The Etosha National Park is a huge protected area of 20 000km2 and is located in the north of Namibia. Etosha, means “the place of dry water”. It encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression, best known as “The Etosha Pan”, which is the iconic feature of the park.
However there is much more diversity in terms of landscapes in the park than you’d expect : green and gold mopane forests, makalani palms and the Haunted Forest (Sprokieswoud).
What to do in the Etosha National Park ?
Etosha is definitely a wildlife heaven and is made unique in terms of free-roaming animals. It is one of the few places in Africa where visitors can see such a mixture of rare and endemic species at once.
Etosha’s best game viewing is at the many waterholes scattered throughout the park. Especially during the dry winters most species rely on these permanent water sources. The larger waterholes see large treks of zebras and springboks , thousands of gemsboks , impalas, jackals, a few hundred of kudus, white rhinos and who knows how many cheetahs and leopards mingle with Oryxes and bathing elephants.
Other rare and endangered species of the park include the black-faced impala and the fleet footed cheetah. The bird-watch of around 340 species is excellent especially since it is so flat and there is not a cloud in the sky during the dry season.
Incentives options : the Wow effect
One of the great things about Etosha is that there’s very little work involved in spotting game – pull up to a waterhole with a camera, binoculars, enjoy the snacks and just wait for something to arrive (if it isn’t already there). The experience of sitting meters away from a sea of snorting, fighting, eating and drinking wildlife is incredible. Watch the action!
Bush dinner around the fire where you can enjoy the excellent quality of meats while you hear in the background the grunts and snorts of rhinoceros and elephants and the cry of a lone jackal from the waterhole.