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Etosha National Park (East)

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Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5,000km² in north-western Namibia. The ‘pan’ provides a silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos during the wet season.

There are many game-viewing opportunities including four of the Big Five (there are no buffalo in Etosha) as well as numerous other species. In the eastern part of Etosha, there is the possibility to upgrade from your normal tour vehicle to an open 4x4 vehicle, which offers a more classic safari experience as you can get closer to the animals, with excellent photography opportunities.