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Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s most iconic and celebrated national parks, adored by many.
But it seems to hold a particularly special place in the heart of wildlife photographers. Many will signal Etosha out as their absolute favourite African park, and will come back here time and again.
Some photographers have been known to spend months or even years on end inside this vast Namibian park.
So what is it that makes puts Etosha a cut above the rest for photography?
This is certainly the most obvious drawcard of this magnificent park. Etosha is home to all of the ‘Big 5’ except for buffalo. It’s a special place for big cat sightings, and the elephants are most likely the biggest you’ll see anywhere in Africa. Recently, striking images of Etosha’s so-called “ghost elephants” have been garnering particular interest on social media.
Most of Etosha is flat with sparse vegetation, which gives photographers plenty of room to blow out the background of their shots behind their main subject, or make sure that the background is not too busy. This makes the subject all the more striking. On the other hand, the open expanses mean you’ll often be able to get a range of different animals at different distances all in the same shot, capturing Etosha’s renowned wildlife carnival appeal.