Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 31,Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa we leave Botswana for Namibia
Our first stop is the Etosha National Park.
Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish. Did you know that when it was originally proclaimed at the turn of the century the Etosha Park consisted of an area of 100,000 square kilometres. This was the largest reserve on earth but in the 1960's political pressure resulted in the Park being reduced to its current size.
We have been informed that the game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent but unlike many other African game reserves, Etosha does not have its own guided safaris, so hired a private guide.
Wow, Sita....more elephants, zebras, antelope, warthogs..!

We drove past Namutoni Fortwhich is located in Etosha National Park. It dates back to a German police post, built before the turn of the century, and was later used as an army base and for English prisoners in the First World War, before being restored to its present state in 1957.

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