Traffic Jam in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A traffic jam held us up in Etosha National Park for most of the day. It was the first time I’d hoped for wall-to-wall traffic. Part of the line-up: zebras, a giraffe, a rhino, a rooibok, an elephant, a wildebeest, and an ostrich. It all started with a few… hundred zebras.

Zebra Etosha National Park, NamibiaThen the giraffe got excited and made a run for it.

Etosha National Park Safari

The rhino nailed the brakes.


The rooibok checked his blind spot for any hidden traffic.

Looking Back, Etosha National Park, Namibia

The elephant veered off to the toll road and drove it alone.

Elephant in Etosha National Park, Namibia

The wildebeest pilled in together to use the carpool lane.


And the ostrich cut me off.


As the sun began to set, I wished for a traffic jam everyday.

Sunset Etosha National Park

In Namibia, even the traffic jams are awesome!

53 thoughts on “Traffic Jam in Etosha National Park, Namibia

  1. That’s the kind of traffic I could deal with. I imagine though if I lived there and had to drive with it all the time it might get frustrating. But, considering the plight of wildlife in Africa I would rather have the traffic jam.


    • The ostrich was playing with us on the road. He’d run in front of the truck and wait for us to follow. When we stopped, he stopped. This went on for about 15 minutes. It was hilarious. 🙂


      • No, it’s a different type of gazelle.

        Rooibok = impala. = the one in your photo
        Springbok = thompson’s gazelle. It’s a golden brown with a dark brown/black stripe between it’s gold and white. Smaller horns. A lot rarer than the impala.


      • There are some great guide books that you should be able to get there. See the previous comment and my correction. The Thompsons gazelle and springbok are not the same. The springbok is South Africa’s national animal. I hope you have seen the Oryx – Namibia’s national animal and the most majestic antelope. I think the Africa bug might have bitten – Enjoy.


  2. Beautiful safari so far, totally awesome to do. We were in Botswana 2 years ago, the Okavango Delta must be on your list, the pop up to the Serengetti, though it’s been 14 years since we were there, the numbers of animals you see at once will blow you away!


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  4. I could handle this traffic jam. You mentioned seeing this through a child’s vision. What we all could accomplish if we looked at everything like a child: fresh, new, exciting. May your whole journey be as great.


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