The beauty that is Dolomite

26 November 2021 | Art and Entertainment

Limba Mupetami



WINDHOEK

Private, beautiful, serene. These are but a few of the words to describe Etosha’s exclusive Dolomite Camp. A couple of days ago, I visited the camp – which features 20 chalets built on elevated wooden decks - with my partner. Driving through, we were greeted by a couple of giraffes and zebras, a pleasant sight from the usual views of nothing in Windhoek.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Van Wyk, a very polite gentleman who told us briefly where he comes from and how we would enjoy the stay.

Our accommodation - just like the rest - had an elevated view of the endless plains of Etosha National Park. It was quite hot that day, so our first visit was to the swimming pool overlooking the plain. It was pure bliss.

The walk to the room after the swim and having a couple of relaxing drinks is quite the workout, though.

It gets very hot in the middle of the day, which can make the walk even more challenging, but if you ask the staff, they have a golf cart that can drop you off at your room.

Set apart

Despite the food being quite average, the view really makes up for it. What sets Dolomite apart is the spectacular sunrise and sunset views.

During the night, I saw bush fires, but that attention shifted away to listening to animals which were roaming freely between the chalets. The camp is unfenced, allowing animals to roam freely. In the morning, there was reassurance that we were safe, both from the fires and the animals.

We took a game drive early in the morning. I don’t think it was the best idea, as it has been raining quite often and the animals had plenty of water and didn’t need to frequent the water holes.

But the experience and knowledge from our guide Van Wyk allowed us to see a couple of wild animals. The only downfall was that the game drive uses the same road that is open to the public. So, you will be very lucky indeed to catch a glimpse of the Big 5.

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