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Three reasons why you should explore Namibia’s Etosha Pan

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Alice Lombard

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Author: Alice Lombard - 9 February 2017

Last Update: 30 January 2024

Visible from space, Namibia’s Etosha Pan is an excellent self-drive safari destination for travellers looking for a little more freedom with their holiday plans.

With wildlife aplenty, the Etosha Pan is home to the endangered Black rhino, leopard, lion and more than 340 bird species. If you’re planning a holiday in Namibia, here are Five reasons why you should explore Namibia’s Etosha Pan.

‘Great white place’

 

An endless white world �� #saltpan #etoshapan #namibia #instatravel #travellingwithkids #lilyenwoodyinnamibia

A photo posted by Sylvia Pintens (@sylviapintens) on Jan 11, 2017 at 1:43am PST

The name Etosha is derived from the language of the Ovambo tribe, which means ‘great white place’. This huge pan spreads for over 4731 square kilometres, covering approximately 25% of the Etosha National Park.

It’s best visited in summer

If you’re planning a Namibia 4×4 safari, be sure to visit during the dry season months of May to December. Game viewing is at it’s best during this time, as the wildlife will congregate around water sources such as water holes, making them easier to spot and providing you with excellent photographic opportunities.

It’s an excellent photographic safari destination

Every year, budding and experienced photographers flock to the Etosha Pan to improve their skills and add to their photo libraries. May wait at the various waterholes for wildlife to head their way to capture the perfect shot.


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