With its origins in the Bantu language, Etosha translates to “great white place” referencing the near 5 000km² mirage-inducing pan that calls the 22 750km² Etosha National Park home. Considered one of the largest national parks on the globe and home to over 114 mammal and 340 bird species, this wildlife haven is one of the most easily accessible and adored places to visit in southern Africa.
Once upon a time, the Etosha pan was an ancient inland sea that over past millennia has dried up. Although no longer an ocean, the summer rains bring forth a layer of algae across the pan’s surface which entices flocks of flamingos and countless other birdlife. Another striking aspect of the park is the varied vegetation within its area which nourishes countless herds of plains game such as zebra, wildebeest and elephant while also providing refuge for the endangered Black Rhino, Black-faced Impala and Tsessebe.
During the dry season, Etosha’s perennial water sources become crowded with competing wildlife, making this an ideal time for game viewing. The park has six accommodation options: a campsite and five rest camps. Guided bush walks and twice-daily game drives are popular pastimes in the park. An easy 6 hour drive north of Windhoek will bring visitors to Etosha depending on which gate they are accessing the park from.
- Easy accessibility from Windhoek on tarred roads
- Large Park with plenty to see. We recommend taking at least 3 days to experience it effectively
- Water points both natural and man-made attract wildlife for game viewing and ideal photographic opportunities
- Ability to see endangered wildlife like Black Rhino and the Black-faced Impala
- 4 of the Big 5 call Etosha home
- There is a camp site and rest camps within the park and other accommodation just outside its borders
- Excellent self-drive park due to the quality of its roads but professional game drives are offered from the rest camps and the accommodation outside the Park