ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Etosha is unique for its many waterholes

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park in Namibia is one of the largest game parks in Africa, at some 22,270 sq kilometres in area surrounding a central salt pan. The local Ovambo people named Etosha – as ‘huge white area’ or ‘place of dry water’. In the dry season the Pan is an inhospitable place where salt crystals reflect the sun to form mirages.

All our group tours visit Etosha National Park. It’s one of the best parks in Africa to visit on a self drive safari. 

The governmental lodges and campsites are within the park and offer great waterholes where you can sit and enjoy hours in the evening. The privately owned lodges close to the entrances are much better in service and worth the short drive towards the entrance.

Etosha South

Located just south of the boundary of Etosha National Park in northwestern Namibia, Etosha South makes up the southern region of this wild paradise. Ogava Private Game Reserve shares the southern boundary with Etosha National Park and offers an array of luxury lodges overlooking picturesque landscapes dotted with abundant wildlife. The national park can be accessed via the southern entrance at Andersson’s Gate. Visitors can catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife including: lion, giraffe, elephant, white and black rhino, and a multitude of plains game. Popular activities include: game drives, tracking rhinos on foot, guided nature walks, or watch the sunset over this magnificent landscape.

Etosha East

In the vast arid space of Northern Namibia lies one of Southern Africa’s best loved wildlife sanctuaries. The Etosha National Park offers excellent game viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon, while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

Etosha Pan

Aeons ago, Etosha Pan was the bed of a vast lake; today what remains is a glittering, silvery-green salt pan that stretches across roughly 5000 square kilometres. Etosha is protected by the Etosha Pan National Park surrounded by savannah plains and woodlands supporting large herds of elephants. When dry, the pan sustains little life except for the algae that gives it its distinctive colour, and migratory birds that use it as a pit stop, but with heavy rain it becomes a shallow lake where flamingos breed, pelicans wade and feed, and a variety of mammal species come to quench their thirst, including leopards, lions, white rhinos, hunting dogs and antelopes.

Best time to travel to Etosha National Park

The best time to visit Etosha is between May and September, the dry season when many animals gather around the waterholes. July and August are very crowded. In the wet season, from November till April, you might not see many animals.

Wildlife

Etosha is home to 4 of the big five, the only one missing here is buffalo. There are lots of elephant, big herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok, jackal and gemsbok. There are no hippos, crocodiles or monkeys on this park.

Special interests? Talk to us and we can include these in your itinerary.

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN NAMIBIA

National parks & highlights

Explore Namibia

Namibia has many highlights, ranging from wildlife in Etosha National Park, the third largest canyon in the world and the highest sand dunes!

Why travel with African Travels to Namibia?

  • Financial protection

  • We are from the area

  • Office in Europe and Africa

  • Locally involved

  • Unique tailor made itineraries

  • We have lived what we sell

Explore Africa your way

Travel Styles

Honeymoon & Romance

Luxury Travel

Family Holidays

Accommodated Group Tours

Camping Group Tours

Self Drives

Popular Namibia Tours

WHERE TO STAY?

African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only runned by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful locations, they will contribute to the your ultimate safari experience. From tented safari camps to luxury boutique hotels. We will make sure they tick all the boxes!

  • All accommodations are carefully selected by us
  • Value for money
  • Local community support
  • The location compliments the African experience

Namushasha River Lodge – Namibia

/ / /
Namushasha River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando River, opposite the West Caprivi Game Park, in Namibia's Caprivi region.

Klein Aus Vista Desert Horse Camp Site – Namibia

/ /
Desert Horse Campsite at Klein-Aus Vista is a absolutely magical campsite. It will call you back again like an echo!

Naankuse Lodge – Namibia

/ / / /
Naankuse Lodge offers stunning accommodation and various animal activities. You are sure to enjoy an unforgettable African experience!

OUR CLIENTS FEEDBACK

  • This trip went far beyond our expectations leaving us with indelible memories of people, places and experiences!

    Susan G.
    Private safari
  • This was a great trip and what perfectly arranged! From Johannesburg to the Kruger Park and back again. Everything but everything arranged down to the last detail with freedom of choice. An unforgettable experience!

    Maarten V.
    Small Group Safari
  • We have never had such a great and personal travel agent! African Travels is an excellent organization that arranges everything the way you want.

    Annemieke van E.
    Self drive
  • Our experiences with African Travels are 100% positive. Everything was arranged perfectly. If we will make such a trip again, then it will be with African Travels! Thanks Will and Marijnke.

    Julia W.
    Self drive Botswana
  • African Travels arranged our trip to South-Africa in a really personal way. They booked a wonderfull guesthouse in Cape Town and we had a perfect tour (Wine tour and Garden Route)! If you ever need a agency helping you out by booking your trip to SA, contact them!

    Heleen
    Tailor made South Africa
  • Excellent Service, Great Tour and always available! I strongly recommend this agency for your SA trip!

    Michael
    South Africa

Self drive through Botswana and Namibia

/Explore
The ultimate way to enjoy the vast desert landscape and wildlife destinations

Start planning your dream holiday to Africa!

We will get back to you within 24 hours.