April 14th, 2010
The huge saline desert of the Etosha National Park is one of the most unique landscapes and surrounded by many waterholes it attracts some of the most rare and curious creatures.
Etosha is also a great place to spot wildlife and in dry season it's a beautiful sight to see the animals come to the waterholes to drink. From giraffe's, zebra's and impala's to lions, rhino's, elephants and other animals, they all come together.
The waterholes are surrounded by greenlands where you'll be able to spot the animals while they rest in the shade or hunt after their preys.
You can either decide to do a game-drive which is usually organized by the lodge you're staying at or choose to sign up for a more adventurous walking safari.
Of course the goal of every visitor to a wildpark like Ethosa NP is to track down the Big 5 but this time I have a new favourite; the gemsbok.
This large antilope has such great elegance with its long spear like horns and striking black and white markings on the face and legs. The gemsbok can also be seen in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.
The Ethosa National Park is pretty touristic and you'll find a lot of overpriced campsites where besides the nature you won't find a lot of the Nabibian culture.
Make sure you book your accomodation ahead if you won't to avoid the loud touristgroups. We stayed at the Etosha Safari Lodge & Camp which was perfect, it had a pool and a nice lodge restaurant.
We did a private game-drive in an open jeep which was really nice. The excursion started around 7 am and we even got some blankets to keep us warm on the back seat, very thoughtful!
The guide was great, friendly and really got us enthusiastic about the park. We spotted some antilopes, zebra's and all the animals of the Big 5 except for the leopard.
The next morning after having discussed the idea with several rangers we decided to repete the game drive on our own. The rangers had told us about spots where chances were high to spot the leopard so we took off well prepared!
We entered the park and actually scanned every little inch of the Ethosa National Park and then, when we least expected it, a leopard crossed the street, right in front of us!
We had a great day driving through the park and after a long day of wildlife spotting we headed back to the lodge with a great sense of accomplishment and a lot of stunning pictures.
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