Etosha National Park


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A feast of game

Written on: May 01, 2013   |   I visited in March 2012 For many decades, Etosha National Park has been a firm favorite among local and international travelers and rightly so - Etosha is one of Southern Africa’s greatest game park gems. Rest camps Halali, Namutoni, Okaukuejo and the latest editions Camp Onkoshi and Camp Dolomite flank the huge salt and mineral pan. The pan serves as a lifeline for mammals and birds roaming the 22,000 km2 of the park.

Staying at Etosha National Park for at least a couple of days is highly recommended and allows the opportunity to work your way through the network of waterholes (consider hopping between accommodation options as you travel through the park). Observing the game at waterholes for a couple of hours on end will give you insight into the secret life of zebra, lion, giraffe, elephant, rhino, buck and bird families. There is a special dynamic between the animals and observing their hierarchy and rules at the waterholes is a remarkable experience.

Staying at the popular Okaukuejo Camp (western part of Etosha) offers adequate accommodation within walking distance of Nebrownii waterhole. Other waterholes found here are Aus, Olifantsbad and Gemsbokvlakte. Observing the game by night and listening to the nighttime grunts and snorts by the illuminated waterhole completes your African bushveld experience. Although you could easily hang out at the waterholes and see scores of game, driving the main routes is equally satisfying. Guided night safari drives are available to guests staying at the park’s accommodation (unfortunately not available to day visitors who are expected to leave at sunset with the closing of the park). On the night safari, expect some night time action as the lions hunt during the cooler hours.

Halali Camp in the center of Etosha Park feels somewhat more isolated, which brings its own charm. Halali also offers camping in addition to the chalets. The camping spots are particularly favored by the local travelers and you will probably find yourself chatting to a friendly local visitor here!

If you find yourself lucky enough to visit Etosha National Park after some rainfall you’ll be in for a feast of game viewing! Etosha’s landscape, mingling of game and pure enjoyment of Africa’s wildlife is a highlight that every safari traveler should experience!
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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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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.

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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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Etosha Park is a paradise for the wildlife and nature photographer! The level of service and management varies between the rest camps...spend your time viewing the precious African game and landscape and you'll be happy that you made the trip!

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