Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

If you’re lucky enough to be on a plane bound for Namibia from a northern direction, you will be met with the most exquisite view: the Etosha salt pan. This forms the centre of the country’s largest and most famous national park by the same name. Home to the Big Four (there are no buffalo), open grasslands, bush and the famous waterholes, which can attract hundreds of animals at a single moment – especially in dry season.

Elephant bulls drink next to a large herd of Thomson’s gazelle at a waterhole, surrounded by zebras, giraffes and huge flocks of quelea birds, creating a fairy-like, surreal atmosphere. The same goes for the humongous salt pan, which in contrast is hardly ever visited by animals. This is Etosha National Park.

You will see the occasional oryx antelope crossing the seemingly endless pan, which in the midday heat appears to be filled with water – but beware, it’s just a mirage. The rest of the national park is characterized by open grasslands and bush. The west and southeast – entering the park through the Namutoni and Okaukuejo gates – are the most popular areas to stay and to venture out for game drives. It is not unlikely that you will see big cats like lion and cheetah or even the rare black rhino.

Definitely a highlight on your African safari, Etosha National Park is a must on your AMADI itinerary. Namibia is easy to combine with its neighbours South Africa or Botswana on a self-drive adventure. Discover the most diverse landscapes on one trip!


Ideal self-drive adventure

Drive through one of Africa’s most iconic game reserves

Famous for incredible congregations of game around waterholes (dry season)

Unique landscape surrounding the gigantic Etosha salt pan

Home to the rare black rhino



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