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ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK


These vast plains, faded to an almost white colour due to a high mineral sediment, is the reason the Etosha received its name. The name originated from the Oshindonga word meaning “the great white place”. This Park was proclaimed in 1907 and is thus the oldest in Namibia. During the winter months the Etosha National Park is fairly mosquito free. Despite this, it is better to go well prepared with repellent.

Recent upgrades to the roads in and around the Etosha National Park started to take shape in 2019 as better roads will attract more visitors and benefit a score of travellers. It is envisaged to upgrade at least 80 -100km of gravel. This work will take place during the night when there is less chance of disturbing tourists and game.

The best time to visit the Etosha National Park is during the winter months of May to October. This is the period when the European countries have their summer holidays and there is an influx of overseas visitors. An abundance of animals can be sighted at waterholes as water levels are generally low and this concentrates the game into smaller areas. Summer is the rainy season and in the months of November to April the bush is green and full in leaf. The birding is wonderful in this time, but the game tends to spread out to take advantage of the available vegetation. Etosha National Park, like many other regions in Namibia, boasts with many months of animal viewing, making it almost a year-round destination.

A large variety of game can be seen at Etosha. You are likely to encounter elephants, black and white rhino’s, lion, leopard, cheetah, large herds of springbok, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and a multitude of smaller species interacting in their natural environment. Please remember to book with Temba Travel well in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

Other Accommodation and Destinations

Most visitors to the Etosha National Park will land in the Capital city namely Windhoek. You can hire a vehicle from Temba Car Hire at the airport before you continue your journey to Etosha. It might be a good idea to spend your first and last night in Windhoek. You can select accommodation at Windhoek Accommodation. No visit to Namibia is complete without a visit to the coastal town Swakopmund with its German style accommodation.

If you travel by car from South Africa to Etosha you will need to overnight in the south of Namibia. Grunau Lodge in Grunau offers self-catering accommodation just next to the main road and Mariental River Chalets offers slightly more upmarket self-catering accommodation in Mariental less than a 1000 km from the Etosha National Park.

People enroute from South Africa to Etosha National Park have a variety of accommodation to choose from. In Bloemfontein, Bains Game Lodge might be the answer. For those traveling from Gauteng, Upington will most likely be the place to overnight and here the Upington Country Lodge offers perfect self-catering accommodation. Those from the Eastern Cape can overnight at Hanover Inn about two days drive from Etosha.

If you plan a tour or safari of Botswana you must seriously consider Temba Safaris Botswana to help you arrange it. They have lots of experience and are renown for their excellent service. Make sure that they include Planet Baobab near Gweta on the Makgadigadi pans in your itinerary.

If you plan a visit to Zimbabwe after your stay at the Etosha National Park in Namibia you will most likely wants to include the famous Inn on the Rupurara near Nyanga and Granite Ridge near the famous Matobo National Park.

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