Etosha National Park, Namibia – A Photo Tour

Etosha National Park, Namibia Photo Tour

Etosha National Park, located in Northern Namibia, is one of Africa’s most unique National Parks. It’s main characteristics – apart form boasting 4 out of the big 5 – is that at its center is a salt pan large enough to be seen from space! Believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago it is 130km long and 50km wide. That’s pretty big and it looks bigger than that in real life! When the Europeans discovered the area in around 1851, they were accompanied by the Ovambo Traders. Etosha can be loosely translated as “Great White Place” in the Ovambo language – and it is their traditional name for the land that stands to this day.

Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Etosha National Park, Namibia – A Photo Tour

Etosha is home to thousands of animals across hundreds of species. With 4 of the Big 5 including Elephants, Leopards, Lions and both White and the endangered Black Rhino, you’ll be spoilt for choice for wild game. With multiple waterholes located throughout the park, you’re almost guaranteed sightings of at least a couple of the 5.. and if not there are plenty of giraffes, zebra, ostrich, hyena, and every type of antelope under the sun to go around!

So jump in the safari truck and buckle up folks! Keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle – and if when we spot the animals but super quiet… we don’t want to disturb them or scare them away!

related: Want to know how I got to Namibia? – read all about my Ultimate Budget Overland Safari Route Here!

Etosha National Park, Namibia – A Photo Tour

Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

The landscape is just incredible.. emptiness as far as the eye can see..

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

…Until you get to a waterhole that is! We were lucky enough to catch this tower of giraffes grabbing a drink…

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

It’s no mean feat to get water down that long neck. New research suggests that there is a ‘plunger pump’ at work. Want to know more about how this works? Click here!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

The ostrich is the largest flightless bird in Africa and they can run up to 43 miles per hour – that’s 70km! In South Africa Ostrich’s are bred for their feathers and skin – but here in Etosha, they can roam wild and free.

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

This is a black rhino. One of the most endangered animals on the planet. Despite both white and black rhino’s being the same colour, you can tell them apart by the shape of their mouths. Black Rhinos have a small rounded mouth, whilst white rhinos have a quite prominent square jaw.

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Zebras are one of my favorite animals, but did you know that no two Zebra are exactly the same? The striped pattern is different on every zebra and acts as camouflage from predators. This is because those big cats (lions/leopards) cannot tell where one zebra ends and another starts when they run as a herd. Pretty cool huh?!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Oh, and speaking of lions… this lonely male was seen out on the prowl. Unlucky for him (and us!) he was no where near any potential food source when we spotted him!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Oh my. Those eyelashes! Gorgeous!

Related: Want to know what camera I used to take these shots? Read My review of the Panasonic Lumix Fz70. Spoiler Alter – I Love it!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

The Oryx are one of the biggest species of antelope and can weigh up to 170kg!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

You may be thinking, hey – she said there were no buffalo in Etosha – and there are not, if you are counting them as the Big 5. These are in fact Water Buffalo, and they originated in Asia. I’m not entirely sue on how they ended up in Namibia.. but they did.

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Blink and you’ll miss this spotted hyena – how well camouflaged is he?!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

How many zebra can you see? I think we stopped counting at 100!!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Did you know that Ostrich’s mate for life?! Aww! The male has the striking black and white coloring which is said the attract the females, who are a light brown in color.

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

Don’t Springbok’s (part of the antelope family) have the prettiest faces?!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

These gorgeous creatures are known as the lesser Kudu – also part of the antelope family – and are enjoying a little drink at the waterhole.

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

All the animals together on the pan – check out how tiny the springbok look beside the giraffe!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

These two are Jackals. Closely related to the wolf family, they are carnivorous scavengers who are filled with disease.. Not as cute now, hey?! These are the critters can be found stripping the carcuses of dead animals that have been left by other predators. I have footage, but it’s a bit graphic. They areΒ  also small enough to get into the campsites at night and will steal your flip flops if you left them outside your tent..

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

If you only have one day/night in Etosha – make sure you stay at the Okokaukuejo rest camp. It boasts a large waterhole that is illuminated throughout the night and surrounded by benches (behind a wall and wire) so that you can sit and watch the animals come an go all night.

One of my absolute highlights of my time in Africa was this night when 30+ elephants rocked up to the waterhole and stayed for over an hour. This night I was on the cooking team and nobody got dinner until very very late..

Want to know more about the Cooking Team? Read My post on What to Expect On An Overland African Safari

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

… and when I thought it couldn’t get better – say hello Mr White Rhino!! Look how small he is compared to the baby elephant in the background! Just incredible!

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Etosha National Park Namibia Photo Tour

And make sure you don’t miss sunset. They red hue as the sun goes down is beyond beautiful!

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my photo tour of Etosha National Park in Namibia – and I hope you get to see all of this and more if you ever get to Africa!

And if this post has got you curious as to what the rest of Namibia looks like – take a look at these beautiful Photographs of Namibia and if you’re curious about other attractions in Namibia – read this Namibia Travel Guide.

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44 thoughts on “Etosha National Park, Namibia – A Photo Tour

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Punita – If you’re in SA I can highly recommend Kruger – I know it’s the most well know, but that is for a reason. We had one of our best safari days in Kruger and would recommend it to everyone!

  1. Skye says:

    Wow what ain incredible part of the world. Those animals are amazing. I love the close shot of the giraffe’s face. What a lovely photo story. You really took us there.

  2. Vyjay says:

    Such lovely photos bring alive the vibrant wildlife. It is always such a pleasure to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Your pictures take me really close to these beauties.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Mr & Mrs W – I could sit and watch the giraffes drinking all day – it’s such an incredible sight. And the jackals play like puppies!

  3. Indrani says:

    The pictures delighted me like a child! πŸ™‚
    I was really excited with the sights of these animals roaming free in the wild. What an experience for you!

  4. Nancy says:

    I am totally enamored with your photos! This would be a dream trip for me as I love every kind of animal you can view there. And I do have to say I still think Jackal are adorable! πŸ™‚ I can tell those giraffes were posing just for you!

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you Nancy – I spent hour going through about 600 photos to decide which one’s to include! The Jackals are pretty cute – and they play like puppies too. Pretty adorable really!

  5. mark wyld says:

    Some amazing pictures there, they really make your story come alive. As someone who will probably never get to Africa stories such as yours may be as close as i get. I would love to see a giraffe in the world they are such majestic creatures

  6. Megan Jerrard says:

    Thankyou so much for this photo tour – I am ridiculously jealous!! Namibia has been on my list for the longest time, and I hope to get there one day. Etosha National Park would be a dream – funny how people instantly think of Kenya or Tanzania for an African Safari when you can have just as amazing an experience, if not better, in lesser known countries with lesser crowds!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Meg! Namibia really is an amazing country and it’s great that it’s starting to get more recognition from tourists/travelers. And yep – it’s certainly quieter than its neighboring countries!

  7. Viki says:

    Safaris are such a great thing! I only went on two in Kenya and Tanzania and absolutely loved it! Hopefully I’ll make it to Namibia soon. I’ve only heard great things about it!

  8. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    What an absolutely incredible experience! Your photos of the animals are brilliant too. I also love zebras! But I had no idea about how the lions can’t figure out where one starts and ends…very clever! Giraffes are my other favourite wild animal because of their eyelashes, they’re insane! Awesome post. Very envious.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Juliette – and yeah, we learned so many little nuggets of animals related info whist we were there. It was awesome!

  9. Monika says:

    Safari is an amazing experience! I did one last year in Tanzania and loved it!
    So far I have associated Namibia with beautiful pictures of sand dunes, but now I can see there much more there πŸ™‚

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Monika – Tanzania is next on my list! And yeah, the dunes do tend to get a lot of publicity but there is so much more to Namibia – it’s such a country of contrasts!

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