Etosha National Park
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Etosha national park Namibia is one of the highlight of Namibia safaris located in the north west of Namibia, one of the largest Namibia parks and game reserves. Etosha Park is mainly mixed scrub, mopane savannah and dry woodland surrounding the massive mineral pan, from which Etosha gets its name - “Great White Place”.
Etosha pan is a silvery white shallow depression, dry except during the rainy season and even then the water disappears quickly due to the high evaporation rate. Mirages and dust devils play across the surface, which was once a part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The salt pan 130km long, along the edge of the pan are springs that attract wildlife during the dry season, the best months are from May to September.
Etosha Namibia safaris
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s greatest parks in both size and variety of wildlife species. It covers an incredible 22,207 sq kms (8598 sq miles) and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.
Etosha is famous for its huge elephant population, which is most visible from May to October regularly sighted at Batia between Halali and Namutoni and Olphhantsbad near Okaukuejo. When the rains begin some elephant herds migrate north to Angola and west to Kaokoland, returning in about March. The Park is actually fenced though this does not always stop the elephants from going where they please.
Lions are commonly seen and zebra feel safer in the open expanses of the pans where lions have no shelter from which to spring an ambush. Black faced impala and Damara dikdik, one of Africa’s smallest antelopes are common near Klein Namutoni waterhole and Fischer pan during the dry season. Waterholes during the dry season draw in several other animals such as springbok, blue wildebeests, warthog, eland, black rhino giraffes, greater kudu, hyena, jackal, warthog and bat eared foxes. Special to see are rare sights of the aardwolf, cheetah, honey badger, roan antelope, silver fox and African wildcat. Ongava game reserve near Anderson gate to the south of the Etosha Park is a private sanctuary that offers night game drives, walking safaris and with god sightings of the white rhinos.
For keen birders Etosha National park is at its best during the summer rainy season, from mid-January to March, however a good variety of bird species can be seen year round at Andoni in the extreme north. Salt pans normally attract flamingoes, heron and pelicans to the park.
Other interesting places to visit for Etosha Namibia National Park include Ondundozonananandana Mountains as seen from Okaukuejo Namibia Etosha research station and Namutoni a former imperial fort for the Germans. Several waterholes in the park provide excellent birding and game sights during the dry season.
Roads run along the eastern, southern and western borders of the Etosha Pan. They link the three campsites and the various waterholes. The main entrance gate at Okaukuejo in the south is spectacular and it’s where you’ll find Etosha park offices.
Etosha National Park Accommodation
You will find established rest camps and private lodges offering a wide range of overnight accommodation near Namutoni, Hallali and Okaukuejo. Options include well furnished lodge rooms, chalets and camping sites.
Namutoni Etosha park safari and game lodges include double rooms in grass thatched chalets with showers, en-suite bathrooms and relaxing views of the game that visits the
different waterholes. Options include Khorab lodge, Mokut Lodge, Mushara Lodge, Onguma lodge abd Villa Mushara lodge.
The tented camps are options offered if you are camping west of the park. Overnight options include Epacha tented camp, Etosha mountin camp, etosha safari camp, little ongave camp, Naua Naua Lodge, Namatubi’s guest farm, Ongava tented lodge and camp and finally Toshari inn
Eagle Tented Camp Lodge is a luxury game lodge with thatched roofs over decked 8 canvas tents. The camp offeres excellent restaurants, wooden balcony, bar, swimming pool, en-suite bathrooms, excellent room service and game drive to Epacha Game reserve.