Etosha National Park is one of the oldest and finest wildlife reserves in Southern Africa, it is located in the Kunene region and shares boundaries with Oshikoto, Oshana, and Otavi in the Otjozondjupa region.
It was formerly declared as a park in 1907. It is home to over 100 species of mammals, 340 bird species, over 100 reptile species and 16 amphibian species. The park covers an area of over 22,270 square kilometers, the name Etosha was gotten from the Etosha salt pan, which most of it situated in the Park.
Etosha, which means great white place in Ovambo tribe has unique landscape with each season. During the rains, the pan is filled with water albeit being 10cm deep and in the dry season, the expanse is bone dry with white powder.
Drive through Etosha National Park and enjoy sightings of rare animals such as the desert lions, desert elephants, black rhinos and the Hartmanns Lion Zebra.
Leopard and cheetah’s are a bit difficult to see in the park. Elephants and Rhinos are often seen at the waterhole of Okaukuejo in the Park.
The park is also a great birding site, as it is home to over 300 species of birds. Make sure to take photos of these animals.
The park is open all year round with interesting animal activity and game viewing opportunities in the various seasons. July to September are the winter months with favourable, cool weather where animals conglomerate around the waterholes. During the warm, rainy months, flamingos migrate here and the various animals reproduce.
There are four gates to Etosha National Park: