Etosha National Park

The Ovambo call it Etosha, meaning Great White Place, and the shimmering salt pan of Etosha National Park – so large it can be seen from space – play’s centre stage in this unique game park, one of Africa’s premier game-viewing destinations.

Once part of a large inland lake fed by rivers from the north and east, Etosha pan dried up 120 million years ago as continental drift changed the tilt of the land and redirected the course of the tributaries.

Good summer rains still fill the salt pan with pools of water and pink clouds fill the air as tens of thousands of migrating flamingos come to breed. The grasslands and trees around the edges of the pan turn from pale gold to green and the whole park is transformed.

But it is in the dry winter months that the true spectacle of Etosha is born. As the pools and puddles dry up, the pan becomes an austere expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and upward-spiralling dust devils. Everything is covered in a fine white film, giving the land its characteristic ghostly appearance.

Now Etosha’s abundant array of game starts returning in great numbers to the numerous waterholes and springs that lie along the southern edge of the pan. These are the jewels of Etosha National Park, providing unequalled game-viewing opportunities.

Highlights In Etosha National Park

  • Enjoy a rich and unforgettable Africa game viewing safari in Etosha National Park, taking in the Big 5, as well as smaller mammals like the diminutive Damara dik-dik, jackal, bat-eared fox, honey badger, warthog and the ubiquitous ground squirrel
  • Join a unique African photo safari – a must for keen photographers
  • Track Rhino on foot while you learn more about Namibia’s conservation efforts