Etosha National Park

DESCRIPTION

Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. It was declared a National Park in 1907 and covers an area of 22,270 square km. The Park is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Meaning "Great White Place", Etosha is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is now a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and, even then, only holds water for a short time.

This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time being from May to September - the cooler months in Namibia. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lion. More fortunate visitors will also see leopard and cheetah.

ACCOMMODATION

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Andersson's Camp

Set against the backdrop of the low Ondundozonanandana Mountains, Andersson's Camp is surrounded by scrub-covered plains and white calcrete soils. This former farmstead has been tastefully rebu...

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Epacha Game Lodge

Epacha Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the 21,000 hectare Epacha Game Reserve. There are 18 individually decorated en suite chalets and each has its own private balcony, complete with a breath...

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Little Ongava

Little Ongava is one Namibia's most luxurious and exclusive safari destinations. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole, the camp has panoramic views of the surrounding African savanna...

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Mushara Bush Camp

Mushara Bush Camp is situated 10 kms from the Von Lindequist gate of Etosha National Park. The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guests and 8 children in custom-made tent like structures...

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Mushara Lodge

Mushara Lodge is located just 8kms from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of Etosha National Park. The lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, a triple room and two...

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Mushara Outpost

The Mushara Outpost is another addition to the Mushara Collection of accommodation, situated 10 kms from the Von Lindequist gate of Etosha National Park. The Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests...

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Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge is cleverly constructed on a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve against the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. From up here guests can enjoy a host of wildlife congregating...

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Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp is one of Namibia's best kept secrets. Located in the Ongava Game Reserve to the south of the Etosha National Park, it overlooks a nearby waterhole to which a plethora of...

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Onguma Bush Camp

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The reserve boasts over 30 different animal species consisting of plains...

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Onguma Tented Camp

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife. The reserve boasts over 30 different animal species consisting of plains...

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Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort is one of a kind in Namibia. It is built in exactly the right spot to give guests possibly one of the best sunset views in all of Namibia - overlooking the Etosha Pans...

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Villa Mushara

Villa Mushara is located just 8kms from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern outskirts of Etosha National Park. With seclusion in mind, only two exclusive villas have been designed to create an ...

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Onguma Treetop Camp

Situated on the eastern side of Etosha, Onguma Game Reserve has more than 20,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1: Etosha National Park

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court

Day 2 - 3: Etosha National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.

Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Day 4 - 5: Etosha National Park

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular

Day 6 - 8: Etosha National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Remarkably this area is seemingly inhabitable, however is home to superbly adapted wildlife that has evolved over time to survive in this arid environment. Herds of nomadic elephant are found traversing the dried seasonal riverbeds in search of water and vegetation. These small oases also provide sustenance to a wide range of superbly adapted species including springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and a variety of other species, as well as lion and cheetah. This is also home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino as well as several endemic Namibian species of bird. Nomadic Himba tribesmen still live their traditional nomadic lifestyle and Africa's largest collection of prehistoric rock engravings and San rock art can be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.

Day 9 - 11: Etosha National Park

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Etosha National Park is Namibia's premiere game viewing experience, situated in the northwest of Namibia and is an area well known for its wildlife. Vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a diversity of wildlife. In the heart of the Park is The Etosha Pan - a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000sq kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after good rains to a depth which is seldom deeper than 1m. In the dry season wildlife is attracted to perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing.
Within the park are three large public rest camps catering for the more budget orientated traveller. There are several smaller establishments on the outskirts of the park on private land offering a more intimate and comprehensive experience. All of these establishments offer excellent value for money.

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