Thursday, 27 March 2014

Etosha’s Wildlife

                                       Etosha’s Wildlife

It is hardly a secret that Etosha’s best game viewing is at the many waterholes scattered throughout the park. Especially during the dry winters most species rely on these permanent water sources. The larger waterholes see large treks of zebra and springbok mingle with Oryx and bathing elephants. Some of the camps even offer floodlit waterholes, where you can spot rhino, elephant and lion drinking from the same waterhole.
Etosha National Park is home to four of the Big 5. Elephants and lions are common in the park, while the elusive leopard hides in the densely vegetated areas. However, one of the best reasons to visit Etosha is its healthy population of black rhinoceros. This archaic beast is endangered and the waterholes are probably among the best places in the world to see this precious animal.
Other rare and endangered species include the black-faced impala, which can be seen around Dolomite Camp and the fleet footed cheetah. The plains are covered by large herds of springbok and zebra. The backdrop of the vast Etosha Pan makes game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.
The large mammals in Etosha National Park include lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Among the smaller species you will find jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog, honey badger and ground squirrel. The park is home to 114 species of mammals.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The below Map is for the the route to Etosha National Park.

The below Map it shows the routes to different places inside the Etosha National Park.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Western part is Open

The western part of the park used to be exclusively for tour operators with special permits. It is now open to visitors who book a night at Dolomite camp (named after the waterhole at the foot of the Koppie Dolomietpunt). The camp is located on a ‘koppie’ in the western part of the reserve. The area and vegetation is very different to the south- eastern and eastern part of the park. One can find the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra

In this area and with a more undulating landscape, it makes for a very different wildlife experience. White dust and clay which makes up the Etosha Pan turns to a reddish brown soil during this time which may lead you to believe you have entered an entirely new park when you visit.

The route from Okaukuejo to Dolomite is a roughly 175km’s with 15 waterholes evenly spaced out on route. These waterholes have been open for several years now and have recently been revamped, ensuring that the wildlife becomes more prolific in these areas. You can also access Dolomite from the Galton Gate which is located in the western border of park. You will need to have a reservation at Dolomite to visit this area or get access through the Galton Gate.