a reservation?

At 8:30 a.m. we leave the Khorixas Rest Camp. First we made a stop at the gas station in town to inflate the tires, since the rest of the way up Outjo It was on asphalt road.

After a stretch of road, we reach Outjo. This is the largest population near the anderson gate, one of the main accesses to Etosha National Park. It is an hour and a half from the entrance to the park and Outjo It is a fairly popular place to stay in hotels at a good price.

We entered a shop with a sign that read: "tourist information." Actually, it was a simple claim to attract customers to a souvenir shop. Even so, they attend us very kindly and told us that if we went with a tent it was possible that we were lucky and we could sleep inside the Etosha national park. That was our intention, to try to sleep inside the park. Otherwise, we would have to go looking for some accommodation near the entrance. Having to drive an hour and a half every day from Outjo to Etosha was the last option.

So, at 11:30 we planted ourselves in the Anderson's Gate, at this door you have to register the car and passengers and then go to the base camp of Okaukuejo (about 30 minutes from the main gate), where you have to pay the entrance to the offices before you can access the national park itself. Once there, we asked at the reception if there was any space available to plant the store, but we were told no, that they were full in all the camps of the national park. Ooooh ...! Our joy in a well. It was time to go hunting and capture accommodation…

At noon we left the park and the first camping accommodation we found was the Taleni Etosha Village, located only about five minutes from the Anderson's Gate. At the entrance, we asked the security guard if they had available space, but they said no. So we continue the search. About fifteen minutes away El Dorado B&B, which on the outside seemed a bit shabby, but since we couldn't be picky, we went in to ask.

We entered the reception and a huge man told us that they had space in the camping area for the next two nights for 520 Namibian dollars in total. He also began to explain that they were doing tours to see predators in the afternoon and he began to explain to me I don't know what was attacking his cattle, he even showed us some pictures he had on the cell phone of a mutilated cow. The truth is that we had trouble understanding exactly what he was explaining to us. Anyway, we are very happy because we already had where to sleep and the truth is that we do not pay much attention.

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