From Walvis Bay we drove to the Etosha National Park and spent two days exploring the various water holes. We found that two days were enough as there are only so many zebras, giraffes and elephants one can admire.
Etosha National Park is a national park in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia located 435km north of Windhoek. Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa.
At the time, the park’s original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected.
The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The highly saline conditions of the pan limit the species that can permanently inhabit the pan itself. A long fence has been erected along the park’s 850 km boundary to control the spreading of disease.
The animals concentrate around the new waterholes , resulting in excessive grazing in their vicinity. Fifty waterholes have been constructed to attract animals and so improve the viewing prospect for visitors.
We stayed at the Etosha Safari Camp just outside of the camp and drove every morning to the park through the Andersson gate near the Okaukuejo rest camp and returned at the sun down when the park closed their gates.
We got a map when we entered the park and drove from water hole to water hole. We found it the best arrangement; being on our own we did not have to stick to schedules and had a great time.