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Etosha safari


... is a really unusual experience compared with safari in most of Africa, one which is usually done by self-drive and with the animals easy to find and in plain view at the various waterholes throughout the dry season.

Etosha National Park is a very significant and well known wildlife reserve located in the northcentral region of Namibia.

It is a huge expanse of sweeping grassland and stark white evaporation pans, where large numbers of animals are sustained by a network of natural springs and waterholes. It is the only place in the country where you are likely to see the volume and range of wildlife that would normally be associated with a conventional safari.

The photography around these waterholes during the Jun/Nov dry season can be truly extraordinary, rarely can you expect to capture such a range and diversity of large mammals in a single image. Additionally, around the fringes of the reserve there are some relatively high quality private safari areas.

But safari in Etosha is less than pure, this is not a wilderness experience by any stretch of the imagination. The park suffers terribly from very high vehicle traffic, a massively over-developed road network and extremely poor park management.

There is definitely a risk of disappointment. However, if you arrive with lowered expectations, consider this to be one of the lesser stops and plan your visit with care, then you may well end up being pleasantly surprised.

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