Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. At almost 9000 square miles, it is also one of Africa’s largest national parks. Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan (the Etosha pan) that covers more than 5000 square miles and covers 25% of the park. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. During the drier months, between June and November, water points exert a magnetic pull on the big game herds, and the concentration of game around waterholes can be an incredible sight, including everything from elephant, giraffe and zebra to rare and endangered species such as the black rhino, black-faced impala, tssesebe and gemsbok.
Roads (road, really) throughout Etosha are paved, which can make it feel a bit tame.
We always advocate that clients take advantage of the private conservancies around the national park (particularly Onguma and Ongava). They provide a more wild and exclusive game-viewing experience while still offering full access to the national park itself. This is particularly important in July and August when Etosha can be crowded.
We also recommend staying on both the Eastern and Western sides of the park in private reserves, as well as spending a day or a day and night driving through the center of the park.
Our favorite accommodation in Etosha
Onguma Tented Camp
Onguma Tree Top Camp
Etosha Mountain Lodge
Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge
Other areas to explore
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