Dedicated entirely to the wealth of wildlife within the confines of Etosha National Park, this day revolves around exploring the remarkable landscape surrounding the parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is a sanctuary for four of the Big Five – including elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos.
Etosha National Park holds significant historical importance, as it was declared Namibia’s inaugural conservation area back in 1907 under the governance of Governor von Lindequist. However, it’s worth noting that despite its vast expanse, only the southern rim of the pan is accessible to visitors.
The heart of game viewing within the park centers around its waterholes, some naturally spring-fed and others supplied by boreholes. These watering points provide ideal locations to observe a diverse array of wildlife, with over 114 different game species present. For avid bird enthusiasts, Etosha boasts more than 340 bird species to admire.
Expect to encounter popular game species such as giraffes, blue wildebeests, plains and mountain zebras, hyenas, lions, leopards, and various antelopes, including kudu, oryx, and eland. The park is also a sanctuary for endangered species like the Black rhino, cheetah, and the black-faced impala.
To facilitate extensive game viewing, a comprehensive network of roads connects over 30 waterholes. This network offers visitors the opportunity for an extensive safari experience, with each distinct area of the park providing unique wildlife encounters.