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Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
61 reviews
37 helpful votes
“Do not miss!”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

If you're thinking of a trip to Namibia - Etosha HAS to be on your list of activities. But I would even say if you're thinking about a trip to Africa more broadly - include Etosha in your itinerary. I don't think you'll be disappointed. There is something very special about driving around in a National Park of this size, on your own in a hire car, seeing such amazing wildlife. Can something beat coming across some lions sleeping under a tree - and you're the only people there?! Or sitting at the Okaukuejo waterhole in the evening and seeing the rhino's one after another come in for a drink. The landscape is beautiful, and changing and the wildlife diverse. On our most recent trip we saw an amaxing number of giraffe, 2 separate lion sightings - and most special, a rhino at a waterhole in the afternoon (again we were the only people there to see him). Etosha is a lot of fun and the perfect self-drive safari destination, Enjoy.

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lancashire
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
35 helpful votes
“Etosha Nat Park, Namibia”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

We've made many trips to Africa over the years and, depending upon the time of year you visit, Etosha is one of the best for wildlife. The three campsites have become less attractive over the years. They are now becoming shabby and are badly in need of an overhaul, especially the ablution blocks. If you stay here be careful not to leave anything edible ANYWHERE. Honey badgers scavenge at night and there are several packs of mongoose that will destroy a tent to get at food. Having said that, they are great fun to watch and provide super photo opportunities.
Getting around Etosha is easy and the maps provided are helpful. The wildlife can be very exciting. We've been watching two prides of lion over the years and we always have some great sightings of them. Elephants are plentiful at the right time of year.

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Yokneam Moshava
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
300 helpful votes
“Amazing and huge. See the animals at their own place”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

Even before you cross the gates of the huge Etosh national park, chances are you'll start seeing Giraffs, Zebras and other animals. It's simply their area and zone. They've got practically 'endless' areas to roam in, but due the enormous size of the salt pans, that put limits also to the animals, you will see them again and again. Check the season to adjust your expectations. During the rainy season, the elephants turn to get away from the salt pans, that become like a muddy trap for them.
We were able to see almost all the major animals except for a rhinocerus and a single elephant to save the day. But all kinds of game, zebras, a lionees, giraffas, ostrices and many other big birds were all over the place. The many different routes and the tremendous size of the place allow touring it while not being crowded at all.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
60 helpful votes
“Binoculars and long lens required”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

We spent two days driving around, between waterholes, sometimes going for a long time without seeing anything. But patience pays off.... close-ups of lions, rhino, jackels, loads of birds, to name just a few. Excellent viewing, even as the rainy season started.
Just remember to turn your engine off at waterholes and when viewing by the side of the road and don't talk loudly at waterholes with your windows down. We came across both those and even someone who peeped the horn accidentally..... and scared off the lions we knew were there - but they hadn't spotted them yet. Be considerate please, and be patient.

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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
33 helpful votes
“Wildlife everywhere!”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

We spent three nights in Etosha at two different camps. We did morning and even game drives and saw plenty of wildlife. Highlights included a bull elephant facing off against an old lion at one of the watering holes, two hours at one waterhole watching elephant families, a young bull elephant walk right in front of our truck barely a metre away and stair right in the front window - bottom line many up close encounters to remember.
Each camp had a waterhole adjacent so you could watch animals come and go without having to go out. They are floodlit at night, which is the best time to watch for some rarer sightings such as rhino. There is a difference in the age of each camp, with Okaukuejo being the newest. We stayed in one of the chalets about 20 metres from the waterhole. We spent two nights at Halali - older but probably a more relaxed atmosphere and perhaps suits families better. The rangers are very strict about returning to the camps on time and heavy fines apply if you are late- watch out because a lot of people end up rushing back so there are many vehicles travelling at speed just at sunset. It could be dangerous.
3 days meant we got to see a lot of wildlife- the lack of rain meant animals were attracted to the waterholes which made game viewing easier.
It was really worthwhile for the game viewing.
A hint would be to stop your vehicle from time to time out int the open and see what wildlife you would otherwise miss if you were driving fast to the next waterhole. By stopping we managed to see more birds and yellow mongoose which we would have missed otherwise.
Well worth the visit.

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