6Apr

Etosha Shuttle – Tour code ETL-B

Etosha Park Stay from Windhoek
Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park in open vehicle game drives

Highlights: This 4-day tour departs and ends in Windhoek on a daily basis and visits one of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas, the Etosha National Park. Choice of game drives: Morning, afternoon or a combination of both. As the vegetation is thinner than in other African parks Game is more visible

Itinerary

Day 1 / 440 kmEtosha National Park

We travel north to Namibia’s prime wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park. Upon arrival we check in, after which we spend the day at leisure. Take in the savannah environment, relax on the private veranda of your chalet or cool off in the sparkling pool.

Day 2 / 300 km Etosha National Park

The day is devoted purely to open vehicle game drives in search of the abundant wildlife found in the Etosha National Park, which surrounds a parched salt desert known as the Etosha Pan. The park is home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. The Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then Governor, von Lindequist. Despite the size of the Etosha National Park, only the southern edge of the pan is accessible to visitors. Game viewing in the park is largely focussed around the waterholes, some of which are spring fed and some supplied from a borehole, ideal places to sit and watch over 114 different game species, or for an avid birder, in excess of 340 bird species. Popular game species such as giraffe, blue wildebeest, plains and mountain zebra, hyena, lion, leopard, antelopes such as kudu, oryx, eland, as well as some of the endangered species such as Black rhino, cheetah and the black-faced impala are all found here. An extensive network of roads link the over 30 water holes allowing the visitor an opportunity to do a real game viewing safari over the stretch of the park as each different area will provide different encounters.

Day 3 / 300 km – Etosha National Park

Today you again take part in open vehicle game drives through the Etosha National Park. You may encounter animal species we have not seen the previous day and look forward to any new surprises at the different waterholes visited. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This salt pan desert, which is nearly completely enclosed by the park and is lined by numerous watering holes, is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places.

During Etosha’s notorious dry spells the pan is a deathly place, lying parched and cracked under the molten African sun. It is claimed that game viewing is best during the dry spells as animals will then congregate closer to water. But even in the rainy season the park remains an abundant wildlife haven. You then have the pleasure of experiencing the rebirth of life as the young foals, cubs and chicks are seen frolicking with their parents and the sprouting new green shrubs and grasses create a pleasing green oasis. In the afternoon we travel back to our lodge, where we enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 4 / 440 km – Dearture
After breakfast we have some time at leisure. In the early afternoon we travel back to Windhoek. Upon our arrival we are dropped off at our respective accommodation, where the tour ends.