Etosha

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Flag of Namibia  , Kunene,
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Etosha

On the way to Etosha not far from the Mission station we stopped to look at a "Geyser" or Brakfontein. Here, in the middle of nowhere a strong fountain pushed water out of the ground.  Besides it being used as a picnic spot, it seems to have no other use.  The water was not warm but is crystal clear.  The word “brank” indicates that the salt content in the water is high.

From here we entered Etosha at King Nehale Gate.  A bit of a short cut.  No sooner had we entered did we start seeing evidence of Elephants in the area.  At first we had grass lands on either side of us, then it changed to rather dense vegetation with trees and shrubs right up to the edge of the road. We wondered how much we would be able to see.  One of the first sightings was Giraffe.  Duikers, springbok and warthogs. The Vegetation faded as soon as it appeared.  Flat pans laid to either side of the road leaving one a clear view up until the horizon. To get a feel for the environment – enlarge the photo's to see.

Short before arriving at the first Camp, Namutoni, we saw our first Elephants.  Yipeeee!  A large number of blouwildebeest gathered at the split in the road.  After having a look at the camp we asked if we could stay for 6 nights.  2 nights in each of the camps.  We were told that the entire Etosha was fully booked for camping.  They could however offer us a room for $2000 N dollar a night.  Ooops! Not good.  There were also a number of camps outside of Etosha that one could stay at.  We decided to drive on to the next camp and exit Ethosha there.  We so enjoyed Etosha with its great atmosphere.  Judging by the number of campers that passed us by – we believed fully that the camps are all booked out. 

We had to stick to the main road as we needed to be in time to exit the park before the gates closed. We saw large numbers of animals including Lion at a water hole.  Content that we got the essence of Ethosha we made peace with leaving the park. 

Okaukaujo is the camp where we would exit.  It is a beautiful camp, much nicer than the previous one.  A little sad I went into reception to pay for a day visit into the park.  A gentleman came in just after me asking for a camp spot.  He got the same news.  As a result of the SA school holidays the park was completely fully booked.  He begged. They started speaking in their own language and asked if he would be ok with a spot without shade. Yes, no problem, he just wanted to be in the park.  When they assisted me I said I had the same predicament as this gentleman.  Short before long we both had camp sports – even if they were not official sites. 

Good! We could stay.  We step up camp, had a hot shower and went to the water hole to view game at sunset.  Rather special.  Seeing that we were clean for once, we decided to eat at the restaurant for dinner.  They had a buffet.  Special treat was the local children that came to entertain us with song and dance.  Unfortunately I did not have the camera with me. 

We got up early enough to see the sunrise.  Because we had to leave by 10am we went for a short drive before packing up.  What luck!  We saw a Lion about 5 meters from the car.  Just warming his bones in the sun.  5 Lionesses took a stroll up the road. A number of cars followed them.  They got fixated on an Oryx and started the long and slow approach.  We watched them for at least an hour.  It was very interesting to see them work as a team.  The kill never took place as the Oryx was on to them.  It was good enough for us. 

Content we packed up.  Our neighbor very impressed with our time of 12 min.  They had come around the previous day to look at our trailer and tent.  They are looking at buying one.  We also gave him Kobus’ details as they are from CT and the Predator Manufacturer is closer to them then the Desert Wolf.  They could also chat with Kobus as he has a Predator.
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