November 7

A Guide to Etosha National Park


November 7, 2023

Etosha National Park in northern Namibia takes your safari experience to a whole new level. This isn't your standard adventure – it's a deep dive into a wildlife hotspot where every encounter is unique. As your seasoned safari veterans, we're here to give you our insights so you can extract the full essence of Etosha's vibrant wilderness during your visit. Expect the unexpected in Etosha!

Woman on a game drive in Etosha National Park

Enjoy full or half-day excursions to Etosha National Park, Image Credit: Tom Hazel

What is Special About Etosha National Park?

You may wonder what is special about Etosha National Park. Well, the answer lies in the majestic Etosha Pan, a vast saline desert beckoning with its unique allure. As one of the largest national parks globally, home to over 114 mammal and 340 bird species, it's one of southern Africa's most beloved safari destinations.

Etosha Pan

The Etosha Pan used to be an ancient inland sea that, over past millennia, has dried up, Image Credit: Gondwana Collection

This mesmerising landscape not only presents an unparalleled canvas of natural beauty but is also home to a wealth of wildlife, including the elephant, lion, leopard, and the rare black rhino.

Lions drinking from a waterhole

Etosha National Park is known as Namibia's foremost wildlife sanctuary, Image Credit: Onguma

Which Month is Best to Visit Etosha National Park?

The optimal time to visit Etosha National Park is during the dry season, which typically extends from May to October.

More specifically, we recommend planning your trip sometime between June and August, as this is the best time for wildlife sightings. During these months, water sources become scarce, leading animals to congregate around the remaining waterholes, making it easier for you to observe nature unfold and capture those picture-perfect moments!

Baby elephant playing in the shallow water

Water sources attract all sorts of game, making them ideal spots for photographic opportunities, Image Credit: Ute von Ludwiger

Etosha National Park Wildlife

Etosha National Park beckons with a remarkable variety of wildlife. Prepare to be captivated by the grandeur of giraffes and the sheer speed of cheetahs. In addition to four of the Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard and rhino), your visit to Etosha promises encounters with the rare black-faced impala, Damara dik-dik, and an assortment of antelope.

Game drive with zebra sighting

Mountain and plains zebras also grace the Etosha's landscapes with their presence, Image Credit: Etosha Safari Camp

For those with a fascination for the smaller wonders of nature, be on the lookout for the jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog, and honey badger. Plus, adding to the layers of life, hyenas represent an essential part of Etosha's predator population. Etosha offers a comprehensive wildlife experience for every nature enthusiast.


See numerous creatures, big and small, in Etosha National Park, Image Credit: Onguma

Activities and Experiences

Although an excellent destination for self-drivers, private game drives are on the menu amongst other safari surprises. Moreover, the private lodges outside the Etosha National Park offer a tantalising array of tailored activities.

Fancy a night under the stars? Some properties offer exclusive sleep-out decks – and even custom-built Land Cruisers with roof-top tents – for an evening in the wild under a canopy of twinkling lights.

Enjoy a wild evening sleeping amidst nature

Spend a romantic and adventurous night in the wilderness, Image Credit: Onguma

Guided bush walks bring you closer to the smaller wonders of the wilderness. Each lodge crafts experiences that offer not just a stay but a deep connection with the wild, making your journey truly personal and memorable.

Walking safari in Etosha National Park

Interpretive bush walks will bring you closer to nature, Image Credit: Onguma

Etosha National Park Lodges

Your stay at Etosha National Park will be nothing short of spectacular, with a range of lodges to choose from. Whether you prefer to stay in the lap of luxury with private waterholes or a comfortable camp close to nature, there's something that caters to your taste and style.

Suite at Etosha Oberland Lodge

Private lodges are superbly suited for safari excursions into Etosha, Image Credit: Etosha Oberland Lodge

When picking the perfect lodge, we recommend selecting one positioned on a private concession adjacent to Etosha National Park. These properties not only feature more creature comforts but also provide bespoke and exclusive safari experiences. 

And the best part? You can still embark on day trips into Etosha while enjoying the added benefits of bush walks and evening game drives within the lodge's exclusive concession.

Our Favourite Places to Stay in Etosha 

Here are some accommodation options to get your safari dreams going. However, our Travel Experts will help hand-pick the best one suited to your individual needs and wants.

Private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole

From rustic charm to classic elegance, there are a range of accommodations to choose from, Image Credit: Onguma

Let Your Etosha Adventure Begin!

Are you a seasoned safari enthusiast or taking your inaugural plunge into the wild? It doesn't matter! Etosha has something magnetic for everyone. 

See the beauty and experience the adventures that lie in wait in Namibia's rugged terrain. Ready for the exploration of a lifetime? Etosha is calling. Reach out to our Travel Experts and answer.

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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