Etosha has dozens of waterholes, some are natural while
others are artificially fed from boreholes. During the dry
season, staking out a position at a waterhole viewpoint
is a rewarding way to watch game without moving from one
spot. A veritable 'Noah's Arc' of species queue up to take
a drink, with elephants hogging the lion's share!
Plains game such as zebra,
impala and eland
abound in great numbers on the grasslands and congregate
at waterholes in the dry season.
Herds of fifty elephants are not unusual and often walk
right down the middle of the road giving people in cars
an incredibly close and thrilling encounter. Lions
and hyenas must be searched
for, but silver-backed
jackals trot around almost oblivious to you.
The desert dwelling oryx,
upon which the mythical unicorn must surely be based, will
certainly be seen here along with the impressive curly horned
Etosha also contains endangered black
rhino and unusual species like the black-faced impala
- a larger and darker subspecies found only in south-western
Angola and north-western Namibia.
is absolutely wonderful with every kind of feathered friend.
One to look for is the ground
hornbill who looks like a downhearted widow with a red
scarf around her face. Other less terrestrial hornbills
are the cheeky yellow-billed
hornbills whose squawk and loping flight becomes a familiar
Lilac breasted rollers
are colourful enough at they sit on their favourite perch,
but when they take off in pursuit of an insect, their underwings
give a blinding flash of electric blue.
Eagles and vultures cruise high in the warm air currents
or perch on branches with beady eyes alert.