Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan, covering approximately 25% of the park, was originally formed around 100 million years ago and is part of the greater Kalahari Basin. Originally fed by the Kunene River, the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake eventually dried. The pan is now a large depression of salt and dusty clay. In recent years the rains have been enough to fill the pan. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of birds including flamingos. The perennial springs surrounding the pan attract large herds of zebra, springbok, elephant, lion, hyena and leopard to just name a few.
Etosha National Park is approximately a five hour drive north of Windhoek and to the east of the Kaokoveld. The main entrance to the park is Andersson Gate along the C38 road situated near Okaukuejo in the southcentral section of the park. Guest can also enter the park via the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near Namutoni. King Nehale Gate is available for guests entering / leaving to the northeast and the newly opened western Galton Gate is currently only open for guests who have previously booked accommodation for Dolomite Camp.
Etosha National Park can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to Etosha National Park is August / September as the game viewing is at its best and the days aren’t blistering hot nor the nights extremely cold. During the summer months from October – April expect it to be very hot. The winter months of May-September are cooler and as a result a more popular time to visit.
Below are some of the accommodations we recommend for Etosha National Park. Click a link below for more information.