Best of Etosha, Namibia
Etosha National Park is the highlight for most travelers visiting Namibia and is the largest game park in Africa! With incredible wildlife and game viewing and voted second best destination in the world to visit by Lonely Planet what are you waiting for? Namibia is ideal for self-drive tourists or for those that prefer an organised tour or overlanding.
Etosha spans an area of 23000 square kilometers and is well known for its massive salt pan which covers about 23% of the total area of the park and can apparently be seen from space!
Much of the wildlife gather around the various watering holes in the dry winter months so visitors don’t have to spend hours driving around looking for animals so the best time to visit is from May to Oct./November.
Nothing compares with coming close to the largest mammal on earth…the majestic elephant. These gentle giants are prolific in Etosha and one can spend hours watching them amble towards the water holes and using their trunks to spray water over themselves to cool down. For bird lovers there are over 300 species to view.
Of course the undisputed king of the bush are the lions and Etosha has a healthy population of these big cats which can often be viewed at the water holes. Watch how all the other game at the water hole scatters when the king of the bush makes his way down for a drink.
Etosha is also known for its healthy population of the black rhinoceros of which is highly endangered. Etosha’s watering holes are considered to be one of the best places on earth to view these amazing and prehistoric looking beasts.
Many other fascinating creatures can be seen and viewed in Etosha….leopard, giraffe, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena, kudu, zebras and much more – in total a 114 different mammal species can be found in the park.
Accommodation inside the park is available at the various government run lodges or campsites. The advantage of staying inside the park is that visitors don’t have to exit the park after sunset. There are also many excellent and comfortable lodges and camp sites outside of the park and one is allowed to enter Etosha when the sun rises but must leave before sunset. Etosha is a malaria free zone.
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