Travel Planner & Routes into Namibia

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Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place' is made of a large mineral pan. The area exhibits a characteristic white and greenish surface, which spreads over 4,800 km2. The pan developed through tectonic plate activity over about ten million years.

Etosha was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. At the time, the park's original 100,000 km² (38,500 mile²) made it the largest game reserve in the world. Due to political changes since its original establishment, the park is now slightly less than a quarter of its original area, but still remains a very large and significant area in which wildlife is protected.

The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Perennial springs attract a variety of animals and birds throughout the year, including the endangered Black Rhinoceros and the endemic Black-faced Impala.

This area boasts a number of exclusive and upmarket lodges around the famous national park.

Zone 14: Dinosaur Footprints

  • Tracks of two-legged, three-toed dinosaur estimated to be 150 – 185 million years old

Zone 15: Otjiwarongo

  • Cheetah capital of the world
  • Largest concentration of cheetahs in the world

Zone 16: Outjo

  • Cave Country
  • Mooikloof and Gamkarab Caves
  • Ugab Terrace

Zone 17: Otavi Mountains

    Ghaub Caves
  • Khorab memorial and peace Treaty
  • Golden Maize Triangle of Namibia

Zone 18: Waterberg

  • Buffalo and indigenous plants
  • Rare game species
  • Plateau 200 metres above surrounding landscape

Zone 19: Grootfontein

  • 50 ton Hoba Meteorite
  • 100 - 300 million years old

Zone 20: Etosha East and Tsumeb

  • Otjikoto Lake (rich in history)
  • Close to eastern gate of Etosha
  • Exclusive lodges

Zone 21: Etosha

  • One of the finest, biggest parks in Africa
  • Moringa fairy forest
  • More than 700 black rhino
  • 4 species of nightjar
  • 30 springs and waterholes for excellent game viewing

Zone 22: Etosha South

  • Giant eagle owl
  • White rhino
  • Very close to southern gate of Etosha

Zone 23: Etosha West

  • Olive bee eater
  • Afri-Leo Foundation
  • Owahimba tribes

Zone 24: Owamboland

  • Uukwaluudhi Traditional Homestead
  • Owambo Kingdom

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