A safari in Etosha National Park is an absolute must for any visit to Namibia. This vast silvery salt pan is Namibia’s best wildlife viewing area and is easily the size of a small a country. Etosha’s seemingly endless expanses are stuffed with game, and the excellent road network makes it possible to explore easily under your own steam. Spend a morning at a waterhole and you’re likely to see an endless procession of zebra, antelope and impala coming to water. They’ll all shuffle out of the way as a family of ellies come to drink and wallow, and the giraffe look nervously around for predators before they bend to drink.
Many people chose to stay at the National Park rest camps, which though fairly basic are incredibly well located, and have floodlit waterholes for fantastic late-night wildlife viewing. Around the edges of the national park are also a number of excellent private conservancies and luxury lodges, where guests are guided by a professional safari guide.
Our pick of where to stay in Etosha National Park: