The Jewel of National Parks - Etosha National Park

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The Etosha National Park in Namibia is without a doubt one of the best game reserves in the world. 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds, including some endangered ones such as black rhinos and cheetahs, cavort on an area of 22,750 square kilometres. In the heart of this nature reserve is a huge salt pan.

Come see all these animals up close! You'll be able to spot them from your car or even take walks with guides who know their way around the park like nobody else does. It's not just about seeing wildlife though - you can also go fishing at Lake Oponono or explore ancient rock paintings at Tsumkwe village while you're here too! There are so many things to do that it might be hard to choose what to do first!
If you're looking for more information about accommodations we have recommendations available ranging from tents to luxury lodges depending on your needs and budget. We also advise on several different types of tours including day trips, overnight stays and extended itineraries if you want something really special. If you need any help deciding which tour would suit your needs best please read as many of our posts for golden nuggets of information.

Etosha National Park Black Rhino

Etosha National Park is a year-round safari destination

Namibia's national park offers the best safari experiences all year round, as many wild animals are attracted by the numerous water holes. It is an unforgettable experience to see how majestic elephants quench their thirst alongside giraffes and antelopes. The park offers a diverse ecosystem which can be explored in any season of the year, with its lush green vegetation during summer and dry landscapes during winter. Visitors can stay at one of several lodges or campsites near the entrance gate to enjoy food, drink, swimming pools or game drives depending on their preferences.

Namibia's Etosha National Park is just a scenic drive from Windhoek

Windhoek to Okaukuejo in the Etosha National Park
Windhoek to Okaukuejo in the Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is the oldest national park in Namibia. It's only about 4-5 hours away from Windhoek, and it has an abundance of wildlife. There are over 700 species of animals that call the park home; including lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, zebras and many more! You can get up close with these creatures on safari or stay at one of the lodges for a more luxurious experience. Either way you're sure to have an unforgettable time exploring this diverse country. For those who want to explore on their own we recommend renting

Etosha National Park offers 5 rest camps

The Etosha National Park is home to five beautiful rest camps. All of which have busy waterholes so that you can even watch animals directly from the camp! This national park is open between sunrise and sunset and has four gates. It's gravel roads are passable with your own car, it doesn't have to be an off-road vehicle. The only thing this park lacks in terms of facilities is a restaurant but there are some picnic tables where visitors can enjoy their lunch or dinner instead.

Etosha National Park offers the best of Africa

The Etosha National Park is a popular safari destination in Namibia. It's home to many beautiful features including two beautiful camp sites, each with their own unique experience for visitors. Okaukuejo and Namutoni are two of the most visited camps as they offer great animal sightings due to close proximity to wildlife waterholes. I personally enjoyed camping at these locations because it was more peaceful than some other camp sites that can be noisy at night with generators running 24/7. Guided tours offered by expericed and certified wildlife guides are well equipped and accompanied by delicious food - my favorite being curried beef sandwiches! One thing I really liked about this park is how healthy the animals looked. Ask your guide about the reason behind the animals looking so fat and healthy.

Notable Highlights

  • This expansive Park area covers an impressive 23,000 square kilometers however much of the park to the west is private in an effort to keep the animals conserved.
  • Wildlife viewing, especially at water holes, is first class.
  • There is the opportunity to see the endangered black rhino.
  • After rainfall, the 5,000 square kilometer salt pan attracts thousands of flamingo's.
  • The camps illuminated water holes that guarantee the best sightings day and night.

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