Etosha National Park Travel Guide

  • Zebra and foal
    Zebra and foal
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    Leopard hunting
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    Lion leaving the water hole
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Etosha National Park Highlights

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     So many animals, birds and interesting landscapes 

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     A long drive 

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     A unique wild life scenary - never seen before ! 

Etosha National Park Things to Do

  • Lion

    The king of the animal kingdom is truly a magnificent beast. These territorial cats will fiercely defend their territory, which can be anything from 50 to 400 sq km! Lions usually hunt in the night and for most of the day they are just napping, lazing around. Your best chances of seeing them in person will be in the very early hours of the morning,...

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  • Drive and be driven in Etosha

    When going to game parks we like to drive parts ourselves but also always take a drive with a guide. Although we saw a lot of animals while driving ourselves. You do not know the trails the animals use to go to the waterholes. This is something the guides know and what makes the difference on every game drive. Ok you pay more but you will most...

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  • Explore the other side

    As you survey the savannah for giraffes rustling through the trees or elephants strolling in the distance, don't forget to look closer to you or just look down. Sometimes, bones/skeletons are right off the road, next to the jeep, and will provide a fascinating and rewarding study of the natural cycle of life. Took this shot when we were busy...

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  • Wildebeest

    The wildebeest is a funny looking and (if you will) rather disproportionately formed animal. The most distinctive feature I find is its head which seems so big it is as if it's too heavy to be held up properly (which may go some ways to explaining the constant head down/"I'm just grazing" pose ;p ). Elsewhere in Africa (eg. Kenya, Tanzania), the...

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  • Impala

    It is easy to overlook these creatures because they are so abundant in numbers throughout Etosha National Park. However, from a scientific point of view, the impala is actually a unique antelope with no close relatives. They are easily distinguishable by their horns, which always have a sharp-angled turn in them. The impala is also known for their...

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  • Rhino

    Once widely hunted for their horns, the rhinoceros is now Africa's most critically endangered large animal. At Etosha, you'll commonly see the White Rhinoceros, which is a bit of a misnomer because this species is actually gray in color. (The name is actually a corruption of "wide-lipped rhino", for they have a wider, square-ish jaw compared to the...

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Etosha National Park Restaurants

  • Halali camp restaurant

    The Halali camp restaurant came up just in time when we got a bit tired of the camp cooking, so it was nice to have some good food, good drinks and nice service here. I had some beef & pork with potatoes and cold beer, was excellent.

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  • Okaukuejo Camp Restaurant

    I found out that the restaurants in the camping sites are not what we used to have here in Europe, here they have rich menu and some style as well, maybe because there is no alternative, and trying to go outside the camp for dinner will results in a good meal... for the lions ;-)

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Etosha National Park Nightlife

  • Wildlife watching

    After dinner we made our way to the floodlit water hole. To our great joy a pair of Black Rhino were enjoying a drink. After about 30 minutes a lone bull Elephant showed up and there was a bit of a stand-off, but it appeared that the Rhino was a juvenile as the Elephant didn't back down. Usually the Elephants would be put off by an adult Rhino.As...

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  • Wildlife watching

    Usually the waterholes in Etosha are very active at night. Many animals take refuge from the sun during the dday and spend the night in the waterholes. Is a great time to see rhinos in particular. Some have spot lights. long sleeves, bugs can get pretty bad

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  • Watching animals at night

    One of the simple things they did in Etosha is to locate the camping’s sites by the waterhole (or creating waterhole by the camping) It is a great opportunity to watch the animals at night approaching carefully to the drink.

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Etosha National Park Transportation

  • Namibian Explorer with African Routes

    There are really only two options for visiting the park and Namibia in general. One option is to hire a car which is great because it gives you flexibility and allows you to go where you want when you want. This can be expensive unless you have a several people to split the cost.The other option is to take a tour with an overland company. There are...

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  • Surprising results

    Etosha Park can be reached either on a safari tour or by private car. There seem to be no public transportation; even the local workers are trying to get a lift to the gate or beyond, rather bizarre set up. Comparison between organized safari with backpacker firm to Sossusvlei for three days, double occupancy in a tent accommodation outside of...

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  • Trucks

    Any car can pass through Etosha. Rain season may make some areas more difficult to pass in a 2X drive, 4X4 is recommended.Overland and open trucks are better because they sit higher and can see over a crowd of cars.

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Etosha National Park Shopping

  • Camping sites stores

    In each of the camping sites in the parks there are always stores where you can buy supply, groceries and souvenirs for your trip. Remember that the store will be closed around 6 or 7 PM. Food, water for the day and beer for the night :)

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  • The money in Namibia

    The Namibian and South Africa have the same rate and is interchangeable ! At least the SA currency and notes ! African wooden sculptures The best is still the US dollar in travellers or cash.But dont pay with 100 dollar noted - They might be refused.Tip : Petrol stations do not accept credit cards !!

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Etosha National Park Local Customs

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    by leigh767 Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    In Namibia, it is customary to tip the service staff (and in this case, the safari guides) 10%. Do keep that in mind as the safari tour fee itself does not include a service charge, and tour guides often double up as drivers, making the arduous 6-7 hour drive from Windhoek to Etosha before they help you set up your tent and help prepare dinner. It's a lot of hard work and they turn right around for another safari group the very next day after your tour is done. So do bear this in mind when budgeting your Namibian dollars*

    *South African Rands are also legal tender in Namibia :)

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Etosha National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Washrooms, what washrooms??

    The washrooms in Etosha are few and far between. That's a bit of a problem as you are not allowed to leave your car.Many of the areas have a gate, so someone has to get out of the car, open the gate, and close it again after one drives through it. Hopefully, there are no lions or other big cats watching...The washroom areas often also have a picnic...

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  • Do not show your pictures to the lion

    Watching animals becomes exiting and in the process one might forget the dangers accompanying the activity. These are wild animals with reflexes of a lightning sometimes within a couple of meters of your vehicle so precautions should be taken at all times. Taking of pictures is main occupation in Etosha but make sure that you do not share them with...

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  • Animals on the road

    It is very common to see all kinds of animals on the road, so be careful and drive slow. If you are not careful you might crash into some poor animal, and worst, you do not want an elephant crash into you.

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Etosha National Park Tourist Traps

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    by raraavis Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    This is a bit of a tourist trap. A lot of old affluent people in their expensive gear talking loudly around the waterhole when you are trying to watch animals during peak hours. If you have visited or plan to visit parks in Bostwana or South Africa, skip this one. Focus on Namib-Naukluft Park instead, it's so much more primitive and wild.

    Unique Suggestions: White rhinos are mostly extinct in Bostwana due to poaching. You can still catch white rhinos here, so glue your eyes to them by the waterhole.

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Etosha National Park What to Pack

  • Photography gear for a safari

    [This section contains technical information on photography and is intended for those who own/ plan to bring a DSLR on a safari trip.]A telephoto lens that goes up to 400mm would be ideal, although I went on to Etosha with a Canon 70-200mm and it was fine for 80% of the time. The 20% when I needed more zoom? When we saw the pride of 11 lions and...

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  • Moisturiser - and get a strong one!

    The extremely dry climate in Namibia could really be a problem for the skin. All the rough tumbling about climbing dunes, building tents, etc. don't help either. Make sure you bring some good moisturiser to keep your hands/feet from getting too dry. Cracked skin is very uncomfortable on a safari! I personally used Vaseline's Intensive Rescue...

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Etosha National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Get out on the Etosha Pan

    One gets tantalizing glimpses of the Etosha Pan was one drives around on some of the side roads along the main east / west road running through Etosha National Park. There is one place, roughly half way between Okaukuejo Camp and Namutoni Camp where you can actually drive a couple of kilometres onto the Pan itself. At around 120km long and 50 km...

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  • Etosha Park

    Moringa Waterhole"Toeriste bezoek hierdie watergat op eie risiko"You can visit this spot day and night - unique in Namibia.

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  • Etosha National Park

    The Etosha National Park is one of the greatest places in Africa to watch animals and enjoy the wild life of Africa. It is very easy to find your way, as roads are marks as well as to spot the animals.Etosha National Park

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  • Park Regulations

    Of course, Etosha is a protected area and there are rules to abide by for the welfare of the habitat, animals and visitors. A list of the rules can be found in the following website:But I will outline the main rules:-** You are not allowed out of the car outside the restcamps or picnic sites** Speed limit is 60km/h** Keep on the road** Restcamps...

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  • Wildlife watching – finding those...

    If you are really into animals, invest in a wildlife book and a bird guide and study them a bit before the Etosha safari. These will help you identify the animals, and will outline some behavioural traits that may help you find them or interpret what they are doing.The most important thing is then to get hold of information about waterholes, where...

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