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etosha pans giraffeEtosha National Park

Etosha National Park brings animals from all across the barren, sun-baked north of Namibia to drink from its three watering holes. Daytime animal viewing at these watering holes can offer sightings of many different animals cavorting together as they while away the safe daylight hours together. As night descends, if one is lucky, leopard or cheetah can be seen drinking from these pools, or a shy unsteady giraffe may risk a quick sip before moving to safer ground for the night. The solitude and sweeping landscapes of Namibia are forgotten in the densely populated, bounteous menagerie of Etosha.

rhino etosha
Designated a game reserve since 1907, the park is 22,270 square kilometers. Etosha’s great white plain was created over 1000 million years ago and covers 25% of the park. Originally a lake fed by the Kunene River, the mineral pan is very rarely filled with water, but when it is thousands of birds come to bathe and gambol. The endangered black rhino, the endemic black faced impala and a dizzyingly copious array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians (and one fish specie) can be found.

etosha pans lion drinking
Within the park itself there are three campsites as well as a network of roads linking them to some of the watering holes. Unlike many other African game reserves, Etosha is a self-drive park and does not offer guided excursions. For the traveler looking to stay in a camp or lodge with suited accommodation or expertly guided safaris, there is a full range of possibilities sprinkled around the perimeter. Many of the private lodges offer game drives through Etosha as well as through their own private reserves nearby. Okavango Tours and Safaris can help you create a safari adventure of your own design through the great expanse of Etosha.

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