Namibia 2007 (part XIII): Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park, Namibia:

lioness in Etosha National Park

lioness in Etosha National Park

Following our short visit to the beautiful Waterberg National Park, we continued wildlife watching in the fantastic Etosha National Park.

Covering an impressive 22,270 km², the Etosha National Park is Namibia’s most important nature reserve. Since its establishment in 1907, the park protects the magnificent flora and fauna of northern Namibia – including such characteristic species as the African Elephant, Black and White Rhinoceros, African Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Black-backed Jackal, Spotted Hyena, Burchell’s Zebra, Springbok, Black-faced Impala, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Damara Dik-dik, Greater Kudu, and Common Eland. Luckily, we were able to see most of these mammals as well as a good number of birds. Highlights included lions at a zebra kill, mating lions, drinking giraffes, and large numbers of elephants and rhinos coming to the illuminated waterholes at the rest camps at night. I wish I had a better camera and lens back then – but I think the gallery will still give you a good idea of the abundance of wildlife…

After six fantastic days in the Etosha National Park, we left the wildlife paradise and drove back towards Windhoek with a short stop at the Hoba Meteorite near Grootfontein.

10 responses to “Namibia 2007 (part XIII): Etosha National Park

  1. Fantastic array of African wildlife in Etosha NP, Matthias. Great spotted hyena photos, love seeing the red hartebeest up close, fighting zebra, lions, giraffe, elephant, so many species in one park! Rhinos! Great to see the male kudu and gemsboks. Enjoyed the birds too. Have never seen the crimson-breasted shrike; great seeing the hoopoe dust bathing. Delightful post, thank you.

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  3. I see you enjoyed my last blog on Etosha and it’s nice to see your photos. Looking at your photos, I realise that rhinos are probably regulars at the waterholes. When you only watch for a couple of nights, you have no sense of what happens on other nights. Long may this wonderful animal continue to pose and hopefully stay protected. Cheers.

    • Hello Karen! Thank you for your comment!! During my days in Etosha, we saw rhinos indeed almost every night at the water holes!! It was a wonderful experience… hope to be able to go back there some day soon!!

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