Noniams waterhole

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Named after a smelly shepherd's tree that grows near it, this small spring provides sweet tasting water, but tends to dry up as the dry season progresses 1.

The locals used the tree's berries for food1.

It is one of Etosha national park's natural waterholes, fed by rain water.

It sits on lower ground than its surroundings, but unlike most in the park, shrubs grow right up to the water's edge.

What to do thereGame drives and game viewing

Best time to visitJust after the rainy seasons of December to March, when it still is full and water is scarce in other parts of the park.

Location of Noniams waterholeIts sits near the road from Halali camp to Goas waterhole, amidst the shrublands on Etosha national park's eastern end.

Further down the same road — when coming from the north and Goas waterhole, is a T-junction with one road heading west to Elandsdraai koppie and the other to Koinseb waterhole.

How to get thereBy road — about a half hour's drive east of Halali camp.

References1. H.H. BERRY et al. (1997) Origin and meanings of place names in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. Available at: (Accessed: 6 August 2019)

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