The word “Etosha” means ‘Great White Place’ and aptly describes the vast white plains of the ancient salt pans situated in the Kalahari Basin of southern Africa. The floor of this expansive basin is thought to be 1 billion years old and is made up of dry, dusty clay and salt. Water comes rarely and for a short period of time.
As such an ancient remnant of Africa, this area has always been home to a variety of impressive animal- and plant life. Some of the fauna that have made their home here include zebra, rhino (black and white), cheetah, leopard, caracal, elephant, kudu, wildebeest and giraffe, amongst many, many others.
In addition, the prolific birdlife presents species numbering almost 400. Eagles, vultures and even the endangered blue crane soar above Etosha, gracing visitors with their majestic beauty and power.
The Etosha National Park in Namibia provides travellers with the prime opportunity to experience the salt pans. This park has been established for over 100 years and covers over 22 000 square kilometres. Any visitor to Namibia is encouraged to pay this park and the magnificent pans that make up about a quarter of its land a visit. In fact, most tour packages include the Etosha National Park in recognition of its significance and awe-inspiring beauty.
Tourists will delight in the stunning perennial springs that border the pan, which lure a variety of stunning animals, including an impressive array of birds. Travellers are advised to visit the salt pans during the period between May and September, when it is cooler. Stunning watering holes are lit during the evenings and early mornings so that the unique mix of animals that drink and cool down during these times are clearly visible to discreet onlookers.
The tourist facilities at the National Park are excellent and include three camps, a restaurant, a shop, a swimming pool, and many more comfortable conveniences. Recently, a luxury lodge has also been opened right inside the park for visitors seeking an even more elegant safari experience.
This particular National Park does not offer guided game drives or tours. Visitors have the freedom to conduct their own safari, perhaps with the help of a private guide. The area is, in itself, so complex and perfect, though, that it promises a fulfilling and memorable tour regardless of how you undertake your trip.
For more information, please view: http://www.etoshanationalpark.co.za/