Experience Etosha National Park
In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.
Why You Should Visit Etosha
- Etosha is a 22 750km² wildlife sanctuary in Namibia – one of Africa’s most stable and accessible countries
- Great game viewing at the waterholes, especially during the dry season (June to November)
- Great chances of seeing the endangered black rhinoceros
- The 5 000km² salt pan, which attracts thousands of flamingos after heavy rains
- Floodlit waterholes for night-time game viewing
- 2wd accessible
- Malaria free
During the drier months from June to November the water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and forms the centrepiece for visitors looking to see the nearly 150 mammal species to found in the park, including several rare and endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala, Tssesebe and Gemsbok.
Etosha Rest Camps
Etosha is served by three well established rest camps within the park.
A host of private lodges on its borders offers visitors a wide choice of safari options. The floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo and Fort Namutoni, previously the northernmost German outpost and now a rest camp, are just some of the charms of this place called Etosha.