Haas Eilande

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Two small islands on the southwestern end of the Etosha Salt Pan, one of which is about 6 times the size of the other.

Their name is an Afrikaans word for 'hare island', referring to the scrub hares that are frequently seen on them 1.

The larger one lies about 260 metres north west of the smaller one, and the land around them is usually dry — unless large amounts of rainfall occur, in which case they are surrounded by a shallow lake.

Both are grassy shrublands, with only a large mustard tree 1 growing on the larger island.

Animals that live here include scrub hares, gemsbok and a few other grazers.

Location of Haas Eilande They are inside of, and 3km from the southwestern periphery of the Etosha salt pan.

How to get thereThere are no roads to it, but it can be seen from a distance from most points near the southwestern end of the pan.

References1. H.H. BERRY et al. (1997) Origin and meanings of place names in the Etosha national park, Namibia. Available at: http://www.the-eis.com (Accessed: 6 August 2019)

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