After leaving beautiful Botswana behind we crossed the border and headed into Namibia which surprisingly to me became my favourite country in Africa. One of the first places I visited in Namibia was the incredible Etosha National Park. Here are a few reasons why I loved it.
Etosha National Park has the second biggest salt flat after Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni which we will be visiting later on this year. Te 120km salt pan is within the national park so makes a great stop off during game drives in Etosha. Although the landscape suggests that nothing could live here, there is in fact a huge amount of wild life.
There is one part of the salt flat which you can get out and explore where animals are not grazing.
Having never heard of Etosha National Park before I was definitely not expecting the game driving to be anywhere near as good as the Masai Mara, Serengeti or Ngorongoro National Parks. Oh how wrong I was!
The game drives in Etosha were excellent and the absolute highlight was FINALLY seeing rhinos after searching for them on all of our previous game drives. The more south in Africa we went the more rhinos we saw.
On our game drives we also spotted a few prides of lions over the two days. Mainly doing what they do best which is basking in the sunshine or shading under a tree with their mates. See if you can spot them in the first photo.
As well as rhinos and lions the usual suspects were about. Giraffes, wilderbeasts and zebras were usually hanging out near the many watering holes in Etosha. I don’t blame them, whilst we were there temperatures were soaring!
Flood lit watering holes
The best thing about Etosha National Park was without a doubt the floor lit watering holes that were within the camp grounds. Both of the camp sites we stayed at had man made watering holes which at night time were lit up which meant late into the evening you could sit on a grand stand and watch the animals come to you.
As I didn’t take my tripod with me it was pretty much impossible to take photos of the animals which was also really nice because it meant I was totally absorbed in the moment.
I saw elephants, giraffes, six rhinos and two lions over the course of two evenings. It is such an awesome idea and just an alternative way to see animals in their natural habitat. It was ridiculous just how close you get as the fence is pretty small.
Not only was Etosha a great place for game viewing it was also a beautiful place to admire from the truck whilst searching for the animals.
Namibia fast became my favourite country and Etosha National Park was just one of the many reasons why. I loved the safari and other elements to the two days we spent there.
Have you visited Etosha National Park before? What did you love about it?
Read about my other African adventures here
Check out my video from Namibia here