THE FLAT, SHIMMERING WHITE ETOSHA Salt Pan covers a quarter of Etosha National Park’s 20,000 sq km area. After the rains come, flamingos and other birds flock in, as animals disperse around the park. When the waters retreat, the wildlife of Etosha is drawn to it limited water holes.
Prey, predator and scavenger can be seen in nervous stand-offs, respecting the heirarchial pecking order for drinks. Impala, lion. Elephant, rhino. Jackal, kudu. Strength against numbers. Size against speed.
Attached to three of these waterholes are A-grade camping and lodge facilities: buffet lunch, swimming pool, shops.
Easy viewing on the flat terrain and quality roads make Etosha suitable to self-drive safari-ing, even for beginners.