Etosha National Park – Namibia

Southern Africa’s Big Wild

Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s most compelling and untrammeled scenery, with a diverse and plentiful wildlife that has adapted to the rigors of its desertlike conditions. The Etosha National Park in the north, a semiarid savanna grassland ten times the size of Luxembourg, is the third largest game reserve in the world.

With 144 species of mammals and well over 300 species of birds depending on its water holes, game sighting is relatively easy here. At the Etosha Pan, the flat depression at the heart of the park, the variety and profusion of species found at the water holes at any one time make for a veritable arkful. You may see spectacular numbers of elephants, zebras, giraffes, blue wildebeests, springboks, and the endangered black rhino. For a few days each year after the rains, when the pan fills with water, flamingos and pelicans descend by the tens of thousands.

There are three lodges within the park, but if you go the extra distance beyond the park’s confines to the 19,800-acre Huab Lodge, a private reserve on the Huab River with game­-viewing similar to Etosha’s, you’ll find the warmest welcome, the finest guides, and the most stylish comfort in the country.

A swim­ming pool and natural thermal springs pass as your own private watering holes. There are excellent meals, and barking geckos will lull you to sleep – or is it the free-flowing South African wines?

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