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Etosha National Park is Namibia's most popular place for wildlife game viewing. The park has 4 of the big 5 African safari animals, as well as favourites like giraffes, zebras, hyenas, and more than 300 species of birds.

The most iconic feature of Etosha National Park is the Etosha Salt Pan, which is so big, that it can be seen from outer space. The Etosha salt pan covers 23% of the park's area.

The salt pan for which the park is named was formed about 16,000 years ago when the Kunene River changed its course and stopped flowing into Etosha.

animals in Etosha national Park

In Etosha National Park, you will see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, black rhinoceros, springbok, hyenas, cheetahs as well as so many birds including flamingos, pelicans, Ostriches, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.


On a safari in Etosha National Park, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Visiting Etosha Salt Pan
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Camping

Animals In Etosha National Park

Here are some of the animals that visitors get to see in Namibia's Etosha National Park.

  • Elephant 
  • Leopard 
  • Lion 
  • Damara Dikdik
  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • Giraffe 
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Rhino
  • Hyena
  • Springbok
  • Bat-eared Fox
  • Cheetah
  • Eland
  • Jackal
  • Meerkat
  • Warthog
  • Kudu
  • Impala
  • Steenbok

When To Visit

The best time to visit Etosha - especially for wildlife viewing is in the dry season months of May through October. The dry season is ideal because the animals collect at watering holes for water, and large herds can be easily seen.

It is possible to visit Etosha National Park at any time of the year. Even in the wet season, the animals, landscape and vast wilderness is a sight to behold.

Getting There

Etosha National Park is located about 430 kilometres from Windhoek - Namibia's Capital city. The park can easily be accessed by road, and even a small 2WD sedan can reach it without problems.

There is an option for chartered flights into Etosha, and some of the lodges have landing strips, making it easy for you to reach any part of the national park. 

Where To Stay

As one of the most visited wildlife parks in Namibia, Etosha has many accommodation options to suit your budget and style. Whether you want the luxury experience or to camp under the stars, you have many choices to choose from.

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