Etosha is one of Africa’s largest game parks, much of which is covered by the silver Etosha salt pan that shimmers in the heat.
To the south of the pan there are open grasslands, woodland and permanent waterholes that act as a magnet for game.
Wildlife of Etosha National Park
In the dry season the game congregates in their thousands around the water sources, leading to some phenomenal game-viewing. On Etosha’s grassveld it is easy to find grazers, including Burchell’s zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and black-faced impala. Kudu are found on the margins of the woodland, whilst giraffe nibble the acacias and eland come to drink. Etosha’s cats are thriving with large populations of lion, leopard and cheetah. Elephant occur in hundred-strong herds whilst black and white rhino are found, particularly in the west of the park.
Etosha has over 340 bird species and it is common to see ostrich and secretary birds on the open plains. There are over 35 species of raptor, including the yellow-billed kite, steppe eagle and pygmy falcon. From black-faced babblers to the crimson-breasted shrike, birders will not be disappointed.
It is possible to explore Etosha either from inside or outside the park. Inside the park there are three very basic rest camps whilst outside there are a number of private reserves and lodges.
Suggested itineraries featuring Etosha National Park
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Places near Etosha National Park
- Northern Namibia 129 kilometers away
- Waterberg Plateau 228 kilometers away
- Damaraland 241 kilometers away
- Kaokoland 266 kilometers away
- Erongo Mountains 330 kilometers away
- Rundu 404 kilometers away
- The Central Highlands 406 kilometers away
- The Skeleton Coast 435 kilometers away
- Windhoek 442 kilometers away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 467 kilometers away
Accommodation choices for Etosha National Park
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