Etosha National Park
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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
No visit to Namibia would be complete without a stop in the extremely famous Etosha National Park. It’s one of the oldest parks in all of Africa, and the wildlife viewing opportunities are spectacular.
The park is a massive expanse with a few waterholes where visitors converge. Throughout the day and night basically all the animals walk straight into the water, desperate to escape the blistering heat.
We’re lucky to see a massive herd of elephants stomp in from far in the distance, and I’m amazed to see the sheer joy of the younger ones when they get close. Unable to contain themselves they break free from the park and charge full-steam into the water, scattering all the other animals. They play and drink for almost an hour before moving off, giving access to the other animals that have been waiting patiently at a polite distance.
Watching a giraffe bend down to drink is hilarious, and at night we see three rhinos play fighting and snorting loudly. At the final watering hole we catch sight of a few female lions on the far edge of the water, and even from such a huge distance it’s clear how massive they are.
Years ago I set my sights on Namibia, Etosha especially, and I am ecstatic to have finally made it!