Etosha has the potential to be one of Africa's greatest national parks ... a huge expanse of arid grassland and evaporation pans, where large numbers of game are sustained by a network of natural springs and waterholes.

This is the only significant area in Namibia where the game is sufficiently concentrated for guests to be able to safari in the conventional sense. Photography around the waterholes during the dry season can be extraordinary.

The downside is that the quality of the safari experience on offer here can be very poor, largely due to high traffic volumes, an over-developed road network and poor park management.

If you arrive in the hope of some kind of quality wilderness experience then you will probably leave disappointed. But if you arrive with lowered expectations and simply consider this to be one of the lesser stops on your journey around Namibia then you may be more pleasantly surprised.

Higher quality safari experiences are offered in the concession areas outside the main reserve, both in the Etosha South and Etosha East areas.

Take a look at our guidebook section below for more details on why and when to visit.
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Shira
Rongai
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Lemosho
Machame
Umbwe
Marangu