Pictures of zebras at Etosha National Park

Pictures of zebras at Etosha National park

by Michael on September 24, 2012

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Etosha National Park in Namibia is one of the top game viewing sites in Africa. The park was created over 100 years ago and is huge, larger than the state of New Jersey. We spent three days driving around the park during dry season. That’s the best time to visit since the animals must come out of hiding and flock to the waterholes to drink.

On any given day a visitor will spot zebras, giraffes, elephants, springbok, oryx and more. With a bit of luck a rhino or lion will come sauntering by. We were lucky to see both of those as well.

Namibia is a prime destination for self-drive tours in Africa. With the second lowest population density in the world (after only Mongolia) there were times when we were the only car for miles as we gazed upon the animals.

The zebras sort of surprised us. To begin with, they’re not all black and white. Some of them have a fair amount of tan coloring which we hadn’t expected. They also pretty much just stand around all day without much to do.

Pictures of Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Pictures of zebras Etosha Namibia

They also seem pretty dense, just standing in the road staring us without a thought of moving. In that way they were sort of like donkeys with stripes.

Photos of zebras Etosha Namibia

Larissa just loved how many of the zebras stood around all day doing the zebra version of spooning.

Zebras at Etosha pack at waterhole

The lone springbok (the one that looks like a deer) seems a bit lost among all the zebras at this waterhole in Etosha.

Wild animals of Namibia ostrich zebra (575x438) We don’t see this relationship working out.

Pictures of zebras Etosha Namibia elephant

These zebras don’t realize it yet but they’re about to get kicked out of the waterhole by the big, bad elephant. 

Photo of Zebra Namibia one elephant

There’s always somebody who’s the last one to get the memo.

Pictures of zebras three zebras

Here’s a short video of zebras moseying around the park:

 [youtube]http://youtu.be/ePLgjuTNGho[/youtube]

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Tony September 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

Guys,

Great shots — the zebra and ostrich shot is amazing. It looks like a WWWF pre-match staredown with the ref (that tiny bird) in the middle.

Fantastic!

Michael September 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Glad you liked them. I hadn’t noticed that tiny bird until you mentioned it. Couldn’t a zebra be his own ref? He already has the uniform.

John D September 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

What was the zebra’s response when Larissa chimes in with the “Hell-o”?

Barbara September 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

Hi Michael & Larissa,

Beautiful photos. I am sure that you will remember Etosha a long time.
That is so cool that this was a “self-drive” tour. I like that idea.

Enjoy your day.

Chris September 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Great photos . What kind of camera did you use?

Andrea October 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Love zebras!

Cristina Garcia November 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

We love Etosha! Isn’t it crazy how many zebras there are there? Last time we visited was last march, during the wet season. It was awesome, there were flowers everywhere. Zebras look awesome when surrounded with flowers.
great pics!

Michael November 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

We were surprised how colorful some of the zebras were, not just black and white.

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