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Etosha National Park, Namibia vs Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe in February

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Jan 22nd, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Etosha National Park, Namibia vs Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe in February

Hi all,

I will be in both Namibia and Zimbabwe in February. I am going independantly and my planned itinerary allows for either 3 days in Etosha National Park, Namibia OR 3 days in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

I understand that Etosha might be very hot, whereas Hwange may be fairly wet and have less game visibility due to plant growth.

If I go to Etosha I will be self-driving, whereas in Hwange I'll probably be staying at one of the private lodges (with safari included)

I would be interested in knowing which of the two people recommend for viewing animals at this time of year, as well as best overall experience.

Many thanks
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Jan 24th, 2012, 06:37 AM
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Having lived in Cape Town for the past 30 years, just about every annual holiday was spent in a Game Park or National Park. Of the many parks visited Etosha is by far the best, for accommodation, game viewing and safety. I would hesitate to recommend visiting Zimbabwe! 3 days in Etosha is extremely short, as it is a vast Park and so much to see....Yes, its hot there but its a dry & bearable heat and all 3 camps have a pool and plenty of ice-cold draught beer.
If you are interested to hear more, please contact me: [email protected] I have advised lots of people over the years.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 08:25 PM
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Etosha will still get rain in February and game viewing will not be as optimal as the drier months. Hwange and Zimbabwe in general is fine for visitors - in fact they have seen a 10% increase in tourism last year which is great!
Etosha is easy to self-drive but I would agree that 3 days won't give you much opportunity to appreciate much of the park.
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Jan 30th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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Hi Peter

i disagree with the previous writers. IMHO you can see a lot in Etosha in 3 days (plus game watchung at night at the camp's own waterhole) by visiting most of the waterholes around the 3 camps
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