Etosha Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
We continue our safari through Etosha National Park to our second base at Namutoni. Etosha is an immense, saline desert, covering over 12,400 square miles, and the habitat for 114 species of animals and 340 species of birds. It has been described as the best game reserve on the African continent.
Our game drives will depend entirely on the interests of the group, and is left as flexible as possible. The terrain ranges from dense bush to large open plains where animals roam freely. We drive along the network of gravel roads that criss-cross the Park, visiting the various viewpoints and the permanent waterholes around which animals congregate.As in the rest of the country the recent heavy rain has left some of the roads flooded and impassable.
Numerous waterholes and underground springs attract large herds of animals including springbok, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. At its very heart is the Etosha Pan, which geologists believe was formed some 12 million years ago from an inland lake about the size of Holland. Shrunk to its present dried-up size, it is now a gigantic depression in the ground.
Namutoni is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, and derives its name from the old German fort around which it is built. The presence of the fort gives Namutoni more character than the other rest camps in Etosha, and in terms of accommodation this is probably the best of the three rest camps.
During 2007 the accommodation at Namutoni was completely overhauled with the intention of making this a luxury camp inside the Etosha National Park.
The Fort, which is for pedestrians only and overlooks the King Nehale waterhole, is the hub of activity with two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewelers and bookstore.
An elevated decked walkway along the water-hole provides views of the surrounding scenery, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.