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Located in Namibia :: Etosha  :: Outjo Area
Category: Land Mark :: Pan

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Etosha Pan is the largest salt pan in Africa and one of the Etosha National Park's most distinctive features. Thousands of years ago Etosha Pan would have been a lake fed by the Kunene River but today the pan only holds water after heavy rains. During this time, for a short while, it plays host to flamingos, pelicans and wading birds. The rainy season generally offers excellent birding opportunities with some 340 species present, about a third of which are migratory.

There is a San legend about the formation of the Etosha pan, they believed it was a result from a small village being raided and everyone except the women being slaughtered. One of the women was so distraught by the deaths of her family that she cried until her tears formed this massive lake called the Etosha pan which ultimately dried up and left behind a massive white pan, as legend has it.

After good summer rains you may be fortunate enough to see this pan filled with water. Normally though, this pan is dry, and it's very windy here. One can really experience the vastness and nothingness all around the pan. (Oct-2018).

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Address :  Etosha, Namibia

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