Etosha National Park
has been a protected game reserve for more than 100 years. Its landscape is dominated by the Etosha Pan, the vast salt pan which forms part of the Kalahari Basin. Big game hunting in the 19th century killed off many of the larger species, and a drought in the 1980s had a similarly catastrophic effect, but thankfully in the intervening years the park has largely recovered, and today it is a superb place for wildlife watching.
There are very large numbers of zebra, jackal, fox, hyena, and aardwolf, and it is also a great location for spotting the ever entertaining meerkat. Many of these species have evolved special physical characteristics to help them survive in arid climatic conditions, and your knowledgeable safari guide will go to great lengths to explain how they differ from similar subspecies elsewhere.