Etosha is a game-rich, arid savannah that is wrapped around an enormous salt pan, which floods now and then. The gravel roads are in good condition and easily navigable in sedan cars, making it the perfect location for a self-drive Namibia tour. Expect excellent sightings of lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas, and also expect to get very close to elephant, giraffe, zebra, rhino, springbok, black-faced impala, gemsbok and other species,while you relax at the waterholes waiting for the animals to come to drink during the dry winter season from May to October. Etosha has approximately 340 bird species, including the kori bustard – the world’s heaviest flying bird.
There is basic self-catering and camping accommodation inside the park, with very popular night-time floodlit waterholes, but we recommend staying in one of the private lodges based just outside the park –where you can go on night drives and bush walks, which are not permitted inside the park.
Etosha is an easy drive on tar roads from Windhoek, but many choose to fly directly to the park when deciding to travel in Namibia.
Additional information (this will open a new browser window):
Travel diary: Etosha Through My Eyes
Photo Gallery: Celebrating Etosha
Travel diary: Exploring Etosha
Photo Gallery: The Great White Place