Etosha National Park Namibia
The great white place that is Etosha National Park.
The white place referred to here is the vast white salt pan which covers a huge area in Etosha.
At 2, 2 million hectares Etosha is fairly large. Not only is it big, it also provides a
home to thousands of animals and birds.
The whole area is pretty much in a pristine state, meaning that although there are
managers in the form of wardens and rangers, the area has not been interfered
with very much over the years.
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Etosha is seen as the “holy grail” of National parks within Namibia. It is the park that is most frequently
visited by local people as well as tourists from overseas. To accommodate all of these visitors, three rest camps
are located within the boundaries of the Park. Okakeujo is recognised as the flagship of these facilities. Luxury
bungalows, chalets and camping sites offer varying types of accommodation. A swimming pool, shop aand also a
restaurant complete the picture. The main attraction which draws people to Okakeujo is the waterhole which is
floodlit at night. Once darkness falls, the floodlights are switched on, and the visitors are treated to a
magnificent spectacle. Game of all sorts and sizes visit the water hole throughout the night, and they provide a
live television show for visitors. As the game are accustomed to the light, they are not really bothered by it. It
is certainly a "must see" if you are staying at this camp, to sit and observe the activities at the waterhole for a
pleasant couple of hours.
The other two camps within the park are Halali and Namutoni, and, in common with many things in life, these
camps have their own kind of personality. Rustic, would describe Halali, which happens to be the smallest of the
three camps. It also offers the facilities of a swimming pool and a restaurant. The waterhole at Halali is much
smaller compared with that at Okakeujo, but you will be pleasantly surprised at some of the game that come to visit
here. Namutoni has a kind of historical feeling to it, this being partly due to the historical old fort that is
situated there. It is situated on the eastern side of the park, and is quite easily reached by very good tarmac
roads. Around Namutoni, the vegetation is quite different compared with most of the rest of Etosha, there is a good
deal more woodland and bushveldt here than elsewhere. It's very important to take note of the opening and closing
times of the gates in the park. If you arrive after sunset and the gate is closed, you may well be fined by the
warden of the area.
Namibia Wildlife Resorts have responsibilty for all three of the camps in the park. It is a semi government
company that deals with all the bookings in all of the National Parks and Game Reserves of Namibia. They are also
responsible for the other activities that can be arranged, like hiking and game drives. Two such activities are
present in Etosha National Park. The one activity is a game drive in an open vehicle, and the other activity is a
full moon walk on the salt Pan itself. This of course only takes place during full moon, but is definitely
worthwhile if you happen to be there at the right time of the month. Armed rangers will escort you during the walk.
It is not a long distance that one walks, but it is truly a surreal experience.
With a large number of waterholes situated in the Park, game is spread all over. Visitors can easily reach these
waterholes, as all of them are linked with a good road work system. You do not need a 4x4 vehicle as such, as
smaller sedan cars are able to reach most of the waterholes. The waterholes can be visited any time during the day,
but good times will be just after sunrise and before sunset. Just be sure to be close to your camp if you stay out
late. Most of the waterholes are operated and maintained by staff of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. These
waterholes either have windmills, solar installations or diesel engines that ensure that the waterholes are full of
water. Each of the different waterholes has names. All the names are in some or other local language like
Afrikaans, Herero, Oshiwambo, Hei Kum and English. The names are very interesting and also very descriptive of the
different waterholes. Make time to read abut the history of the waterholes, it is time well spent. Several
fountains complete the waterhole system in Etosha National Park. These fountains are not maintained at all,
and in prolonged drought periods they will have very little or no water.
Etosha is known for its massive herds of Plains Zebra, Blue wildebeest and
Springbuck. Giraffe, Oryx, Red
Hartebeest and Eland are some of the bigger antelopes present in Etosha. Kudu, Black faced Impala, Roan and Sable
are more species present that can be viewed in the different areas of Etosha. Also to be seen are most of the
predators including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Brown and
Spotted Hyena. Smaller predators like Serval, Caracal and African Wildcat can be seen during the nigh at the
different waterholes of the camps. The Black Backed Jackal and the Bat Eared
fox makes up the last of the predators around.
Other interesting animals include Aardvark, Honey Badger, Damara Dik Dik, Duiker, Steenbuck, Black Wildebeest and
Birds are ever present and changes in shape and sizes around every corner. From the biggest bird being the Ostrich
to the smallest of the bee eaters, there is something for every person. The colour and sound is something to
Big game like Elephant and Black Rhino
are seen on a daily basis, so there is something for everybody. Etosha is truly a wonderful experience, and one of
the “must do” things when in Namibia.