Etosha is Namibia’s wildlife safari heartland and is best known national park and its silver salt pan shimmers in the heat haze, covering a large portion of the northern landmass, whilst open savannah plains, acacia woodlands and water holes characterise the south. This is one of Africa’s biggest game reserves and during the dry season, the water holes to the south attract impala, wildebeest and zebra. Being such a dry country the animals of Namibia rely on the permanent water that is often pumped to the surface from boreholes underground. These man-made waterholes are the life blood for the animals, making game viewing exciting, during a Namibia safari, as you often have several species of animals around a waterhole at the same time.
To the naked eye, Namibia may seem like a dry and desolate country with not much in the way of wildlife, but if you look hard enough and in the right places you will see a host of endemic animals that range from black backed jackals, ostriches, desert beetles that drink moisture from the dew that they trap on their legs to elephants that have adapted to living in the desert, to one of the largest populations of cheetahs on the African continent.
There are several conservation organisations that rescue and release cheetahs back into protected areas and safaris will often incorporate a visit to one of these non-profit organisations.