Etosha National Park

The big white place: Etosha Pan

The Etosha National Park, with an area of 22,000 hectares, is one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa. The name is derived from an eponymous saltpan of 5000 km2 that has an east-west length of about 120 kilometers and is 70 kilometers long in the widest places. It is this salt pan (with water sources!)  which attracts the animals. Although the pan is connected to rivers, the area hardly receives water. If there is water in the pan, it is caused by rain. The name Etosha can be translated with ‘place of mirrors’ or ‘place of dry water’ or ‘the big white place’. Etosha’s appearance is indeed like an endless white plain where dust swirls and the sun shines on the horizon while the game searches for a way to the water.

A safari in Etosha is more than special. The combination of this impressive landscape and the variety of animals is amazing. The numbers are large; zebras;  wildebeast, sprinkling or oryx; you will probably see hundreds together. And of course there are also elephants here, who look special in this part of Africa after a mud bath: white!