Etosha National Park
It seems futile to write many words on one of the oldest, one of the largest National Parks and Reserves of the whole African Continent. Simply, Etosha is wildlife enthusiasts’ and photographers’ major destination in Namibia and Southern Africa.
The Park is an enormous pan itself with great plains where all kinds of carnivores and herbivores roam wild and free. Birdlife is plenty including raptors.
There are several waterholes where animals and birds congregate, especially in dry season starting in May and June. The Park is more beautiful in mid-rainy season from February to May with its flourishing vegetation which attracts more birds, more antelopes, and obviously more predators.
Etosha is proud to be home to Africa’s biggest Black and White Rhino Population. Elephants are giant in size and in numbers. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see two dozens of giraffes at one waterhole. Lions are divided into smaller groups rather than forming big prides. Open plains are perfect hunting grounds for cheetahs. Leopards and other cats of smaller size tend to stay camouflaged during the day time, but there are great chances of spotting them at waterholes. Good news is that Etosha National Park offers night safaris to waterholes nearby main campsites which increase chances to see nocturnal carnivores such as Bat-Eared Foxes and Cape Foxes.
It is forbidden to drive on the main salty Etosha Pan due to high chances of getting stuck in salty mud during and after rainy season; however, it is always special to look out for migrating animals from North to South towards the hard sandy zones through the pan as they grow bigger and bigger on the horizon with shadows in mirage.