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Etosha National Park
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3-Hour Etosha National Park Game Drive
Ranked #1 of 160 things to do in Namibia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
New Jersey USA
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“A Priceless Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you want to see animals, you gota visit Etosha National Park, Namibia. We stayed for 2 nights in the premier waterhole chalet at the Okaukeujo Camp inside of the park. It was magical to be steps away and see gazillion of animals coming around the waterhole. They were all over, just massive. We saw groups of giraffes, elephants, rhinos, hippos, orix, springboks, impalas, kudus, and more...It's amazing to see all the other animals quickly jumping out of the water when the elephants came around for a drink. It was only after the elephants are finished and off on their way that the other animals got back into the water. In the middle of the night, we heard the jackals screaming and making a lot of racket. Mom and I had booked a overland tour out to the pan, but there was more than enough animals, maybe a few hundreds coming around the waterhole. This was an amazing experience that I will always remember.

Visited August 2012
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“Get Out There and Drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

As you'll no doubt read from the other reviews, the waterholes at Etosha National Park ca be alive, vibrant, and exciting with game. It's a breathtaking place, with vistas of desert, grasslands, brush, salt pans, and herds of game so moving they might bring tears to your eyes - they certainly brought tears to mine.

Take time for the waterholes, but don't be afraid to get out and drive off the beaten path. The side roads can offer wondrous surprises, like rhinos and elephants, wildebeests and hartbeasts, right at the edge of the road. When I took the rhino drive I did not see another vehicle the entire time. It was exhilarating to know I was in a truly wild place, not knowing what I would see around the next bend.

Another tip - allow time to explore. Allow time to just sit and watch game, wherever you find them. I would not recommend spending less than two nights in Etosha.

Bring a spare camera, as well as spare batteries and memory cards. The heat can render a camera temporarily out of sorts, and you'll want to pull your spare out of the relative cool of the inside of your duffel bag, so you can keep taking pictures.

Visited October 2012
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Hillarys, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

We were not prepared for the sheer amount of wildlife we were going to see. We had no idea where we were going but within five minutes of entering the park we came across an open area with a waterhole and the whole area was covered in just about every animal you could think of, including one massive Elephant.

The highlight was witnessing a large meeting together of three herds of Elephant at one of the waterholes. To see them come together and meet and greet was absolutely amazing. There must have been about sixty Elephant in the end, all playing in the waterhole or standing around catching up and eating etc. At one stage we were surrounded on all sides by Elephant within five metres of the car. A bit close for comfort but they weren’t taking much notice of us. But then to top it off a leopard tried to sneak down for a drink. The leopard was spotted fairly quickly and was chased off by one of the bigger elephants; an epic experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.

As we moved from waterhole to waterhole we found a different mix of game at each one. One might be full of elephant and the next one full of giraffe or zebra and so on. It’s quite interesting to sit at a waterhole and see the pecking order of the animal too. Basically biggest is best and the rest wait their turn.

If you get the chance, go. You will see every animal you can think of and then some, by the truckload. If you can, go towards the end of the dry season. That’s when there is not too much tall grass or thick green foliage around and the animals are concentrated around the waterholes, so you will see a lot more action.

Visited September 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“tips for Etosha”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

Etosha National Parks is one of those unbelievable African game parks. The waterholes in particular are a game viewer's paradise. Endless parades of huge herds of different antelope species, zebra, giraffe, elephants, rhinos and lions.
The accommodation is excellent. Some may feel it expensive, but then the rooms are equivalent to a good three/four star hotel and the beds some of the most comfortable I have slept on.
But tips to remember. If you are not part of a tour group the camps require a Namibian $ 500 (Euro 50) deposit on the room. The nearest cash machine can be at least 100 km from the park ( none in the park).
The shops in the camps are poorly stocked. Make sure you stock up on your requirements in one of the towns before entering the park if you are self catering.

Visited October 2012
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Rome, Italy
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“Wonderful Experience!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

A unique experience. We have all seen endless wildlife programmes but when you are here it is a memory that will last with you forever and a tv programme can't even touch the magic of watching animals come up to the watering hole.
Try to get the bungalow in fron f the watering hole.. you will not sleep!!

Visited August 2012
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