While Etosha National Park is obviously an iconic and unforgettable safari destination in its own right, we feel our beloved park is best enjoyed in combination with some of Namibia’s other wildlife highlights.
After all, it would be a terrible shame to come to Namibia and not experience the full magic of the country.
So while Etosha National Park will always be a top highlight for many visitors, here are some of our other favourite wildlife destinations, which can easily be combined with an Etosha visit:
Bwabwata National Park
Standing in stark contrast to the arid, desert landscapes for which Namibia is famous, the verdant, riverine landscapes of Bwabwata National Park in the Zambezi Region are akin to Botswana’s Chobe, but without the crowds.
Animal populations once decimated by poaching and years of war have returned in their droves, particularly large herds of elephants, who move freely through this section of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area – the largest conservation area in the world.
Bwabwata is the new jewel in Namibia’s conservation crown, and also one of few national park’s in Africa where local communities live within the park, earning it the nickname “The People’s Park”.
Khaudum National Park
Close to the Botswana border on the fringes of the Kalahari, Khaudum is a fairly acquired taste, and certainly not for the fainthearted. You cannot enter the park without a 4×4, and are advised to drive in convoy. The deep, soft sand makes this a taxing destination for even the more seasoned self-drivers.
But for the wild heart, this is all part of the adventure and allure, as is the distinct dearth of tourists that results from the park’s relative inaccessibility.
There’s plenty of wildlife here, including lions, wild dogs and a large population of elephants. Though the dense vegetation makes game viewing tricky, when you do spot animals here the unadulterated nature of the park makes these sightings particularly special.