Etosha National Park is a wonderland for wildlife that congregates around the incredible salt pan – so huge it can be seen from space! Experience the waterholes and plains, amazing Mopani trees and open spaces. You too can see the best sunsets ever are recorded in Namibia’s most famous park.
Tourists to Namibia love Etosha National Park. Among its many positive points is that it is malaria free and you don’t need a 4×4 to traverse its well-graded dirt roads. Many forms of accommodation exist from camping under shady trees to luxurious lodges. It’s also well appointed with shops and petrol stations. The three main camps in Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo, Halali and Namtoni – all offer camping, chalets and water holes, floodlit at night. The more exclusive camps – Dolomite and Onkoshi – are available for those who seek a luxurious safari experience.
Game viewing at Etosha is astounding. Find some of the 114 mammal species, some endangered. Look out for: Black rhino, Black-faced impala, Honey badgers, warthogs, Bat-eared foxes, ground squirrels, jackal and cheetah. Sightings of elephants and lion are common, kudu, gemsbok, giraffe, wildebeest and hyena,springbok and zebra.
Etosha’s gates and certain landmarks have been named after people who were part of the park’s origins. Did you know that explorers Charles Andersson and Francis Galton first discovered this wild region with Ovambo traders in 1851? And that Etosha actually means ‘Great White Place’ in the Ovambo language?
German troops occupied the Namutoni region in 1896 where they built the fort. The Ovambo burnt it down at the turn of the century and today it is a national monument. The original Etosha was the largest national park in the world. But politics in the ‘60s shrank that 100 000 square kilometre area of the present 20 000 km2.