Etosha National Park


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'the floodlit waters'

Written on: May 09, 2013   |   I visited in August 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 entrance fee which was $90 we had already booked a month in advance for our one day accommodation since the park is usually swarmed with visitors thus it is advisable to book earlier in.
Exhausted from the long flight we went to put our feet up in one of the Etosha park camps and even before our adventurous journey that was ahead of us we could already see some antelopes from the rest camps that were quenching their thirst in one of the floodlit waterholes in the park. We were lucky to get one of the best rest camps--the Okaukeujo Rest camp which overlooks a permanent waterhole that is floodlit at night where a wide diversity of wildlife congregates and interacts. I had a feeling tomorrow would be very rewarding.

The next morning we were up before dawn this is when the game viewing is best, Etosha national park is known for the best game viewing. It was just a shirt walk to the water hole which was frequented by every sort of African wildlife, rhinos, elephants and many zebras that were scattered around the park. The experience was unimaginable to see rare endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelopes. We then returned to the camp for brunch at 10am and then drove out to the park but there were not many animals to see around the waterholes. Each has its own unique personality and the animals that can be spotted at certain waterholes may vary from, even from season to season. Finally, between 4pm and dusk the animals got back to the waterholes and we could get some pictures before we left the national park.
Visiting Etosha National park is a well-worth seeing place of unique nature and landscape, it is indeed one of the most special game parks in Africa. The best advantage is to book yourself a good rest camp mainly close to the waterholes this way you can enjoy your trip without even leaving the camp!!
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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.

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.

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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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