Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha National Park is 22'270 square km and is one of the biggest parks in Africa.
You will have the opportunity to view wildlife when going on game drives as well as observing the animals at waterholes, in the resorts for example. The best times for animal viewing is early in the morning or late afternoon.
We were lucky to see a lot of animals, zebras, elephants, lions, kudus, etc. We could have stayed for hours, sitting silently in the car, watching the elephants. Really amazing experience to be so close to them!
Observing the animals at waterholes is also a must.
Perfect moments like watching the sun go down, while the animals are drinking... Bliss.
Really, you shouldn't miss Etosha Park when travelling in Namibia!
Etosha translates to the Great White Place, which is no surprise - it's pan is most easily seen from the plane, a wide expanse of shimmering white. Seen from the Etosha lookout the white explanse of snow-white sand seems impossibly interminable.
Etosha is one of the prime attractions of Namibia, and one of the best National Parks in Africa. The arid conditions in the dry season cause animals to gather at specific waterholes, making them easy to view compared with other parks in Africa. Also, the park is made for self-driving, which is another plus in itself. Another definitive plus is that this is one of the best places in the world (if not the best) to see rhinos.
Some of the animals in the park include: Black Rhino, White Rhino, Elephant, Windebeest, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Black Faced Impala, Springbok, Zebra, Eland, Kudu, Giraffe, Dik-Dik, Warthog, Hyaena etc. Of course there are the big cats - lion, cheetah and leopard - though these might take a bit more work to find ... Etosha is also great for birdwatching. Look out for birds of prey, bustards, korhaans, hornbills, rollers, ostrich, helmeted guineafowl and secretarybirds.
For more info about Etosha, and loads of other animal pics, check out my Etosha pages
Etosha is one of the largest game parks in Africa covering an area of 22,270 sq km. The central landmark here is the Etosha Pan. Covering nearly 5000 sq km, the pan is vast salt plain, remnant of a large inland lake. The pan is mostly dry but occasionally floods bringing thousands of flamingos and white pelicans. The surrounding limestone formations create a reservoir that supply the pan and various water holes with water to support the huge numbers of plant life and wildlife. Most of the vegetation grows around the surrounding pan in the limestone ground. Sweet grass and umbrella-thorn acacias provide the greatest source for browsers and grazers. The park boasts 114 species of mammal including black-faced impala, black rhino, mountain zebra, and brown hyena.
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Etosha National Park
Of course Etosha is one of the must if you come to Namibia.
I went in October, it was very hot, but we saw many animals. How you see them? ... you see them as you go driving along the park, but specially at the waterholes where they go to drink during day and night.
What can you find there?
Black Rhino (I saw)
Elephant (I saw many)
Gemsbok (I saw many)
Giraffe (I saw many)
Zebras (I saw many)
Ostrich (I saw)
Springbok (I saw many)
Red Hartebeest (I saw many)
Wildbeest ( I saw many)
Lions ( I saw many .... two times, over 15 together and one alone)
Kudu ( I saw many)
I did went to Etosha with a very good guide Uanee. Thanks to him we saw all the animals we saw with detail.
If you go to Etosha you should go with a good guide that will make you see every bird and go to the waterholes at the best times
Oukakoueja Camp has (as the other two camps in Etosha Ntl Park: Halali and Namutoni) a waterhole that is lighted in the night. This one in Oukakoueja is the waterhole where you most likely see most animals.
Starting after dark, it seems to be a theatrical play: Here come the giraffae, very cautious and slowly they proceed to the waterhole. Why so cautious? Because there are lions around. You haven´t seen them yet? But you will. They keep the giraffae at a distance, at least until the rhinoceros arrive.... and they only stay until the elefants come...
Don´t forget: the gates of the Camps iin the park close at sunset. You have to be in before that happens
More Tips: Dress with long sleeves and use a repellent against the mosquitoes.
Take a flash light with you (especially, if you are not staying in the bungalows on the camp but on the campsite)
This is a must when visiting Namibia. The siza of park is 4/5 of my island Taiwan. You can see most of the Big Five here. But I saw a lot of giraffs and zebras.
If you go with a organised tour, I think you can standing on the seat of the bus looking out from the roof, which is a wonderful experience.
Etosha NP in the north of Namibia is an absolute MUST!!!
It is a huge salt pan surrounded by flat bushland. You can see almost each kind of African animals there at the water-holes, that are scattered throughout the area of this huge nature reserve, approx. 22,000 square km in size.
The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure with well maintained gravel roads and three restcamps. Hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools. During high season it might be advisable to get reservations in advance!
Take a couple of days to enjoy all the animals at the waterholes!!! It is absolutely fascinating!
The waterholes attract much game, especially during the dry season. At one hole we were just about to leave, when a herd of elephants came silently from nowhere, including a tiny baby believed to be just a few days old. After taking their fill of water, they disappeared as quietly as they arrived. How can a large herd of elephant make no noise?
One of the best game viewing parks in Africa, Etosha is a MUST on any itinerary. Its name means 'aGreat White Place of Dry Water' referring to the huge dried salt pan that dominates the park.
Etosha is home to 114 species of mammal and 340 bird species.
Dusty roads lead through the park with a speed limit of 60km/h.
As elsewhere, the best time for wildlife viewing is dawn and dusk, but you are not allowed in the park after dark.
Etosha is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, and is certainly one of the most rewarding. There is a huge variety of wildlife to be seen, including lion, elephant, giraffe, black rhino, zebra, kudu, oryx (gemsbok), impala, springbok, cheetah, leopard ........... the list goes on.
There are also far far less tourists than in Eastern Africa, so people who have been on safari in Kenya tend to get a pleasant surprise.
The best time to see Etosha is between May and September, which is the winter season. Although it is extremely dry during this time, you will actually see more game, as all the animals congregate at the water holes.
Etosha is of course also very beautiful in summer and when it rains it is transformed into a lush paradise within days.
There are three restcamps within Etosha: Namutoni (an old German colonial fort), Halali and Okaukuejo. All three have bungalows, a campsite, a petrol station, a supermarket, a kiosk, restaurant, picnic spot and a swimming pool. My favourite is Okaukuejo, although to experience Etosha properly I recommend staying at least one or two days at each of the restcamps. Book as far in advance as you can, as they all fill up very quickly.
You must plan a visit to Etosha while in Namibia. I was amazed at the variety of wildlife that we encountered as well as the sheer numbers.
My visit was during the wet season, so the grasses and bushes were quite lush, providing more hiding spots for wildlife. Despite this, we still saw alot of animals. I can't imagine how many more were hiding in the tall grass.
See my travelogue for more animal photos.
Great wildlife viewing at waterholes next to the campside. Spotlights make nightviewing possible. It feels like a show, with animal coming one after another. We did see lions, giraffe, elephant, rhino and all sort of antilopes.
More pics in the travelogue.
Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia, is an excellent spot for an up-close look at the king of the feline family, the lion. Spotting lions can be a little dicey, depending on the water supply, but the opportunity exists to get an up-close look at these ferocious cats. One great part of seeing a lion at an Etosha waterhole is that it should be a clearer view, free of the bush the often surrounds these creatures in grassier terrain. Often, the first hint you'll get that a lion might be around is the hesitance of all other animals, save the elephants (who aren't afraid of any animal), to approach the waterhole.
If you do see a lion, I hope I don't have to suggest that you stay in your car and stay quiet. It's a great moment in your life, but it's not worth being eaten to get a few meters closer. : )
Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia, is an excellent spot for an up-close look at the largest of all land mammals, the majestic elephant. There are numerous jumbos throughout the expanse of Etosha, and nothing's better than catching an entire herd heading into a waterhole. If you are so fortunate, you'll quickly learn who's really the "king" among the animals. No lion would cross an elephant at the waterhole.
Stay in your car and stay quiet, though. The elephant is perhaps the most dangerous animal in Africa when spooked into frenzy.
Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia, is THE place for game viewing in this lovely country.
The park's well-maintained roads and uncrowded waterholes afford the opportunity to see many of Africa's most-prized game sites.
There are a couple of places along the way for "rest stops", but for the most part, you'll have to stay in your car. Also, you are only permitted to visit the park in the daylight hours. So, show up at the gates early and plan to spend the whole day. Bring your cameras, sunscreen and binoculars!