One of the finest game reserves of the African continent, Etosha National Park protects an area the size of Holland. Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place' is named after the massive pan that covers some 3100 square miles. The pan seldom contains any water as it is not river fed but dependent on rainfall. The park offers excellent game viewing throughout the year. In the dry season thousands of animals converge to drink at the waterholes beside the pan, during the rainy season it is easy to spot wildlife when the open plains bloom with life. During the day you can easily see springbok, eland, zebra, gemsbok, impala, black and white rhino, a variety of birdlife and the occasional predator; leopard, lion and cheetah are present. At night you can observe hyenas and lions at one of the park's floodlit waterholes. For most of the year, these waterholes are ideal places just to sit quietly observing and photographing game.
Bordering the national park are a number of private game reserves, most of which offer superb wildlife, good guiding, high quality accommodation and obviously the advantage of lower visitor density. The best known of these, Ongava Game Reserve, offers guided game drives and walking safaris. Experience the best of both worlds, however, with drives into the national park itself. With a safari to Etosha and surrounds you can take-in some of Africa's most unique scenery and phenomenal game viewing.
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