Most people visit Etosha to view Africa’s finest collection of game species and the best time to do this is during the winter months.
Water availability is high on the list of priorities for wild animals, and most game species will stay close to reliable water sources. This means that they are concentrated in the areas close to permanent water sources during the dry months, making them easier to find than during the rainy season, when water is abundant.
With a little help from man, Etosha is able to offer several types of waterholes to satisfy the needs of its animals. Some of the waterholes are strategically placed to lure animals closer to tourist areas to ensure that the many tourists who visit here every year can enjoy a memorable game-viewing experience. This section of the website focuses on how you can make the best use of these waterholes to enhance your game-spotting adventure in Etosha.
Uniquely, Etosha features floodlit waterholes adjacent to the main camps. Here guests can stage an all-night vigil in search of elusive nocturnal species if they wish. These floodlit waterholes are situated at Halali, Namutoni and Okaukeujo Camps.
In addition, Namutoni Camp is surrounded by 16 other waterholes, which cater to large numbers of game, including lion, elephant, springbok, eland, sable antelope, honey badger and flamingos. Near Okaukuejo, there are 15 waterholes and you may come across lion, elephant, Africa wildcat, hyenas, porcupines, giraffe, red hartebeest, gemsbok and rhino in this area. Halali Camp is located close to 8 other waterholes where you can expect to see leopard, rhino, lion, elephant, blue cranes and hundreds of zebra. The western side of Etosha, which was until recently closed to the public, is home to some 21 waterholes , where you can often find hartmannn’s mountain zebra, elephant, steenbok, gemsbok, springbok and ostrich.
Although game is the main attraction at Etosha, the Etosha pan itself is a fascinating enigma and a joy to behold, while Fairy-tale forest / Sprokieswoud (in Afrikaans) will enchant you with its unique vegetation. No trip to Etosha is complete without witnessing these two sights and photographers will delight in the once-in-a-lifetime images that can be captured here.
Other noteworthy spots include a plaque commemorating seven soldiers at Fort Namutoni, a Thirstland Trekkers grave at Rietfontein, a stone memorial at Halali and a memorial at Namutoni.