Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible parks in Southern Africa. The park is malaria free, accessible in a regular sedan car and the rest camps provide a range of accommodation as well as restaurants, viewing decks, shops and petrol stations. Luxurious camps in Etosha’s remote areas have now added top end accommodation to the park’s offerings.
Etosha National Park accommodation is well equipped with restaurants, shops, curios, swimming pools and petrol stations. The three main camps offer various types of accommodation from camping to chalets overlooking floodlit waterholes. Situated deeper in the park the more exclusive camps that offer a safari experience for discerning travelers.
The abundance of game in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected. During winter the Etosha Pan is bone dry. This endless white expanse is an unlikely venue for a wildlife sanctuary. Yet the surrounding areas overflow with springbok and zebra. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant, the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale- golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation.
Birders will love the rainy season in Etosha. After good rains the salt pan fills with water attracting a cloud of flamingos. More than 340 bird species have been counted in Etosha National Park. Among the migratory species, the European bee-eater is possibly the most popular sighting. The park is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.
Please note that Etosha National Park is immensely popular, hence advanced bookings are recommended.