Etosha is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks and Namibia’s prime wilderness conservation area.
Spanning a vast 22 300 km² (8 610 square miles), it consists mostly of grassy plains around a huge salt pan, which becomes a beautiful lake after heavy rains and attracts large flocks of pink candy-floss coloured flamingo.
Etosha hosts a vast array of animals, including the Big Five, as well as giraffes, and rare and unusual species like the black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra or the smallest antelope in the world, the Damara dikdik.
Etosha holds one of the largest, and perhaps the most stable, population of black rhino in the world.
Massive colonies of sociable weavers are found where bigger trees occur – see them up close at Okaukuejo rest camp
Sprookjeswoud, west of Okuakuejo, is a strange place where fantom trees (African Moringa) form a weird looking woodland
Etosha is a proper game reserve, but due to the lack of rivers, there are no buffalo, crocodiles or hippos found in this park. Primates are also strangely missing (other than the humans)
The waterhole at Okaukuejo is famous for it’s night time wildlife in the dry season, including frequent visits by black rhino, elephants and lions.
Flooded pans draw in huge numbers of water birds, including Greater and lesser flamingos and Eastern White Pelicans
One of the highest densities of giraffe anywhere are found in the area.
Etosha’s pans are white from lime and salt – and influence the whole region, giving Etosha a white look, unique to any of Africa’s other great game reserves. Etosha means something like ‘White place’
Summer (October – April)
Min 20˚C/68˚F; Max 40˚C/104˚F
Winter (May – September)
Min 0˚C/32˚F; Max 23˚C/73˚F
Summer is great for birds and game, autumn is for evening walks on dunes. In winter the skies light up and in spring wildlife is born.