Etosha National Park

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Why Go?

There are many busy waterholes

One of the easiest and safest safari destinations in Africa, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s best game viewing destination. Home to savannah animals and desert specialists, Etosha is where elephant, giraffe and zebra mix with springbok, black rhino and the scimitar-horned gemsbok antelope. It’s also a predator paradise: lions, leopards and hyenas are resident in healthy numbers and it’s a top destination for cheetah sightings.

Within easy reach of the capital Windhoek, Etosha is as suitable for families with children as it is for couples and honeymooners. The risk of malaria is low, the climate usually warm and dry, and, thanks to simple logistics Etosha is a can-do self-drive destination.

The relaxed nature of the wildlife means an Etosha safari offers excellent photographic opportunities, especially during dry season. Great numbers of animals are concentrated at water and there are many busy waterholes to watch from the shade. At night you’ll dine under dazzling stars, keeping an eye on a flood-lit waterhole and an ear out for the wavering contralto of the black-backed jackal.

Etosha’s accommodation lies in and close to the park; you’ll join organised game drives into Etosha or, if you are self-driving, you may want to do them yourselves. Etosha has several adjoining private reserves too. Well regarded by discerning safari travellers, these exclusive-use reserves conduct their own game drives as well as night drives and guided walks. Lodges here are more intimate and well-appointed; some are ideal for families, others for honeymooners and there are also private lodges that welcome travellers on self-drive safaris. Several lodges are exceptionally luxurious and romantic.

Etosha is best experienced as part of a larger Namibia overland or fly-in safari. You can choose between packages or tailor-make your own tour that includes Namibia’s other must-see destinations such as Sossusvlei, Damaraland, Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast. And with Victoria Falls just a short flight away, you can finish your Etosha safari at The Smoke that Thunders. Ask us for more details.

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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Go on a Game Drive

Morning & afternoon drives with expert guides deliver all the action. Adjoining private concessions guarantee exclusive sightings but nothing beats a full-day safari in Etosha itself.

2. Walk the Wild

Stay in a private concession & feel the earth under your feet during a guided walk. You’ll track big game, spot dozens of bird species & discover Etosha’s smaller details.

3. Watch at a Waterhole

Dense concentrations of thirsty animals & their predators at Etosha’s winter waterholes make for the year’s easiest & often most rewarding game viewing.

4. Go on a Night Drive

Much of Etosha’s wildlife stays underground during the day: a spot-lit night drive on a private concession reveals the wealth of animals emerging as the sun goes down.

5. Self-Drive Etosha

With flat easy roads & lots of animals to see, Etosha is an ideal self-drive destination. Hire a car in Windhoek, stay at a private lodge next to the park & do your own game drives!

6. Sit Back & Star-Gaze

Etosha’s crystal-clear night skies are as breathtaking as its wildlife. Several lodges have telescopes & knowledgeable guides to teach you about the cosmic canvas above.

7. Go Bird Watching

With some 340 recorded species (including nearly 50 different birds of prey), Etosha is a prime bird watching destination. You’ll see plenty all year but especially in summer when migrants arrive.

8. Book a Table for Two

Etosha’s private concessions are home to some of Namibia’s best honeymoon accommodation; grand villas & suites with panoramic views, exclusive-use facilities & private dining.

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