The eastern region of the Etosha National Park is accessible by the Von Lindequist Gate, 10 km from Namutoni Resort, and named after Dr. Friedrich von Lindequist, the then Governor of German South West Africa who proclaimed it a game reserve in March 1907. The north-eastern region is accessible by the King Nehale Gate, 25 km from Onkoshi Camp, and named after the chieftain of the Ondonga tribe during 1884 to 1908.
Declared eventually a national park in 1967 by the South African government, the park covers an area of 22 270 km² and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and one species of fish.
The Etosha National Park is 380 km at it's longest and 90 km at it's widest. It is a paradise, especially for the photographer, as it contains a wide variety of game in open country.
The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs attract a variety of animals and birds throughout the year, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the endemic Black-faced Impala.
An increase in tourism has seen a variety of lodges and campsites spring up outside of the Etosha National Park offering from standard to luxury accommodation options and daily game drives.