Namibia’s Prized Wildlife Destination
Etosha National Park, the ‘place of dry water’ with is vast mirage-inducing saltpan and abundant animal and birdlife is the premier game-viewing destination in Namibia. The Park is a 22 270 square kilometre (8598 square mile) reserve that encompasses Etosha Pan, a relic of an ancient lake. It is situated in the Kunene Region in the north-west of Namibia, and offers an easily accessible, malaria-free safari experience in a beautiful African wilderness. The parched, silver-white Pan is a massive 5 000 square kilometres (1 930 square miles) surrounded by arid woodland and savannah. It only holds some water in the summer months, and in the years of good rains it can become a mecca for large flocks of White Pelicans and Flamingos, as well as other waterbirds. Etosha is home to large herds of Zebra, Springbok, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Impala and Eland. Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Lion and Spotted Hyena are commonly sighted.
Etosha highlights include:
• An abundance of life – Etosha is home to 114 mammal species, almost 350 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species, and even one species of fish
• Game drives through the Park that offer some of the best game-watching and wildlife photography in Africa
• Spectacular sightings of hundreds upon hundreds of plains animals in the woodlands and savannahs
• Game-viewing at the waterholes along the edges of Etosha Pan visited by herd animals and predators, especially in the winter months
• Fantastic bird-watching, especially in the summer months when the migrant species are visiting and the pan is holding water