EtoshaEtosha National Park
, located in northwestern Namibia
, is one of Southern Africa’s most well-known, and well-loved wildlife sanctuaries. An easily accessible park, offering up incredible game viewing opportunities, it is a popular safari destination for local and international travellers alike.
The name ‘etosha’ directly translates to ‘place of dry water’ and more specifically refers to the Etosha Pan, which covers approximately a quarter of the park’s total area - which is 22 750km². The salt pan is the Etosha National Park’s most noticeable and remarkable geological feature, providing a stark white backdrop to the area’s semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan is most often dry, but every now and then, it fills with water during the summer, attracting thousands of flamingos and pelicans.
The Etosha National Park is home to a vast amount of wildlife, including several endangered and threatened species. The many waterholes in the area draw white and black rhino, elephant, lion, and antelope such as kudu, eland, and gemsbok. From June to November – the drier months in the park – these water holes are a hub for game viewing, with many predators and antelope congregating to quench their thirst. Other animals in the park include leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, Mountain Zebra, plains zebra and wildebeest.
Given the magnetic pull of the water holes, the best game viewing is generally during the cooler months, between May and October. However, for bird-lovers, the rainy season is most popular, between November and March. This is also the season when most animals give birth – which is understandably an incredible phenomenon to watch.
Apart from the pans and the generous wildlife, the Fairy Tale Forest is another impressive attraction within the Etosha National Park. 32km west of Okaukuejo, the trunks of the Sprokiesboom trees in this enchanting forest are remarkably knobbly, with their upside down appearance, which are similar to that of a Baobab Tree. The eerie facade of these trees, which are only known to grow en masse in this area, has led them to earn the name fairy-tale tree. Interestingly, the San believe that they were thrown from heaven in anger, landing upside down here on earth.
There are various accommodation options available when visiting Etosha National Park, including camp sites, luxury lodges and self-catering units. The following accommodation venues represent some of the very best that Etosha
has to offer. We have carefully chosen each one and included them on our website because of their high standards and commitment to service excellence.