Etosha, "the white earth", is home to 114 species of mammals and over 340 species of birds. Declared an animal reserve in 1907, the park then covered 93,240 km². Dramatically reduced by the South African government as part of the "homeland" policy (Odendaal plan), this park is still one of the largest animal reserves in the world, stretching 350 km from east to west, over an area of 22,912 km².

In its centre, the famous pan (dried-up salt lake) to which the park owes its name was formed by the drying up of a vast inland sea, the evaporation of which is believed to date back 2 to 10 million years. Today, this 4,731 km² section forms a vast depression of whitish clay (because of the limestone), a land of mirages, which only fills with water during the rainy season and then offers a grandiose spectacle with the arrival of thousands of pink flamingos and crowned cranes.

Protected inside his vehicle, the spectator can circulate freely on the numerous marked trails and contemplate in complete peace and quiet the day life of this wild world. Outside the park, private reserves and ranches also offer a similar wealth of fauna but with sometimes fewer constraints.

Etosha remains one of Africa's most famous parks and has the merit of being affordable for all budgets. Its visit is a must for any stay in Namibia! It is essential to book well in advance for the southern winter months (July to September).

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