Etosha National Park

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About Etosha National Park

Etosha is Namibia’s best park for wildlife watching and is characterized by the vast, saline Etosha Pan. During the Dry season the waterholes around the pan become crowded with large concentrations of animals. Four of the Big Five are present, only buffalo is absent. During the Wet season, the animals are dispersed and wildlife viewing isn't as productive. Etosha’s floodlit waterholes provide a rare opportunity for nighttime wildlife-watching.

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22,158km² / 8,555mi²
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1,061-1,451m / 3,481-4,760ft
Pros and Cons
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing during the Dry season
  • Unique opportunity to view animals at night at floodlit waterholes
  • Easy self-drive destination
  • Several accommodation options catering to different budgets
  • Wildlife viewing isn't productive during the Wet season
  • Rest camps catering to self-drive visitors make it less exclusive
  • Very hot climate


Wildlife viewing is outstanding in the Dry season (May to October) when animals congregate around the waterholes. Elephants are abundant. Big herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and gemsbok are often seen drinking together at a waterhole. Giraffe and eland might join as well. Big cats are spotted at dawn and dusk and black-backed jackels are very common. There are, however, no buffalos, hippos, crocodiles or monkeys.
More about Etosha's wildlife


Translated as 'Great White Place', Etosha takes its name from the enormous Etosha Pan – a large silvery-white salt pan that acquires a thin layer of salted water after heavy rains. The water becomes deep enough for the pan to act as a breeding ground for greater and lesser flamingos. It is the artificial waterholes and natural springs, among the grassy plains and mopane woodland that attract most of the wildlife.

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By Maarten Elings from NetherlandsNL

A multiday adventure in Namibia

 8 Jun 2017Reviewed:

When visiting Etosha, try to plan your stay for several days. the park has multiple camps (with bungalows and tent places) from where you can discover the wild life of Etosha. The Etosha N.P. has several waterholes which, during drought, are roame... Full review

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