Photos of Etosha National Park (20 Photos)

After doing my first ever Southern African safari in Chobe National Park a couple weeks prior, I had incredibly high expectations for Etosha National Park in Namibia.  Foolishly however, I allowed myself to imagine it to be a similar experience.  Obviously, the two parks are completely different, as is the experience in general.  In Chobe, there is a massive quantity of animals.  You are basically swarmed by them at every turn.  You spend your time around the water and you don’t have to spend time finding animals, they are just there.  Etosha National Park, however, is all about the quality of the sightings.

Etosha National Park is such a flat and arid environment that rather than having hippos, elephants and crocodiles around every bend, you spend more time among animals that find refuge on the open savannahs. Zebra, antelope, and other grazers flourish here as do browsers like giraffes and Rhinos.  Obviously, with the abundance of prey here, there are also loads of lions as well as leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and other predators and scavengers.

Thus, unlike Chobe which teems with big wildlife, Etosha National Park is more about the great find.  I went on safari with Chameleon Safaris, and we had some luck with the wildlife.  Though I wish I had a longer lens, we did catch some great animals wandering around the wild.  These are my photos from Etosha National Park, I hope you enjoy them!

A couple of old male Elephants come together at a waterhole in Etosha National Park

A couple of old male Elephants come together at a waterhole in Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

My first ever wildebeest sighting

Zebra at sunrise in Etosha National Park

Zebra at sunrise in Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park, Oryx

Easily the tastiest animal in Etosha National Park, in my opinion. This is an Oryx.

Etosha National Park, Jackal

A jackal running across the salt road.

Etosha National Park, Giraffe

A giraffe grabbing some breakfast alongside the road.

Etosha National Park

Getting the Canon 60D and 70-200mm lens out to shoot some after dark photos at the waterhole

Etosha National Park, rhino

A Black rhino at the waterhole in Halali after dark.

Etosha National Park, elephants

Later, a family of elephants came by the waterhole at halali

Etosha National Park, zebra

At dawn, the zebras almost look as orange colourful as the sky.

Etosha National Park, springbok

A springbok at dawn.

Etosha National Park, zebra

Even if this photo was in colour it would be in black and white

 

Etosha National Park, rhino

A rhino trying to decide if he’ll charge our vehicle from the brush.

Etosha National Park, zebra

Beautiful light for photography.

Etosha National Park

Can’t remember the name of this antelope… but I’m sure it’s delicious too

Etosha National Park, ostrich

An ostrich preparing for a 100m dash.

Etosha National Park, elephants

Elephants out on the flats of Etosha

Etosha National Park, jackal

Jackals are pretty sweet… although I don’t think the small prey in Etosha think so.

Etosha National Park

An ostrich and a couple elephants having a staring contest

Etosha National Park, lion

Right before leaving Etosha National Park, we spotted a pair of male lions. Though far away, this one showed his teeth for us.


Author: Brendan van Son

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15 Comments

  1. I’ve recently been watching David Attenborough’s “Africa” documentaries, and the footage is stunning, especially at night time. I love your rhino shot because it reminds me of one episode where they discovered rhinos are actually sociable animals, but only at night around the watering hole, when they all get together and party ;)

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    • Hahaha… Rhinos love to party! It’s science.

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  2. Now I’m even more stoked about visiting Etosha. I think the unknown one is a Red Hartebeest.

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    • Yeah, Gaelyn! You’re right, that’s the one. They were sweet!

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  3. From what I remember of Etosha in July is the color grey. Everything covered by grey dust. Not a single spot of green. Your photo’s suggest like it rained recently. The three elephants with the dark blue sky also suggests rain. How did you get that sky so dark?

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    • Jan, I shot this in June. It was dry… However, it wasn’t so bad. The conditions still were quite dusty. They sky just looked like that when I shot it. :D

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  4. Great! Picture 8 in b&w could be nice.

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  5. Actually, Brendan, we don’t have jaguars in southern Africa; I assume you’re referring to leopards. Nice photos of my favourite game park in the whole of southern Africa, thanks for sharing.

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    • I was drinking when I wrote this… give me a break. Haha, yes, I meant Leopards. Going to change it right now haha.

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  6. Love these pictures – remind me of my time in Etosha last November. It was my first safari experience and loved every minute. these photos really show it off at it’s best.

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  7. Gorgeous captures, love all the morning light images, they light up your subject so nicely, the shot with the elephants and the ostrich is a winner!

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    • Thanks Noel, shame the morning light ends so quickly. I’m looking forward to a couple days in Kruger soon where I’ll be able to take advantage of a little more of it.

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    • Oh, you’ll love it. Some of the best camping areas on the planet in Namibia!

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