Etosha Pan in Namibia is Africa's largest salt pan. It has one of the harshest environments, with scorching hot temperatures in summer and freezing nights in winter. As inhospitable as it may sound, it is home to an amazing array of wildlife. I am a wildlife photographer, and I have been photographing along the edges of the Etosha Pan for many years. I have witnessed many marvelous sights and have fallen in love with Etosha Pan and its inhabitants.

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Lion And Cub

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BoredPanda is awesome
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10 months ago

This makes my heart melt. so adorable

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One of my favorite animals is the elephant. And Etosha is home to the largest elephants in the world. They may lack the enormous tusks of their East African cousins due to a mineral deficiency in their diet, but when you are close to these pachyderms, you will be in awe of their size. Natural springs bubble up along the edges of the Etosha salt pan and are a lifeline to the wildlife. The water forms into small pools that turn into a grey, cement-like sludge that the elephants use as sunscreen. They spray their enormous bodies with this grey sludge and have earned the nickname "Grey Ghosts" because of the grey cement color of their bodies.

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Leopard And Brambles

Leopard And Brambles

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10 months ago

wow. This is an amazing photo. I love it

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Elephant Sunset On Etosha Pan

Elephant Sunset On Etosha Pan

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10 months ago

wow. love the sun. Did you know that elephant babies suck their trunks for comfort like human babies suck their thumbs

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It is hard to imagine any life at all living along the edges of this salt pan. But when the seasonal rains arrive between November and January, it transforms the pan into a sea of shallow water that attracts large flocks of flamingos. The water does not remain long and once it soaks into the earth, the salt pan becomes covered in a sea of grass, attracting large herds of herbivores: antelope, zebra, and elephants. Which, in turn, attracts the predators who prey on these animals as they come down to eat or drink on the edges of the salt pan.

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Five Marching Bull Elephants

Five Marching Bull Elephants

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10 months ago

Wow. They looks so impressive and great

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Bull Elephant And Wildebeest

Bull Elephant And Wildebeest

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10 months ago

love this photo

Once winter arrives, the grass disappears from the pan, and the wildlife lives off the remaining unappetizing withered grass, leaves, or roots. Winter is my favorite time to photograph in Etosha as the wildlife congregates around the few remaining areas for food and water. This makes it easier photographically for me, as I do not have to spend a lot of my time looking for subjects.

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Cheeky Giraffe

Cheeky Giraffe

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10 months ago

the tongue...

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Lion And Lioness Greet

Lion And Lioness Greet

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10 months ago

She does not look happy at all

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The skies in Etosha during winter are a dull grey/mauve color. Due to the winter winds that whip up the grey calcrete dust and sand from the salt pan, this gets trapped in the lower atmosphere, turning the sky this grey/mauve color during the day. But there is a bonus to the trapped dust in the lower atmosphere—sunrises and sunsets are magnificent and, once seen, will never be forgotten. The sun is blood red, and skies turn every hue of magenta.

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Black Rhinos

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10 months ago

Wow. I love rhinos. They look majestic

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Lioness Calling

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10 months ago

Wow. Amazing

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I cannot wait to return to my favorite wildlife destination once our crazy world returns to the norm. Meanwhile, you can also check my other posts on Bored Panda here and here.

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Young Bull Elephant Searching For Food

Young Bull Elephant Searching For Food

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10 months ago

You'll find the food, I know you will

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Gemsbok/Oryx Grazing

Gemsbok/Oryx Grazing

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10 months ago

Woah, they look so cool

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Bull Elephants Browsing On Leaves On Edge Of Pan

Bull Elephants Browsing On Leaves On Edge Of Pan

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10 months ago

Not a lot of leaves sadly

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Giraffe Drinking On Edge Of Pan

Giraffe Drinking On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

Giraffe thinking about drinking.

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Black Rhino

Black Rhino

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10 months ago

majestic animal

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Massive Bull Elephant On Edge Of Pan

Massive Bull Elephant On Edge Of Pan

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10 months ago

Edge Of Pan?

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Male Ostrich

Male Ostrich

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Did you know that their kick is so powerful that they can kill a lon

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Red Hartebeest

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10 months ago

cool

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Windswept Lion

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10 months ago

love the photo. well captured

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Bull Elephant Mud Spraying

Bull Elephant Mud Spraying

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

Got you!

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Black Rhino

Black Rhino

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10 months ago

Wow. I love these photos, probably since they have animals in them

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Bull Elephant Edge Of Pan

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Carole Deem
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10 months ago

As I understand it, after the water evaporates or sinks into the ground a layer of salt is left lying on the surface this is referred to as a pan. In my mind Ienvision a skillet with a white interior shimmering with heat.

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Moon Rise And Elephant Edge Of Pan

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10 months ago

That elephant looks so tiny. What a featureless, wide open space. I grew up in forests so I can't fathom something that big looking so tiny with nothing for scale.

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Herd Of Hartebeest

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10 months ago

they look defensive. don't judge them

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Giraffe On Edge Of Pan

Giraffe On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

NO! I'm still not speaking to you.

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Grey Ghost

Grey Ghost

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Two Giraffe

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10 months ago

Photobomber

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Blue Wildebeest Edge Of Pan

Blue Wildebeest Edge Of Pan

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10 months ago

so lonely...

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Lioness Hunting Zebra

Lioness Hunting Zebra

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10 months ago

That is incredible

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Grey Ghost Of Etosha

Grey Ghost Of Etosha

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

You could never imagine or know all that I have seen.

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Giraffe On Edge Of Pan

Giraffe On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

It took me 10 hours to shave these beautiful legs.

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Springbok Fighting Over Territory

Springbok Fighting Over Territory

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10 months ago

wonder who won

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Grey Ghost

Grey Ghost

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NELS HEDMAN
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10 months ago

How do you get these photos?

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Giraffe Drinking On Edge Of Pan

Giraffe Drinking On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

Oh , that's so good.

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Giraffe Mother And Baby On Edge Of Pan

Giraffe Mother And Baby On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

You were perfect honey,they were impressed with your posture.

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Giraffe Mother And Baby

Giraffe Mother And Baby

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10 months ago

awwwwww

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Wildebeest On Edge Of Pan

Wildebeest On Edge Of Pan

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10 months ago

Looks like the one from earlier found some friends

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Gemsbok On Edge Of Pan

Gemsbok On Edge Of Pan

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Elaine Mattingly
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10 months ago

More spots with antana. Gemsbok. How you know?