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ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Etosha National Park is one of the best and most important animal reserves in southern Africa. The Park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covers an area of 22 270 km2, home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one fish species.
Etosha, which means “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, whose soil was formed about 100 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers about 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However, the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan is now a great dusty depression of salt and clay, which only fills if the rains are heavy and yet only holds the water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha pot attracts thousands of birds, including impressive flamingos flocks. The perennial springs along the banks of the Etosha Pan attract large concentrations of wildlife and birds.
Animal viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time is from May to September – the coldest months in Namibia. Tourists visiting the park can expect to see many species of antelope, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and lions. Lucky visitors will see leopard and cheetah. There is a road network linking the five fields and the secondary roads lead to several water holes.
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