At the turn of the century, White rhino were extinct in Etosha and were introduced from the Kruger National Park in 1995.
At first they were kept in a holding boma at Kamaseb, between Halali and Namutoni in order to acclimatise and were gradually released into the wild. A white rhino named Kai, born into captivity in Germany, was transferred to the park (also via Kamaseb) and a number of these pachyderms were brought in from the Waterberg Plateau Park in 1999.
Today the population has recovered and are mostly resident in the Namutoni area between the rest camp and Springbokfontein. They have, however, been seen all over the park – a tribute to the success of Etosha’s conservation efforts. Like the black rhino, white rhino prefer to drink at night and are usually spotted at the floodlit waterholes.