The large arid area of Etosha is one of the best game viewing park in Southern Africa. It is home to a wide range of mammals and birds, including endangered species and is quite accessible. See what animals you could spot in Etosha:
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Wildlife in Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is home to:
- 4 of the big 5
- 114 species of mammals
- 340 species of birds
- Lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants (see link to posts below)
- antelopes, oryx, kudus, jackals, gnous...
- And the small 5
One of the best wildlife scene I observed in Etosha National Park was a family of Red Hartebeest. It was so pure!
I even have a short video for you!
There are roughly 700 rhinoceros in the park (although it can vary fast) including some endangered black rhino. Black rhinos have a pointy face but the white rhino as a wide face. But both are grey in color!
There are rarely seen during daytime but can be spotted at waterholes during nighttime.
Gnous or Blue Wildebeest are not the most beautiful animals to my opinion. However they are very useful.
There is often one with herds of zebras because they are good at finding water.
We spotted only one cheetah int he park but they tend to disappear in the bush. We were lucky to spot this one quite well.
They prefer to hunt in the early morning and late evening, so it is your best chance to spot them.
We also saw smaller animals, here a jackal and a hyena
The leopard turtle: So lucky to have spotted it from the bus!!!
Before visiting Namibia, I had no idea that nests could be that big
We were all focusing on the giraffes on the other side, until our guide told us to turn around and look down!
Wateholes meeting points
I really enjoyed when at some waterholes we spotted many different animals co-existing in peace (of course there were no lions!)
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