A world-class safari destination home to world-renowned natural landmarks!
The Etosha National Park is one of the best and most intriguing game reserves you can visit in Namibia. Its huge expanse of white landscape roamed by all kinds of wildlife is what makes it so popular – there is no doubt that it will become your favourite destination in this unique country.
Protecting this astonishingly large natural feature is the Etosha National Park of approximately 22000 square kilometres. Although this is a predominantly dry area, there are several waterholes and these draw in the animals like moths to a flame! For this reason you can almost be guaranteed plenty of excellent wildlife viewings. You can certainly go with confidence to this park knowing that you will tick many animals from your list.
Etosha National Park has herds of some of the largest elephants in Southern Africa, is famous for its significant numbers of endangered black rhino and is also the home of giraffe, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and many types of antelope. On the plains it is not uncommon to see thousands of Springbok, while the roan antelope and red hartebeest are not as likely to be seen. However, if you are after a look at these beautiful creatures, this is the ideal park to visit.
The Etosha National Park is also extremely popular for its approximately 340 recorded bird species. There are beautiful blue cranes and secretary birds, and ostriches and various unusual kinds of vultures, hawks and falcons are often seen. Etosha is therefore a spectacular destination for all fans of feathery creatures.
Some of the best things to do in Etosha National Park include:
- A large waterhole at Okaukuejo is a famous location for night-time visitors, including rhino, lion and elephant. This is especially the case during the dry season.
- Etosha has significant numbers of endangered black rhino and a higher density of giraffe than many other areas.
- The huge Etosha salt pan is a spectacular sight and it causes the entire area to have a unique whitish colour.
- Greater and lesser flamingos, as well as other water birds such as the Eastern white pelican, flock to the pan when there is water.
- Incredibly strange-looking trees of the African moringa (ghost tree) variety are found west of Okaukuejo and this area is referred to as Sprokieswoud, or the haunted forest.
- The Etosha National Park is the home of 114 mammal species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and 340 bird species.