Etosha

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
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Trip End Jan 19, 2011


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Flag of Namibia  , Outjo,
Friday, December 10, 2010

We headed north into the dry, flat heat of Etosha National Park.  Our last game drives would be here and I've been excited about the park.  It's been a while since we had a few days filled with animals.  It's so dry in the park that I expected to see some good stuff just by hanging around one of the watering holes.

The setup of the park itself is really unique.  We stayed at a very well decked out camp ground.  I would even call it "posh" with three bars, a huge pool area and tablecloths over the flagstone veranda.  Best of all was the location.  Just a 2 minute walk from our tents brought us to one of the permanent waterholes.  The fence goes quite close around a quarter of the waterhole, allowing for great views. Because of the heat, most animals visit for water at night...which is why the place is lit.  This place is seriously like watching a live version of National Geographic.  They have a webcam in place & I can remember checking it out from time to time years ago when I worked at Lowe's.

So, I saw some amazing stuff.  Most remarkable, and certainly a highlight of the entire trip, was a group of 4 rhinos (3 adults + baby).  Two of them didn't seem to be exactly friends and we were treated to their dispute for over an hour.  Dispute over, they stayed for another good bit grazing.  Check out the videos.

Our streak of lion spotting also continued in Etosha.  The exceptional one here was a group of three who were spotted with a zebra kill.  They had dragged the kill close to a culvert and we only happened to spot it.  The kill certainly wasn't fresh, but there must have been a few morsels left as  we saw them on both days we were in the park.

So, there are always chances of seeing more of Africa's large animals, but it's much less likely to happen in my last week on Shashe.  We head further south tomorrow & will be stopping by a massive seal colony.  Sounds stinky!  Risk of malaria is also gone after Etosha.  Will be glad to get off the daily doxy.
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