Namibia’s Premier Conservancy for Endemic African Wildlife
Etosha National Park is undoubtedly one of the top safari destinations in Namibia. The Park is largely flat with vast grasslands surrounding its famous Etosha Pan, an extensive salt pan of 5,000km², officially the largest salt pan in Africa and the breeding ground of over one million flamingos in the rainy season. As a premier African safari destination, this 22 900 square kilometre wilderness area is home to almost 115 mammal species including four of the Big Five (no buffalo) and some unusual endemics like the endangered black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the world’s tiniest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. It is also home to one of the largest, and most stable populations of black rhino in the world.
Namibia’s Finest Game Viewing Destination
Etosha National Park is one of Namibia’s top safari destinations for game viewing. As a premier African safari destination, an Etosha Park safari offers you the opportunity to see up to 115 mammal species including four of the Big Five (no buffalo) and some unusual endemics like the endangered black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the world’s tiniest antelope, the Damara dik-dik. It is also home to one of the largest, and most stable populations of black rhino in the world. The Park’s open plains and large number of accessible waterholes provide the most ideal game viewing opportunities while on safari. Birdlife is also wonderful, particularly during the summer months. 340 bird species can be observed, from flamingos to raptures, owls, hornbills, Rüppel’s parrots, eagles, vultures and many more.
An Easily Accessible Year-Round Luxury Safari Destination
Etosha National Park is easily accessible as it is situated an easy 6-hour drive north of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Guests can choose to stay inside or outside the Park in any of the luxury safari accommodation. During both the summer and winter months the Park is a major draw card as an African safari destination. The wetter, greener summer months (November – April) make game viewing in the long summer grass trickier, but this is the ideal season for bird lovers to visit Etosha. The summer rains bring forth a layer of algae across the Etosha Pan’s surface which entices flocks of flamingos and countless other birdlife. During the dry season, Etosha’s perennial water sources become crowded with competing wildlife, making this the best time for game viewing. You may even see lion, elephant and rhino drinking side by side at the water’s edge. The Etosha pan is completely dry at this time of the year and takes on a striking moon-like appearance, making for spectacular panoramic views.
A Flamingo Bird Photography Hotspot
The Makgadikgadi salt pans are considered one of the most important breeding sites in southern Africa for both the lesser and greater flamingo. These iconic and peculiar birds migrate to the Makgadikgadi to breed on unusual mud nests, as it provides an essential wetland feeding site. From the ground (and air) this annual spectacle turns the pans into a sea of pink, and while here you can also see a range of other migratory water birds such as pelicans, ducks, and geese. Therefore this area is considered a ‘jewel in the desert’ for bird photographers, and we can assist you in planning your ideal luxury Botswana photographic safari to the pans.
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