Etosha National Park

- Animals & Wildlife Etosha Safaris
Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
Elephant
Abundant
Giraffe
Common
Hippo
None
Zebra
Abundant
Wildebeest
Abundant
Black Rhino
Very Rare
Lion
Occasional
Leopard
Very Rare
Cheetah
Very Rare
Hyena
Occasional

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Animals & Wildlife in Etosha National Park

Wildlife viewing in Etosha is exceptionally good during the Dry season. The variety and sheer number of animals is outstanding. Four of the Big Five are present in good numbers, only buffalo is absent. Elephant roam in large herds. A constant stream of herbivores is commonly seen at waterholes. They include blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and several desert-adapted antelopes such as springbok and gemsbok. Dusk and dawn is the best time for spotting black rhino, lion, leopard and cheetah.
Wildlife highlights
Etosha has two near-endemic antelopes (only small numbers occur in neighboring Angola): the elegant black-faced impala, which can be found in breeding and bachelor herds, and the tiny damara dik-dik, usually spotted in pairs. Some of the less common predators are honey badgers and bat-eared foxes. Black rhinos are a rare treat in the park, best spotted at night at one of the floodlit waterholes near the rest camps.
Best time for wildlife viewing
Etosha is a very seasonal park and, although it can be visited throughout the year, all the action happens during the dry months from May to October. At this time water supplies are restricted to a few waterholes and the grass is short, making wildlife-watching very easy. Animals disperse during the Wet season from November to April and wildlife viewing isn't as productive during these months.
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