257. Etosha National Park, Namibia
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This is my first time on a Game Reserve and its truly amazing. The landscape change so often, its unbelievable. From animals and birds in the wild, nothingness, to short trees, to a dry lake to a lone green tree with barren lands around it, this is Etosha. I did this one compliments of Wild Dog Safaris in Windhoek, Namibia.
Etosha National Park is located in the north of Namibia near the Angola Border. To get here you can first fly into Windhoek and then join your safari or your self-drive vehicle. It’s about a day’s drive away from Windhoek.
How To Get Here
No trains to Etosha National Park. But, there is daily rail service to Walvis Bay on the coast from Windhoek.
The nearest airport is the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), home to Air Namibia (SW).
The following airlines serve the Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH):
Air France (AF), British Airways (BA), Condor (DE), Delta Air Lines (DL), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Eurowings (EW), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Qatar Airways (QR), SW, South African Airways (SA) and TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT).
There is no bus service to the Park. There is bus service to other cities in the country as well as service to South Africa.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
This is the best way to experience the Park. I worked with Wild Dog Safaris and did a camping trip which despite my first time camping and the fact that I hate camping turned out really well.
Where To Stay
The Park has rooms for rent and also campsites. These can be don e online or via phone. As I took the trip with Wild Dog Safaris, I camped. Everything was organized by Wild Dog Safaris. If you camp on your own, you have to of course bring your own tent and other amping supplies. The Park gates closes at sunset and opens at or just before sunrise for your protection from the animals in the wild.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
If you are camping, you have to provide your own food. There is also a restaurant on site. You may also opt for food options if you rent a room which you can do from the campsite or a nearby Lodge that is just outside the Park. When you camp with Wild Dog Safaris, all your meals are covered. You can of course bring your own food if you prefer. The driver will make stops on the way to the Park and you can purchase food items, drinks and water. You are free to drink alcohol in the Camping area. Speaking of water, you can drink the water from the tap at your campsite. I did and its fine. It may taste a bit different as you’re not accustomed to it though.
What To Do
So what does one do in a Game Reserve National Park? You get into a Safari-truck and drive the Reserve. It’s important that you do not get out of your car during the entire drive. You should get a Guide so you can have a proper Safari. Yes, you can do it on your own, but you won’t know what to look for. Our Guide was pretty good, well, amazing! he’d spot lions way into the distance. At one point he also spotted a Cheetah to the enjoyment of my fellow travelers and I.
Some of the animals in the wild you will see are: Giraffes, elephants, Spring Boks, Lions, Cheetahs (if you’re lucky), mini antelopes, Oryx (national animal) and much more.
There are also birds of many kinds as well. We even saw ostriches. They look so majestic standing high above the vegetation.
I used Wild Dog Safaris and had an amazing experience and did not have to worry about a thing :).
You should definitely consider getting a digital camera that has some sort of zoom capability if you want to catch some great closeup shots of the animals. I used my Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which both worked fine, but a camera with better zoom capability will be a good purchase ore rental if you really want to get close up of the animals.
Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) pegged to the South African African rand ZAR
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