NACJ26 Day 10 – 11: Etosha National Park

November 10, 2014 Comments Off on NACJ26 Day 10 – 11: Etosha National Park
Andrew Walton
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Etosha National Park

Making our way southeast to Etosha National Park, we are treated to incredible views of the vast landscapes as well as game viewing from our truck during our game drives. We reside in fantastic bungalows located inside of the park, where we can relax at their beautiful floodlit waterholes and watch animals visit for an evening drink during the night.

Etosha means ‘Great White Place’ and is dominated by an enormous salt pan which makes up part of the mighty Kalahari Basin. Originally a lake nourished by the Kunene River, the Etosha pan spreads across an entire quarter of the Etosha National Park. The lake was dried up more than a few thousand years ago, and is currently a dust bowl made of salty clay which, from time to time, floods to the brim with water from the scarce rainfalls. This briefly provides water to the wildlife and fuels the growth of a certain type of algae that draws in birds and flamingos by the thousands. However, massive collections of wildlife congregate all through the entire year at the perpetual springs situated on the pan’s edges. This incredible abundance of wildlife makes Etosha National Park one of South Africa’s most supreme and significant game reserves. The Park covers an area of 22,270 square kilometres and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and astonishingly, 1 species of fish.

Meals: Breakfast X2, Lunch X 2, Dinner X2
Accommodation: Two per room: Halali
Two per room: Okaukuejo: www.nwr.com.na/okaukuejo_camp.html
Facilities: En-suite per room, swimming pool, bar, shop, waterhole
Route: Kamanjab to Etosha National Park +/-290 kms
Travel Time: +/-3-4 hours
Included Tour Highlights: Afternoon game drive, full day game drive
Optional Activities: Morning or night game drive with expert Namibian game ranger

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