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Dolomite Camp, Etosha National Park

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            Touring Etosha National Park

 

Dolomite Camp

When you arrive at Dolomite camp there is undercover parking and the golf carts fetch you and your luggage from the car. If it is raining, the golf carts have plastic see-through flaps that get unrolled and zipped up so you and your luggage stay dry.

Dolomite Camp parking and transport - Etosha NP

There are 20 en-suite chalets built on elevated wooden decks situated on the outer edge of the dolomite ridge - 12 chalets face west and 8 chalets face east, providing opportunities to photograph magnificent sunrise and sunsets from the comfort and privacy of your chalet. In addition to the sun you will have Rolling hills, open plains, saline pans, dolomite outcrops and herds of plains animals to include in your photographs.

Dolomite Camp East-facing Chalets, Etosha NP

Dolomite Camp: 8 East-facing Chalets (above) and 12 West-Facing Chalets (below)

Dolomite Camp West-facing chalets - Etosha NP

The chalets are very smart and were furnished and finished in a most appealing style. Each unit is a wooden frame with thick canvas for the walls topped with a thatched roof.

Dolomite Camp chalet

Dolomite Camp Chalet (Western Etosha National Park)

All 20 chalets have en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee stations, but no air conditioners. We found the chalets to be cool so we did not miss the air conditioners but the 12 west-facing chalets get very hot in the afternoons. We stayed in chalets 13, 14 and 18, which are all east-facing and therefore cool for most of the day.

Dolomite Camp chalet bedroom

Dolomite Camp Chalet Bedroom

There was no fridge in the chalet but we were told that fridges are on order but if you want a cold drink or beer, just one phone call to reception will ensure that room service delivers to your room. There are also two restaurants (each seating 22 people), a bar, two fireside bomas, a lounge, a curio shop at reception and a large infinity swimming pool. The food in the restaurants was superb - dinner was an event! All the staff members are new and are enthusiastic so you also tend to get excellent service. 

Dolomite Camp infinity swinng pool

Infinity Pool View over Western Etosha from Dolomite Camp (above)

Dolomite Camp Bar

Bar (above) and Restaurant (below) - Dolomite Camp

Restaurant at Dolomite Camp

 

Dolomite Camp Boma

Dolomite Camp Boma (above) and Sundowners at the Pool (below)

Dolomite Camp Sundowners

The camp is unfenced which means you can walk between the chalets and restaurant area by day but not at night. For dinner the golf carts will fetch you or camp staff members will walk you back to your chalet.

Three of the east-facing chalets are luxury chalets (numbers 13, 19 and 20) which means you get a large deck with a private plunge-pool.

Dolomite Camp luxury chalet with plunge pool

Dolomite Camp Luxury Chalet with Plunge Pool

If you are unfit or physically impaired then we suggest you stay in the chalets that are closest to the restaurants, bar and camp entrance. These are chalets 1, 2, 3 and 18, 19, and 20. Chalets 12, 13 and 14 are on the other side of the hill and will entail the most walking.

Pathway to chalet at Dolomite Camp

Pathway to a Chalet (Dolomite Camp, Western Etosha)

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Conclusion

We found that many visitors stayed for just one night at Dolomite - you cannot get a feel for the camp or the western part of the park in such a short time. We would recommend staying for at least 2 or 3 days, especially if you are a wildlife photographer.

Having said that, please keep in mind that the nearest petrol station is about 70 kilometers away in Kamanjab, outside Etosha, so please make sure you fill up your vehicle before coming to Dolomite or bring a jerry can! As we mentioned previously, the service from Dolomite camp management and employees is superb and they arranged for a jerry can of fuel to be brought to the camp on the next supply truck for one of the guests who did not want to travel to Kamanjab. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff members!

The panoramic views, the superb food and excellent service at Dolomite camp, as well as the amazing photographic opportunities, truly 'wild' animals, and the lack of other humans all contribute to making western Etosha a 'must-see' safari destination!

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