Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia
At a Glance
Relax by the large swimming pool
Game drives in Etosha National Park, the gate are just 8kms away
There is a family cottage at Villa Mushara
The name Mushara is derived from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree which grows abundantly in the grounds
Mushara is the only family-run accommodation the area
Best time to Visit
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The best time to visit Etosha is from April to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. From May to September the increasingly thirsty animals gather at waterholes, making it the best time to go to Etosha for game viewing. Summer is best time to travel to Etosha for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.
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Situated close to the eastern gate of Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is a stylish property with 14 spacious cottages. Access into the park is easy, and self-drivers can explore on their own, or choose to take a full day's drive with your guide.
The rooms at Mushara Lodge are curled in a horseshoe shape around a beautiful swimming pool on the edge of the famous Etosha National Park. Great attention has been paid to the décor, which boasts an eclectic mix of traditional African and modern art. The name Mushara itself derives from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree, which grows in abundance in the lodge grounds and the surrounding area.
The 14 cottages, each with an open terrace, are simply decorated and air-conditioned. The public area consists of a small library with a good selection of books, bar with extensive wine cellar, dining area, well-stocked curio shop and an airy lounge with welcoming fireplace (perfect for cool winter evenings).
The eastern gate of the Etosha National Park is just 8 kilometres away and guests can enjoy game drives into the park as well as safaris on foot. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves, which was declared a National Park in 1907. 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.
Each of the 13 cottages, including a triple room, each has a large bathroom, which has an oversized window and shower looking into the surrounding bush. The brushed cement floors and stone walls keep the tents cool from the afternoon sun. There are family units at Villa Mushara which is a short walk from the lodge.
Children are most welcome and in the main house there is a special area designated for children with books, games, toys, drawing utensils, creative plays and very friendly child minders to keep the children active. Outside there is a play park with a jungle gym, old tractor and a sand pit. And there is also a children's pool. Four of the tents are ideally suited for families with small children as they have a sleeper couch sleeping two children each. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit younger visitors and babysitting can be arranged on request.
The public area consists of a small library with a good selection of books, bar with extensive wine cellar, dining area, well-stocked curio shop and an airy lounge with welcoming fireplace (perfect for cool winter evenings). There is also a lovely swimming pool to enjoy between safaris.
The main activity at Mushara is to go and explore the renowned Etosha National Park in a 4x4 game drive. They also offer bush walks in the reserve to spot the smaller things.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Mushara Lodge is a beautifully designed Lodge to the east of Etosha National Park, a short drive to the Von Lindquist Gate. The lodge is owner managed so there is very much a family hands on feel. The owners have children so they very much welcome families and have rooms which work for children of different ages. The lodge is a fantastic base from which to explore the vast Etosha National Park and its plentiful game, which very often gathers and the watering holes.
Anna Devereux Baker (Staff)
Mushara Lodge is a lovely, luxurious lodge outside Etosha National Park, great for exploring the area. The staff are friendly and the dining is superb. The lodge has a relaxed ambience and meals are served by candlelight - the food is excellent and occasionally the waiting staff and chef will serenade the diners!
The lodge is very close to the Omibili Foundation, about half an hour's drive away on fairly good roads, and well worth a visit. The school choir are always happy to serenade, and a visit to the vegetable garden is fascinating.
The lodge is also able to organise trips into Etosha National Park - the guides are very good and knowledgeable and will tailor your safari based around your interests.
Location & directions
Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia
Mushara Lodge is a beautiful lodge situated just 8km from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park.
How to get there
Windhoek Airport (530 km) is the closest international airport. From here you can take a light aircraft flight to Mushara's (1-hour 30 minutes) private airstrip near the camp where a member of staff will meet you and transfer you to the camp. Alternatively, there is a Luxury Road Shuttle Service between Windhoek and Mushara Lodges or you may wish to self-drive from Windhoek which takes approxiamtely 6 hours.
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