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Etosha N.P.
Travel Planning
Etosha N.P.

Etosha National Park at a Glance

Etosha National Park is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. The animals congregate around watering holes by the hundreds and people on safari have the unique pleasure of watching the animals come to them. Each year, for only a few days during the rain, the desert becomes a lagoon home to flamingo and pelicans. 

Whether you arrive in the midst of the rain that fills the salt desert, or during the times the desert is as dry as the moon, there are plenty of animals to be seen. During the course of a day lions, elephants, springboks, zebras, gazelles and other animals will come to the watering holes. There are thirty-three watering holes and each one has its own character. As you make the rounds of the park, you'll get to know which animals prefer which watering hole. Of course, for a truly spectacular sight, arrive in time for the rains of January and February when multicolored flamingos reign supreme. 

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May - October
Low Season
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      • Major Airport Hosea Kutako Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers entering Namibia will need a valid passport and a visa. Many travelers can get their visa at the airport. You need to have at least six blank pages in your passport when you enter and exit the country, especially if you are traveling to or from South Africa. All travelers should visit the Namibian Embassy's website for specific entry requirements as these can change frequently. U.S residents can use the U.S State Department website for more information as well. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Namibia's weather varies by region. The central Namib Desert will have terribly hot days and below freezing nights. The northeastern part of the country sees the most rainfall. Nationwide, rain falls January through April. 

      Safety Concerns Nambia doesn't pose a large threat to tourists' security. Avoid flashing your cash, leave valuables at home and safeguard your passport. It's best to walk in groups after dark, especially in Windoek.

      Health Concerns: Tourists should speak with their doctor at least two months before their trip to discuss vaccinations and travel health. While in Namibia, purify or boil your water.