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Etosha National park


A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of travelling Namibia. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 sqkms. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopani bush land in the west and dry forest in the northeast. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. It is a 120 km long dry lake bed. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. An ideal home for game viewing, and one of the best places to visit and go for a game drive.

The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have water-holes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game.

Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometres in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals. Other wildlife which can be spotted include: wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Among the smaller species you will find jackal fox, warthog, and ground squirrel.

The Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure. Well-maintained gravel roads (untarred) lead to the waterholes, where game viewing is at its best. In the three rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni, hotels, chalets and camping sites are available as well as restaurants, stores and swimming pools.

The main entrance to the park is called the "Andersson Gate" at Okaukuejo in the south, where the park administration is also situated. The "Von Lindequist Gate" lies in the east near Namutoni. A new gate, the "Nehale lya Mpingana Gate" (name after King Nehale lya Mpingana) was opened at the beginning of 2003 in the north-east.

One of the elements that make the Etosha National park tours so memorable is that the camps sites within the park are built on the edge of water holes, so you can spend peaceful evenings with good company as the sun goes down watching the animals come down to the waterhole to drink.

Tour operators can take you on several game drives using various vehicles that would provide the best possible game viewing experiences. Optional night drives can also be arranged with expert guides that poses wealth of local knowledge.

The Etosha Pan is a wonderful and unique place with game viewing that you will not see anywhere else in the world. The facilities are world class and would make your trip to Etosha comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. The natural beauty and spectacular wildlife will provide countless photographic moments.

The park also spa, whereby you can get massages, beauty treatments, holistic treatments and hot stone therapies. Halali Camp has the biggest swimming pool in the park and is located close to the most common waterholes making it the ideal place to stay if you want to see wildlife without driving through the park.

Considering the size of the park, many visitors on an Etosha safari choose to spend a couple of days in each area to enhance their game viewing experience and explore Namibia's wildlife.

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