elephant at the Okaukuejo waterhole etosha namibia

Etosha Game Park Namibia

by lesadmin· June 22, 2015· in · 1 comments
Etosha Game Park Namibia. Recent Thoughts on Etosha . The last decade has witnessed a large increase in visitor accommodation both inside the park and just outside the gates particularly near the Andersson gate. Correspondingly this has led to a large increase in the number of people visiting Etosha, with a corresponding degradation in being able to view game, especially in the eastern part of the reserve. When I visited the park for 10 days in mid-September, it was not uncommon to find 20 vehicles including a double decker bus lined up in rows around the popular waterholes. This concentration of vehicles made it impossible even to see the waterhole from the back positions. The only way to get a front position was to get there first or to stay when all the vehicles departed and wait patiently for the animals to arrive. The great irony, is that although accommodation at the Okaukuejo rest camp has increased by 100 beds to 450, almost all visitors depart early to explore the park. This leaves the waterhole at Okaukuejo virtually unattended, providing unencumbered viewing conditions both day and night for visitors who can view the game on foot and at close range […]
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wildebeests crossing the mara river kenya
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