Etosha National Park
Africa’s largest salt pan forms the centrepiece of Namibia’s largest protected wildlife reserve - Etosha National Park. A chain of natural springs have become the catalyst for the daily species interaction which has thrilled and fascinated visitors since 1907. The park covers a vast area which has been protected since German colonial rule and is now one of the most productive gameviewing parks in Africa. Once a lake the size of Holland, it now shimmers with a glaring bright white from crystallized salt across its entire surface. The park is justifiably famed for the wealth of wildlife that congregate at its dozens of waterholes, offering ample reward for those who are patient. Plains game such as zebra, kudu, oryx, wildebeest, giraffe, springbok, impala and eland abound in great numbers on the grasslands while large herds of elephants are common. Lions dominate the predator food chain and make good use of the waterholes as hunting grounds whilst smaller predators like the black-backed jackal trot around oblivious to humans. The demand for fresh drinking water means that there is little hierarchy at the waterholes and the diversity of species drinking at the same time can be staggering. This is the place to watch Namibia’s greatest daily wildlife dramas unfold.