Photo Essay: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Etosha National Park in Namibia

by Ekua on October 21, 2012 in captured on memory card,Namibia,the natural world,why i travel

Etosha National Park is 22,000 square kilometers of wildlife wonderland in northwestern Namibia. Over the course of three days, we made our way from the eastern side of the park to the western side, driving along a huge salt flat and spotting animals everywhere:

Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

As soon as we entered the park, we saw zebras having a meal on the side of the road.

Zebra at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Butterfly at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Namutoni Fort at Etosha National Park in Namibia

At the Namutoni rest camp, there is a fort which now houses a restaurant, bar, and gift shops.

Warthog family at Etosha National Park in Namibia

A family of warthogs crossing the lawn.

A cloudy sunset at a watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

The watering hole at the Namutoni rest camp.

A cloudy sunset in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A cloudy and beautiful sunset on our first night at Etosha.

A banded mongoose in Etosha National Park, Namibia

As we were leaving the Namutoni camp to go to the other side of the park, a group of banded mongooses emerged in front of our room and started running and tumbling around.

A blue crane and springboks in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A blue crane in the foreground and a pair of springboks in the background.

Flowers at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Southern yellow-billed hornbill in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A southern yellow-billed hornbill sitting on an acacia tree.

An oryx in Etosha National Park, Namibia

An oryx lounges at the salt flat.

Scenery in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Gorgeous rainy season scenery.

Scenery in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A dirt path leading to the salt flat.

Tortoise in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A tortoise moving rather quickly across the mud.

Greater Kestrel bird in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A greater kestrel.

Ostrich in Etosha National Park, Namibia

An ostrich!

Ostrich in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Scenery in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A springbok drinking water in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A springbok sips from a puddle.

The Okaukuejo watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

The watering hole at the Okaukuejo rest camp.

Giraffe at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Giraffes at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Giraffes!

Giraffes at Etosha National Park in Namibia

A wildebeest at Etosha National Park in Namibia

A blue wildebeest.

A jackal at Etosha National Park in Namibia

A silhouette of a jackal at the watering hole in the evening.

Twilight at the Okaukuejo watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Twilight at the Okaukuejo watering hole on our last evening in Etosha.

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Naomi October 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

Ekua…you’re so lucky to have seen all those animals!! Go you ;)

(also, normally i find pigs and all animals pig-related abhorrent, but – and i never thought i’d say this – those warthogs are THE! CUTEST!!)

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Ekua October 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Yes, I’m really grateful that I had the chance to see all these animals in their natural habitat!

Warthogs are probably the ugliest animals I’ve ever seen, but to see the little ones tagging along with the mother was super cute.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures October 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Incredible!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE that last pic, wow!

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Ekua October 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Thanks :)

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Sunee October 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

Some really lovely pictures – I especially love the one of the kestrel! It looks quite green and verdant in all of the pictures, which usually means the veld is thick and one can’t see any animals, but it looks like you were lucky enough to spot all the pretty ones anyway :)

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Ekua October 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

See, Namibia isn’t all sand :P We were there in rainy season which I’m sure you know isn’t the ideal time for this sort of thing, but we saw quite a bit of animals and the scenery was beautiful. There were a couple more animals that we spotted, I’ll get to that in the next post!

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Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

Lovely photos. You are so lucky to see some many animals! I love zebra shots. I have recently travelled to Sri Lanka and visited the Yala National Park, amazing place with wild animals. :)

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Ekua October 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for stopping by. It was hard to narrow down the zebra shots because I had so many! Whenever they stood together, their stripes lined up in such interesting ways.

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