Etosha National Park is a unique destination and among the most accessible and enjoyable game reserves in Namibia. Conveniently located in close proximity, is Kupferquelle Resort, the best accommodation close to Etosha, giving you the ideal base for a day trip to the nature reserve.
With a selection of beautiful chalets and campsites to choose from, congenial staff that is always ready to assist and an Olympic sized swimming pool, Kupferquelle Resort gives you affordable luxury and a memorable stay. Rest assured that you have arrived at the perfect accommodation from which to see the fascinating sights in and around Tsumeb!
Etosha National Park
About 100 km from Tsumeb, Etosha is a game and nature reserve and the gateway to Northern Namibia and Ovamboland.“Etosha” means “great white area”, “place of mirages” and “place of dry water”. It is roughly 22 750 square kilometres in size, with exotic campsites and safaris and was discovered in the 1850s by European explorers. Game hunting was rampant until 1907 when it was turned into a reserve to protect the land and its species.
From Kupferquelle Resort, it is a wonderful day trip. Abundantly endowed with rare wildlife species that gather around its famous waterholes, Etosha is breathtaking and one can see animals in their natural habitat comprising of open grasslands and diverse vegetation.
You can see native elephants, the endangered black rhino, leopards, lions, giraffes, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, impala, steenbok, caracal, roan and zebra and more.
Etosha is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, especially during the rainy season when the pan is full. Flamingos are in plenty along with 340 species of birds including the world’s largest, the ostrich and Kori bustard. A number of migratory species frequent the park.
Besides the wildlife, birds and the enormous Etosha salt pan spanning 4731 square kilometres, another attraction here is the fairy-tale forest. This unusual vegetation in Namibia, the Sprokiesboom or Moringa ovalifolia is also called the fairy tale tree for its ethereal appearance. Usually found in hilly terrain, in Etosha they are found in abundance on the plains west of Okaukuejo. Legend has it that the trees were flung from heaven in anger and landed upside down on earth! They grow almost 7 metres tall and are loved by elephants.
Things to know about Etosha
- There is minimal risk of malaria and the park is easily approachable offering a number of camps, safaris, restaurants and shops for the visitor along with ablution facilities.
- Since Etosha National Park is very popular, it is important to book in advance before you visit. The amicable staff at Kupferquelle Resort will be glad to help you plan your trip.
- Winter is a good time to visit as the climate is pleasant and good sightings of wildlife are guaranteed. At night, the waterholes where the animals congregate are floodlit.
- Waterholes are concentrated around the southern edges of the pan. If you’re lucky, you can see the rare black rhino and the white rhino at Okaukuejo and Halali in the east of the park.
- If you enjoy the rains, summer brings heavy showers, turning it into a verdant heaven with visiting European migratory birds. Driving can be slightly more challenging as you will have to look for the wildlife.
- You have the option of a guided tour or self-drive safaris as the park is easy to navigate with its good roads and signage.
- Do not forget to carry a hat, your binoculars and camera as Etosha offers some splendid photography opportunities. Everything looks fabulous!
You may want to combine your visit to Lake Otjikoto with Etosha as the Von Lindequist gate is close to Namutoni and 73km from Tsumeb on the B1.
Make an unforgettable trip and enjoy the natural beauty of Namibia. Stay at the Kupferquelle Resort, your best accommodation close to Etosha. Take home memories! Call us today to book your stay.