We spent four days in Etosha National Park, Namibia’s premiere place for seeing herds of wild animals. It is the beginning of the dry season in June. As cloudless days wear on, the places where animals can drink in this dry land diminish. Thus, if you park by a waterhole you are guaranteed to see herds of African animals. Our list was extensive. Only the cats eluded us. Etosha is known for its cheetahs, a species I have never seen in the wild. That still remains true. We were also told that we missed seeing a pride of ten lions the day we spent an hour at a waterhole near the Etosha Pan. As with many things in life, timing is everything.
Regardless, we saw hundreds of other animals. Most days we only traveled 40 kilometers (25 miles) stopping at multiple waterholes on 10-hour drives. It was marvelous. Here is some of what we saw.