See wildlife drawn to perennial springs in the Etosha pan
One of the oldest conservation sites in Africa, Etosha sustains a huge variety of mammals and birdlife including the endangered black rhino and rare gemsbok. Dominated by the extensive Etosha salt pan, predators and plains game here are attracted to the waterholes, creating particularly prolific wildlife viewing during the dry season (June to November).
Best time to visit Etosha
Between September and May is a great time to visit the Etosha National Park as temperatures are lower than their height of summer and the animals are seeking water. However, between October and April the Etosha Pan fills with birds and flocks of flamingos so is ideal for birders, but please bear in mind it can get very hot.
Etosha holiday highlights
Located in the north of Namibia, Etosha National Park encompasses the mighty Etosha saltpan which makes up roughly a quarter of the area.
One of the oldest conservation sites in Africa, Etosha used to be the largest in the world. Nowadays it is much smaller, and dominated by the Etosha Pan. The pan itself is a vast white depression ringed with perennial springs that draw wildlife to this entrancing landscape. When it rains enough to start to fill the pan, the layer of blue-green algae that grows on it draws flocks of flamingos – a mass of pink birds against the white backdrop.
The park is also home to most of the Big Five, and instead of the missing buffalo you can see the endemic black-faced impala as well as cheetah and endangered black rhino. Its floodlit waterholes are especially good for game viewing during the drier months as wildlife is attracted to the water.