The western region of the Etosha National Park is accessible by the Andersson Gate 20 km from Okaukuejo Resort and or Galton Gate 80 km from Dolomite Camp. The Andersson Gate was named after Swedish explorer and ornithologist Charles John Andersson, whereas the Galton Gate was named after famous Sir Francis Galton, explorer and meteorologist.
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.