Namibia is such a wondrous country, known for its stunning landscapes and picturesque terrain. Etosha National Park is located in southern Africa, bordering up from the western side with the Atlantic Ocean. Since the early times, the lands of Namibia were inhabited by Damara, Namaqua, and San people. Furthermore, the immigrating Bantu have populated the areas of Namibia and became a vast majority at a later date. This proves that the country has a rich culture and various traditions that are really worth to be acknowledged. Today, Namibia is an English speaking country that is known to enjoy a social, economic and political stability. Gazing at its spectacular surroundings and incredible wildlife, you may get the impression that you’re watching the Lion King in real life.
See the mesmerizing Etosha National Park
This stunning reserve has features you haven’t seen before. From salt pans and waterholes to the rarest wildlife species, Etosha National Parks promises to leave you with impressions that will definitely exceed your expectations. The name Etosha means “Great White Place” which is actually a representation of the large endorheic salt pan, an authentic feature of this region attracting geologists from throughout the world. The dry lakebed is 120 km long and is a consequence of the evaporation of a lake. The area changes during the wet season when it absorbs a thin layer of water that interacts with the salt and minerals of the ground.
When it’s dry, the ground shines white under the sun, creating such a picturesque landscape that would undoubtedly leave you speechless. What is known to be the largest salt pan in Africa and the green area surrounding it make a mix of colors and forms that are the apparent reason why Etosha is one of the most visited national parks in Africa, proud to be showing its distinctive features. However, for tourists, it is always more interesting to hear the local legends of the creation of this old salt pan, so if you’re visiting this area then knock on a few doors and ask what “really” happened to the ground. Nevertheless, one interesting fact is that the dramatic feature of Etosha National Park is so large – it is visible even from space!
Explore the wildlife at the waterholes
Having such characteristic natural conditions, it is no wonder why there is a wide variety of species living in this region. All in all, Africa is known for its diverse animals and delightful birds, so any animal lover would really have fun exploring the wildlife in Etosha. Imagine a day of exploring big mammals such as elephants, leopards, lions, black rhinoceros, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, kudus, and moose – it sounds quite fun, right? Add up some of the smaller species and the endangered ones like the fleet-footed cheetah and the black-faced impala and you’ll be amazed how time flies when you’re having fun. And no matter how much you’re eager to see some of these animals, going into the wild and searching for them has proven to be dangerous and sometimes useless. This is because you should know how to prepare and where to find these animals, acting in their natural habitat. One of the best places for this purpose are the numerous waterholes scattered around the park, created by some natural springs and fountains or by the human hand. Due to thirst, animals usually visit these waterholes, especially during dry times when the water resources are limited. Keep your distance and prepare your hungry, curious soul for some wildlife-viewing at some of the waterholes known to be frequently visited by various types of animals. Part of these is Okaukuejo, Okondeka, Halali and Goas, Sueda and Salvadora and much more, some of them located near the rest camps. Every single one of these waterholes is known to attract different species, so make sure to get informed about your favorite animal in advance. Additionally, during the wet season and the torrential rains make some space in your camera for the gracious migrating flamingos.
Accommodation for Safari lovers
Once you get tired of sightseeing and looking for animals that freely roam around the area, it is time to get somewhere safe and luckily Etosha National Park offers a variety of camps for the ultimate safari experience. The so-called luxury market that represents these camps is “guilty” of creating some fabulous resorts that provide a comfortable stay and many other activities like exciting shows, refreshing baths and relaxing chill time under the sun and trees. The camps are wonderfully decorated and completely protected from the wildlife, while still offering great views over the waterholes where the animals are gathering. Just imagine yourself laying back on the chair of your balcony, with some wine in your hand and exotic fruits on your table, staring upon the waterhole, waiting for the wild animals to appear. It seems like quite a getaway, right? Later on, while the sun is setting down, you can enjoy your time at the spa or simply gaze at the starry sky, knowing that you’ll be safe to close your eyes and wonderfully fall asleep. If you’re into such an experience, then take a look at the following camps: Dolomite Camp, Onkoshi Camp, Okaukuejo Camp, Halali Camp, Namotoni Camp and Olifantsrus Camp. Also, take a look at the private reserves and lodges – there are plenty of lovely places you can stay while visiting Etosha.
Best time to visit the park
Depending on the season, the park gets a different taste and tourists decide upon their visit according to their requirements. So, if you’re thinking of visiting Etosha National Park, have in mind that during winter time the Etosha Pan is dry, which is a time when the climate is mild – ideal for exploring the area. During this period, from May to October, it is easier to study the wildlife since it concentrates on the waterholes. However, during the summer period, which is from November to April, the raining season starts, and the area becomes a green paradise proud with its lush vegetation. Thus the wetland attracts various birds and flamingos, offering you some scenic sights of the surroundings. As for the opening and closing times, the fees and the access to the entry gates, you can find more information here.
Are you willing to discover Namibia’s most remarkable wildlife sanctuary? Pack up your camera and leave for the ultimate safari adventure that will definitely change your life!