Although we photographed animals the length and breadth of Namibia most of these images are taken in Etosha National Park which is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of over 22,000 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River, however the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. The perennial springs and waterholes along the edges of the pan therefore draw large concentrations of wildlife and we were fortunate to photograph many of the key species. We travelled alone in our 4WD and spent many, many, hours at key locations patiently waiting for the animals. When the “moments” occur however they are brief, exciting, sometimes humorous, and occasionally rather frightening!
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