More than 8,600 square miles of wildlife-stuffed land composes Namibia's Etosha National Park. But what sets Etosha apart than other African parks is the massive salt pan that covers nearly a quarter of the park—so large that it can be spotted from space. When the rains come in the wet season, the salt pan becomes a lake beckoning thousands of pearlescent flamingos migrating through. The grasslands that surrounds houses the diverse inhabitants of a park that consistently ranks as one of the world's premier wildlife-viewing arenas. From zebra and lions to giraffe and wildebeest, you're nearly guaranteed a full viewing of the animal kingdom. The park is accessible without a guide, in any sedan-type vehicle, but the truth of the matter is that not all that much driving is needed. Park adjacent one of the many watering holes and wait for the parade to pass through. And though they’re nearly extinct in the area, Etosha has a healthy population of the elusive black rhino that can regularly be seen coming for a drink under the hot African sun.