Namutoni Camp, Etosha, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – Main entrance of the Namutoni Camp within the Etosha National Park in Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We started our day by entering the Etosha National Park in Namibia from the east. Our first stop was the Namutoni camp. It had served as control post from 1897 onwards during a rinderpest epidemic. Later, when the rinderpest was gone, the fort was used to control the trade with Ovamboland. In 1906 it was put under the leadership of the German Adolph Fischer who became the first warden of the Etosha National Park in 1907. Back then, it was five times as big as it is today. Its size was reduced in order to create room for the Herero and Damara people. The fort has been a National Monument since 1950, and the camp opened its gates for tourists in 1957.

Needless to say, we were excited. The first time in a genuine African National Park, and after our stop at Namutoni we’d drive off to the Fisher’s Pan to experience the wildlife and enjoy the landscape as we were slowly making our way towards the Halali Camp where we would spend the night.

The image was the first one shot within the park, so it’s a great memory. But I like the clean architecture of the camp and the bright white of the buildings which contrast well with the deep blue sky. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time29-NOV-2006, 09:34
LocationEtosha National Park, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4872 x 2986 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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