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Etosha National Park


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The Etosha National Park is one of Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, characterized by a salt pan so large that it can be seen from space. The Salt Pan, which is the largest in Africa, is largely dry, however, the scattered waterholes throughout form the basis of life for countless wildlife.

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Waterhole in Etosha National Park

Although it may look barren, the vast landscape spanning over 22 000 km is home to an abundance of wildlife. A quintessential factor of visiting this Park is its charming ability to deliver wildlife to you. Spotting game can be long and drawn out, but here; the wildlife will approach as you wait near a waterhole.

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Lioness waiting for her prey at the waterhole, Etosha National Park

This practice of waiting near a waterhole, especially during the winter months when game rely more heavily on localised waterholes, will offer you the opportunity to see four of the big 5 and a large range of other wildlife. Desert adapted elephants and lions are commonly spotted in the Park, while elusive leopards are to be sought out in the more densely vegetated areas.

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"Desert adapted elephants and lions are commonly spotted in the Park, while elusive leopards are to be sought out in the more densely vegetated areas."

Lions etosha national park

A special reason to visit the Park is to see the thriving population of black rhino’s. The numbers of this endangered animal are not disclosed so as to help protect them from further harm but chances of seeing them at a waterhole, especially at night, are good.

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Etosha Bird Life

Other wildlife which can be spotted include: wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Among the smaller species you will find jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog, honey badgers and ground squirrel.

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Cheetah roaming the salt pans of Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is a destination that should not be missed by any travel enthusiast, nature lover or intrepid explorer looking for a new experience. At Ker & Downey Africa we have curated a luxurious 7-day Etosha National Park Classic Safari that covers the best from East to South. Immerse yourself in all that Etosha and the Namibian culture has to offer. To learn more about this experience click here.

"The Etosha National Park is a destination that should not be missed by any travel enthusiast, nature lover or intrepid explorer looking for a new experience."

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Fast facts

  • 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
  • The park was proclaimed a game reserve on March 22, 1907.
  • The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago.
  • The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park.
  • Etosha holds one of the largest population of black rhino in the world.
  • Flooded pans draw in huge numbers of water birds, including Greater and lesser flamingos and Eastern White Pelicans.
  • Etosha’s pans are white from lime and salt – and influence the whole region, giving Etosha a white look, unique to any of Africa’s other great game reserves.
Joey Cameron
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Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.


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