Etosha National Park


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Written on: January 12, 2014   |   I visited in July 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 perfectly adequate although not exactly luxurious. Visitors who like rose petals in their bath may want to opt for one of the private lodges just outside Etosha. It is a great park for anyone wanting to see lots of animals, lots of the time. But bear in mind that the park is huge, so there is a quite a bit of driving between camps. Especially at the slow speed required, it can take hours to get to your bed for the night.

It is also not exactly the world’s most attractive park – think one big salt pan, going on for hours and hours and hours. I prefer the diversity of the Kruger National Park, the lush vegetation of Hluhluwe or the landscape of Pilanesberg. I enjoy looking for the game myself, finding joy in driving through dense vegetation and then suddenly an elephant steps out in front of the car. There is something predictable and slightly uninspiring about Etosha. Dare I say it? Etosha is just the smallest, tiniest, littlest bit of a yawn.
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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

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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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(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.

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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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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2013.
Etosha National park is superb. The view of the park from the sky is a vast bare, open expanse of shimmering green and white that covers almost half of the beautiful Etosha National park. We finally landed in South Africa in Windhoek. We drove to the park and had to first pick up a permit at the entrance then later stopped at the registration office to pay for our ... read more
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