Etosha National Park


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White rhino, Etosha National Park
White rhino, Etosha National Park
About Etosha National Park
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Parks total area:
22,270 km² (8600 mi²)
Year established:
1907
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Best time to visit is between May and September
  • Self-drive safaris are permitted
  • Arid, pleasant climate makes for a comfortable safari

Established in 1907, Etosha National Park is located in the northwest corner of Namibia. Etosha is 22,270 km² (8600 mi²), making it the sixth largest national park in Africa. The name ‘Etosha’ means ‘place of dry water’ or ‘huge white area’ which can be attributed to the fact that roughly 20 – 25% of the park is covered by a great salt pan. Etosha is an excellent destination for game viewing and four of the big five can be spotted here – elephant, leopard, lion and rhino (both black and white). Only the buffalo is absent.

While Etosha may be one of more established national parks in Africa, it offers a limited number of lodging options inside the park boundaries. Only a handful of camps exist, most of which are situated around a permanent waterhole for game viewing opportunities. Many guests choose to stay outside the park boundaries, where there is a wider range of accommodation. However, because the park’s entrances are closed from dusk until dawn, those staying outside the park will not be able to partake in any night drive safaris and may wish to consider this when booking their accommodation.    
Etosha is a well-established national park that offers excellent game viewing opportunities all year round. Although it does not have an extensive range of lodging options inside the park, the camps that are inside the park are of good standards and are ideally situated for wildlife encounters. Etosha is recommended for all levels of travelers.

When is the best time of year to visit Etosha National Park?

The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent year-round, with the best times to visit coinciding with the dry, cooler season. From May to September the extremely low levels of precipitation force wildlife around the few remaining water sources, making game viewing in Etosha spectacular. The daytime temperatures are also more tolerable during this time of year although, with the low levels of humidity, Etosha’s climate is very agreeable at any time of the year. The arid conditions mean the flora of Etosha is mainly grass, savannah and smaller trees. Two of the more prevalent species of trees in Etosha are Mopane and Moringa. The Mopane thrives in a high alkaline environment and the Moringa, a hardy tree with nutritious leaves, is drought-resistant and grows in dry, sandy soils.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Mar 09, 2016   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
If we had to explain Namibia in a few words, it would be a photographer's dream. On a recent trip to Sossusvlei, Damarland and Etosha National Park we were left dumbfounded once again by this country's amazing natural beauty.

Etosha National Park, specifically, has some amazing lodges with spotlit waterholes where you can spend your day, and night, watching anim... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 05, 2015   |   Visited: May 2015.
The Etosha National park is one of the biggest wildlife resorts in Namibia and it provides accommodation, camping, sleeping under the stars. The waterholes is something you don't see every day. I will recommend this trip to any tourist who wants to go on a journey of a lifetime.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 15, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Etosha National Park offers unequal wildlife sightings and it's a definite 'must-see' for visitors to Namibia! During my journeys through the park I experienced very close, yet undisturbed encounters with animals: a female leopard with two small cubs sunbathing in the middle of the main road in the early morning sun (caution to all who exceed speed limits in the pa... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jun 02, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2004.
This was our first safari and visit to Namibia, we drove throughout the country and had no idea how to visit the game park, we simply rented a saloon car which I will not recommend, of course! We felt very small...the wildlife was amazing and we saw a great variety of game including lions. Safaris in Namibia are unlike other places. Etosha is huge and not crowded, ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 12, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2008.
My camping in Etosha was set up at Halali near waterhole and we spent most of the days traversing through the park from view point to view point, which was great! Although our group was travelling during rainy season I enjoyed viewing abundant wildlife everywhere! I also enjoyed coast and dunes, especially sandboarding in the dunes, even at my age as I'm considered... read more

I saw

Rhinoceros
Zebra
Hippopotamus
African buffalo
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 07, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2011.
Namibia is a country full of contrasts and contradictory landscapes. From the million year old sands of Namib-Naukluft National Park to the lushness of the Waterberg Plateau, the diversity is breathtaking. After the desolation of sand dunes, Etosha in October was delightfully teeming with antelope of all varieties. The best part, most herds had healthy contingent o... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 12, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2011.
No trip to Namibia is complete without a visit to the Etosha National Park. This huge game reserve in the north of the country is a must for wildlife lovers as it is not only possible to see the Big Five but game is plentiful and visitors are guaranteed good animal sightings.

Park facilities are good, roads are maintained and the accommodation is clean and perfe... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 19, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2001.
There is something about Etosha that inspires descriptive text; shimmering mirages over salt pans, herds of springbok daintily tip toeing through the grass, herds of wildebeest dotted on an endless horizon all blended with an air of expectancy. You never know what you’re going to see or experience in Etosha.

I remember the first time I visited Etosha, which was ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 14, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2011.
Children will have a lot to eat when they order Chips (French Fries). Very often they are made too oily and it´s nearly impossible to eat them all.

But you will find enough animals here wanting to be fed:
Banded Mongooses (at Fort Namutoni)& Smith´s Bush Squirrels at (at Halili, the Camp in the middle of Etosha)

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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 22, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
If southwestern Bolivia had creatures bigger than cars wandering around waiting to shock you with their enormity, there would be a place to on earth to compare Etosha National Park to.
It doesn't, and there isn't.
This park is centered around an immense salt flat that big game likes to congregate around. The plains surrounding the blinding beautiful natural wond... read more
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
Of the big five, only the buffalo don't roam here. This park has a great tourist infrastructure.
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