- Etosha National Park
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.