When this National Park was founded in 1907 when Namibia still was a German colony, its size was over 90.000 square kilometres. Today, Etosha is 22.000 square kilometres large with its centre, the Etosha Salt Pan which in itself covers about 5.000 square kilometres alone.
According to the "San" ancestral history, this place was where a "San" mother cried for her murdered child ... her tears dried and later became the salt pan.
We stay two nights in the park, one night at the "Halali" Restcamp and one at the "Okaukuejo" Restcamp. Both have artificial waterholes where even at night you can watch animals, but we like Okaukuejo better (better accomodation, better food and better service!).
Generally said, the state owned camps in Namibia (NWR Camps) are not as good as the private ones, which is very sad as Namibia could earn even more money with a bit more maintenance and a better service!