Private Tour of Etosha National Park for Exhilarating, Energetic Safaris
Etosha National Park, Namibia on a private tour and you can enjoy exhilarating and energetic safari tours. The large salt pan that makes this national park unique in Africa is so vast it can be seen from space.
The shimmering green and white open expanse that is the Etosha Pan is approximately 130 km in length and 50 km wide in some areas. Not surprising, it is Africa’s largest salt pan. What was once a lake is now this salt pan due to the change in the world's climate.
Rainwater pools approximately 10 cm deep form during the wet season in the pan and this draws migrating flamingos. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s only known mass breeding ground for Flamingos with over a million of them at times.
The Etosha Pan was discovered by Europeans Charles Andersson and Francis Galton in 1851 when they visited the wild region with Ovambo traders. “Great White Place” is the loose English translation of Etosha in the Ovambo language.
Safari Tours of the Numerous Waterholes to See Rewarding Wildlife Gatherings
When you take safari tours in Etosha National Park of the many waterholes, you really are rewarded with the amazing sights of the incredible wildlife that gather. The animals that can be seen include elephants, black rhinos, wildebeest, lion and Zebra to name just a few.
There are unique floodlit waterholes for nighttime safari tours, natural springs and fountains are another type and then there are the man-made waterholes.
Etosha National Park is also a fantastic place for bird watchers with over 340 bird species. The majority of which are found where there are extensive woodlands.
Don’t be surprised to see reptiles and amphibians on your travels as there are around 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species. You will be lucky to see the one species of fish!
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Travel Tips for Etosha National Park
The best time to visit Etosha National Park is during winter months of May to October which is the Dry Season in Namibia. During these months is when there is the highest concentration of animals around the waterholes and the best time to do waterhole safari tours. If you are interested in birdwatching then the summer months of the rainy season, November to April, is the best time but be prepared for the heat.
It is advisable to book an all inclusive safari tour when visiting Etosha National Park. This way you get the best value for money as your accommodation, meals and safari tours are all included in the one price. The prices will vary depending on the accommodation you choose and the number of safari tours. As an example of prices a three day safari holiday, staying in a lodge starts from US$460 per person.
When researching Etosha National Park as a destination, make sure you find out when is the best time to see what you want to see, for instance, birdwatchers should go in the summer while game animal lovers should go in the winter. When you are there, make sure you listen to the instructions given by the Rangers before going on any of the safari tours. Have plenty of water during the hot months and bring lots of bug spray.
The winter months of the dry season are May through to October. The temperatures range from 28 degrees Celsius in May, 26 degrees Celsius in July to 35 degrees Celsius in October. The summer months of the rainy season are November to April and temperatures average 33 degrees Celsius. February has the highest quantity of rainfall while July and August have literally none. The hottest months is October and the coolest is July.