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 80 miles away
- Waterberg Plateau 142 miles away
- Damaraland 150 miles away
- Kaokoland 165 miles away
- Erongo Mountains 205 miles away
- Rundu 251 miles away
- The Central Highlands 253 miles away
- The Skeleton Coast 271 miles away
- Windhoek 275 miles away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 290 miles away
Accommodation choices for Etosha National Park
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