Etosha National Park

A protected area for wildlife for over one hundred years, and one of Africa’s largest national parks, Etosha takes its name from a huge salt pan. Covering close to 2,000 square miles, the pan is large enough to be seen from space, but still only occupies a quarter of Etosha’s total area.

Normally dry, a salt-encrusted pan is an unusual place to find the hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles which inhabit Etosha National Park. However, even when the pan isn’t temporarily filled with water, attracting birds such as pelican and flamingo, Etosha has some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere on Africa’s safari circuit.

Salt-tolerant grasses with deep roots capable of tapping into ground water provide the ideal sustenance for herbivores like wildebeest and springbok. At the same time, mopane woodland offers the perfect escape route for kudu should they spot the impressive populations of lion, leopard, and cheetah getting too close for comfort.

Permanent water sources, some artificial in nature, mean that many of Etosha’s most popular species have predictable daily routines. As a result, sightings of species including elephant are almost guaranteed, while the park’s incredible conservation efforts make it one of the best places to spot black rhino anywhere on the continent.

Floodlit waterholes mean game viewing doesn’t need to end with dusk either, extending the safari day by several hours and Etosha’s breathtaking attractions way beyond that.

Top Namibia Travel Destinations

Damaraland / Fish River Canyon / Namib-Naukluft Park / The Skeleton Coast / The Zambezi Region / Windhoek

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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