To the Ovambo people, Etosha is known as The Great White Place, a land dominated by Africa’s largest salt pan. For much of the year, the chalky surface coats visitors in a cloud of white dust but when rainy season arrives, the lake temporarily returns, forming a vast glassy lagoon that attracts a swarm of migratory birds, including straw-legged, shrimp-hued flamingo flocks that come to gorge on algae. Safari seekers are drawn to Etosha for its spring-fed waterholes that draw a kaleidoscope of African wildlife, the most coveted being the park’s population of endangered black rhinos.
In Etosha’s dry season, herds of striped zebra and dainty impalas mingle around the waterholes with towering giraffes and bathing elephants, while banana-beaked hornbills circle overhead and predators hunt. You can spend hours watching the drama unfold from your 4×4. Many lodges are set on former farmland surrounding the national park that have been converted into conservation-driven nature reserves. Two of the best, Ongava and Onguma, have teeming waterholes where you can continue the wildlife-watching bonanza over sundowners.
To experience the wonders of Namibia’s oldest conservation area, let our Africa specialists arrange a luxury stay in Etosha, complete with guided safaris.
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