I arrived in Windhoek this noon. After leaving Swakopmund on Sunday, we drove through the Damaraland (Damaras are local people) to Twyfelfontein. There we made a walk to see the rock engravings. They are up to 6000 years old. People engraved animals and maps for educational and ritual purposes. Some of them are very beautiful and well preserved.
Monday and Tuesday we spent in the Etosha National Park. We made some game drives and saw lots of animals, among them black and white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, oryx, springboks, blue wildebeests, lions, ostriches, impala, jackals, warthogs, cow antilopes, kudus and different birds. Very special was the large lion family ( one male and four females) that was sitting next to a waterhole. A lot of other animals (zebras, springboks, wildebeests) that wanted to drink by the waterhole, were closely watched by the lions. One could see that these animals were really scared because of the lion's presence, but as long as we stayed there, nothing happend.
Our first camp in Etosha had a waterhole nearby. There were always animals drinking there. We even saw elephants, giraffes and a lion family with chicks around the waterhole. That was absolutely amazing.
Yesterday we were at the Waterberg Plateau. It's a large table-shaped mountain in the middle of an otherwise completely flat area. In the afternoon some of us hiked up the mountain and had a great view over the surrounding landscape. On our way up we saw tic-tics (smallest antelope in the world), baboons and dassies. Because we are often sitting in the truck most of the day, we were glad that we could finally do some sportive activity again...!
Today I'm going to explore Windhoek and tomorrow we will cross the border into Botswana.