Etosha National Park is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Africa. The name Etosha means ‘great white space’ in reference to the large dried-up salt pan which is the largest in the World and can be seen from space. It is the remains of an ancient inland sea which has dried up over millennia. Today, the nearly 5000km square pan is surrounded by savannah plains which are home to an abundance of wildlife.
During the dry season, a few floodlit perennial waterholes at the camps provide water to the animals in this arid region. Wildlife congregates here in great numbers providing fantastic photographic opportunities from the hides and viewing platforms. The contrast of the stark salt pan environs often makes for wonderful photographs. The park is home to large herds of plains game like Zebra, Wildebeest, Springbok and the rare Black-faced Impala and Tsessebe. Etosha is also home to one of the largest remaining populations of Black Rhino in the World.
During the wet season from November to April, the rains fill the shallow pan, which creates an algae bloom which shrimp hibernating come out of the ground to feed on. The shrimp attract thousands of Greater and Lesser flamingos, Pelicans and a wide variety of waterfowl to the pan.
Access: How to get to Etosha National Park
Etosha lies to the north of Namibia in the Kunene region 435 km / 270 mi north of the capital of Windhoek. Most visitors fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek and then start a trip in Namibia as Etosha is 6 hours drive on paved roads from Windhoek. The closest domestic airport is Ondangwa Airport which only receives flights from Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
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