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Etosha

Namibia Oshana Region,Oshikoto Region National Park

About Etosha

The Etosha is a National Park in Namibia in the provinces of Oshana Region,Oshikoto Region. The park was established on 22.03.1907 and covers an area of 22.935 km². The Etosha offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

The unique Etosha Park is situated in the northern part of Namibia and is an important protected area in the country. The park lies northwest of the Kalahari Basin and is about 400 km from the capital Windhoek and 125 km from the border with Angola. The Atlantic coast is almost 200 kilometres away, starting from the west of the park. Etosha is Namibia's most popular park for wildlife viewing and is famous for the huge Etosha Salt Pan. During the dry season, large herds of animals visit the waterholes around the pan. At night, the waterholes glow and offer a rare opportunity for nocturnal animal sightings.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Very high
  • 114Mammals
  • 340Bird species
  • 110Reptile
  • 1Fish specie
  • 16Amphibians
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Official Name

Etosha

Provinces

Oshana Region,Oshikoto Region

Area

22.935 km2

Foundation

1907-03-22

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Grassy plains ,Woodland savannah,Sandveld

Big Five-reserves

No

Self-drive-reserve

No

Entrance gates

4

Highlights

The unique Etosha Park is situated in the northern part of Namibia and is an important protected area in the country. The park lies northwest of the Kalahari Basin and is about 400 km from the capital Windhoek and 125 km from the border with Angola. The Atlantic coast is almost 200 kilometres away, starting from the west of the park. Etosha is Namibia's most popular park for wildlife viewing and is famous for the huge Etosha Salt Pan. During the dry season, large herds of animals visit the waterholes around the pan. At night, the waterholes glow and offer a rare opportunity for nocturnal animal sightings.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Etosha is the Grassy plains .

Diverse landscapes and vegetation, with wide open grasslands and the huge Etosha Pan - a large silvery-white salt pan that receives a thin layer of salt water after heavy rains, make this park a wildlife paradise. The water gets so deep that the pan serves as a breeding ground for flamingos large and small. It is the artificial waterholes and natural springs amidst the grass plains and mopane forests that attract the most wildlife.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Galton East
Andersson South
Von Lindequist East
King Nahale North East
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Very high
  • 114Mammals
  • 340Bird species
  • 110Reptile
  • 1Fish specie
  • 16Amphibians
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The best travel time for Etosha
The best travel time

Overview
Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
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Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Best tavel time

July (Beginning) - September (End)


Dry time

May (Beginning) - October (End)

Climate

mild-hot


Tavel time

November (Beginning) - April (End)

Climate

mild-fairly hot


High season

July (Beginning) - November (End)


Low season

July (Beginning) - November (End)


Risk of Malaria

October - April

The rainy season takes place from Beginning November to End April The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning May to End October inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning July End September.

Etosha is hot and relatively dry. As in most semi-desert climates, there are large temperature fluctuations between day and night.
The semi-desert landscape of Etosha is almost rain-free during the dry season. Temperatures can drop to as low as 7°C in the early morning, and the weather only gets hot in September and October. Etosha's rainy season is also hot, with night-time temperatures around 17°C. Rain usually falls in the form of heavy thunderstorms.

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Overview
Top animal species

The Etosha is home to 114 mammals such as Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Cheetah as well as 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 1 fish species and 16 amphibian species. The Etosha provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing.

Big Five

Lion

Big Five

Elephant

Big Five

Leopard

Big Five

Cape Buffalo

Cheetah

Giraffe

Zebra

Spotted hyena

Wildebeest

Serval

Caracal

Black rhinocerus

Mongoos

Brown hyena

Aadvark

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