Etosha National Park is perhaps one of Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations. Found in North-western Namibia, this park is absolutely astounding at over 22,000 square kilometres. It is named after the incredible Etosha Pan, which covers a vast 4,760 square kilometres and attracts some of the continent’s highest populations of wildlife.
Although the landscape can look barren and unforgiving, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species and 16 reptiles and amphibians – which makes it a veritable paradise for visitors that are interested in more than just The Big 5.
The Etosha pan is transformed once a year from a salty mud flat, into a widespread lagoon, which attracts thousands of flamingos and pelicans. The surrounding plains and bush provide shelter for the hundreds of other species found in the park – and the sheer numbers of wildlife will astound even the most experienced wildlife watcher.
Etosha is a unique park in that you can get the wildlife to come to you by simply sitting patiently by one of the much-used waterholes. Sit in your vehicle, have a cold drink and simply wait while hundreds of animals such as elephants, rhino, lion and oryx come down to drink.
This truly is one of Africa’s most magical parks and its wide open spaces, gloriously starry nights and unbelievable animal numbers make this an experience that guests will never forget.