Best time to visit Etosha National Park
The best time to visit Etosha National Park is during the winter months, from May to October. This is known as the dry season when it is highly unlikely that you’ll see any rain and can bask in glorious temperatures.
It is this heat that dries up the salt pan, which, in turn, encourages all of the wildlife out on the hunt for new water sources. Once a healthy watering hole is located, copious amounts of animals gather around to drink, graze, and bathe. This creates the most magnificent panorama of mammals, birds, all coexisting in relative harmony.
The vegetation becomes sparse so the chances of sighting many species of animals in the low grass greatly increase.
It is during this time that there are fewer daylight hours, only about 9 on average. This means that catching the spectacular ‘Golden Hours’ of sunrise and sunset is easy. No safari would be the same without seeing and photographing the wildlife with the backdrop of the most impressive sunset that southern Africa has to offer.
The pan itself looks spectacular at this time of the year. It becomes this huge expanse of white that lends itself to the most amazing photographs.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is the only time of year that you should visit, summer has plenty to offer if you don’t mind taking your chances with the rain.
Summertime in Etosha National Park
The summer months cover November to April otherwise known as the rainy or wet season. By no means should this put you off, any rain that does fall tends to do so in the afternoon and doesn’t last all day.
It is a magical sight, seeing the salt pan fill and the grasslands and vegetation to lush and green.
If you’re a keen birdwatcher then you will be in your element, many species of wetland birds migrate from the north to enjoy the riches of food the climate offers. The scenery becomes tinged with pink when flamingos descend. They wade in the shallows along with the storks. Etosha National Park is home to 340 breeds of bird, a third of those are migratory and arrive during the wet season. As there are fewer visitors at this time of year, the park will be quieter and so will the camp. You might even find that admission prices are reduced too.
The best time to visit Etosha National Park – by month
The park is open throughout the year, and the time of your visit determines the weather conditions, landscapes, and wildlife that you will experience.
The best time to visit Etosha National Park is anytime! The park is open all year round, and whilst the dry season encourages most wildlife out to play, the rainy season shouldn’t be ignored. You will be able to bask in hotter temperatures, spot many new species of wetland birds that migrate to Etosha, and if you’re really lucky, you might just get to see some new parents, tending their young.
If you hope to see the maximum amount of wildlife on the game reserve go in the dry season, but take a few sweaters, the afternoon heat can cool leaving the night air quite chilly.
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