Cheetah in Etosha National Park during a safari drive
Guided Etosha Game Drive
Both first time and seasoned safari-goers can benefit from taking advantage of guided game drives while visiting Etosha National Park. The guided drives are offered from all the main rest camps within Etosha as well as lodges bordering the park.
Etosha National Park, covering more than 20,000 sq km, is one of the world’s best wildlife-viewing locations. Etosha means the 'great white area' and refers to the large dried pan in the middle of the Etosha Park. Unlike other parks in Africa, where you can spend days looking for animals, Etosha’s charm lies in its ability to bring the animals to you. Spend some time next to one of the many water holes and watch the animals from your vehicle. Etosha is home to four of the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, leopard and lion). Elephants and lions are common in the park, while the elusive leopard hides in the densely vegetated areas. One of the best reasons to visit Etosha is its population of black rhinos.
You will be collected from your accommodation early in the morning (when the gates open) and you will start your safari the moment you enter the park. The guided tour will take approximately 3.5 hours before you return to the camp. The game drive will be done in an open vehicle. Your guide has extensive knowledge and experience of the area and its inhabitants, including animal behaviour.
There is no set route for any of the game drives, and the guide will follow a route designed to best find wildlife depending on the time of year, water distribution and recent wildlife sightings. Etosha’s best game viewing is at the many waterholes scattered throughout the park. Some of the waterholes are even lit during night which gives you great viewing opportunities.
If you are staying within the park, a night drive is possible - otherwise you will need to leave the park before the gates close.