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Namibian Safaris in the Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is one of Africa's major wildlife sanctuaries and Namibia's premier wildlife destination making a visit here a definite must while on safari in Namibia.
The area was designated as a national park in 1907 and covers an area of some 22,000 square kilometres in the north of Namibia. It is a dry land of different habitats; the famous ancient saltpan is bordered by plains and thorn savannah whilst Mopane bush land is to the west of the park with dry forested regions in the north east. The park enjoys good infrastructure with well maintained gravel roads providing access to the various waterholes where large numbers of prey and predators are concentrated to deliver game viewing is at its best.
The Etosha Pan lies at the centre of the park, and is today an immense saltpan but as far back as 12 million years ago this was a shallow lake fed by the Kunene River. Due to ancient environmental shifts causing the Kuene River to change its course the waters receded and eventually, over two million years ago, the lake became a vast saltpan some 130km in length and 50km at the widest point. After a spell of very good rains the pan is able to hold enough water, even if for only a few days each year, to stimulate the growth of blue-green algae and this alone attracts flocks of flamingos numbering in their thousands. Across the flat expanse of shimmering white salt pan the flamingos create a contrastingly, vibrant splash of colour and it is undoubtedly a spectacular sight to behold - a delight for birdwatchers.
The few remaining waterholes are situated in the southern reaches of the park whose promise of water attracts large densities of wildlife creating excellent game viewing opportunities.
Etosha National Park is known for some rare and endangered specimens of wildlife such as the black faced impala, black rhino and some of the tallest elephant in Africa which have been measured at shoulder height at 4 metres. The park is actually one of the few remaining sanctuaries in the wild for the endangered black rhino. On game drives in the park you will see a wide range of wildlife that includes giraffe, lion, leopard and various antelope species together with other smaller animals such as jackal, warthog and baboon as well as over 400 recorded species of birds. The nimble springbok numbers around 20,000 animals and can often be seen in herds of several hundred strong.
The Ongava Game Reserve, is a privately owned reserve, which shares the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and within the reserve the discerning traveller can enjoy superb luxury safari accommodation in small and intimate camps and lodges.
Having such a close proximity to Etosha National Park the Ongava Game Reserve is acknowledged as an ideal base from which to explore the exceptional wildlife of the nearby park. Guests staying in Ongava Game Reserve enjoy game drives and day trips into the Okaukeujo area of Etosha National Park to have a relaxed and exciting game viewing safari experience.