Etosha National Park 2
Up at a modest 6 o'clock for breakfast ay 6.30. On the road by 7.30 to re-visit some of the waterholes and to visit the ones we missed yesterday. No queue at the Park gate, and amazingly we were through pretty quickly. As we had been in the Park yesterday they had our details on their computer!
Started at Klein Namutoni, the Dik-dik Drive, Koinagas, Chudop, Kalkheuwel, Ngobib, and Springbokfontein, Batia, Okerfontien again, then along the Doring Drive to Namutoni, Klein Okevi, Groot Okevi and Tsumcor. Once agIn will have to check our photographs to be sure what we saw and when.
The highlights; the lion emerging from under the bush at Koinagas and walking to the waterhole to drink. Jackals snuck in to grab a bite of the kudu while he was away, but scattered as he turned and trotted back to his kill.
Seven giraffe at the Klein Okevi waterhole, approach the waterhole, waited for an elephant to finish drinking and then some of them drank, the others seemed too nervous. There were older giraffe, very dark in colour and some youngsters. A nice group. We saw white rhinoceros and more elephant and scattered herds of wildebeest and zebra along the Doring Drive. This drive produced the best sightings for us.
We headed back through Namutoni to Onguma about 2.30 to have a relaxing afternoon and enjoy the camp. It was hot, about 30 degrees C, but dry and pleasant. Afternoon tea seemed soon to be followed by cocktails, an Onguma Sunset, then dinner. Once again a fabulous sunset over the waterhole.
Over cocktails, taken around an open fire on a little trraced area overlooking the waterhole, we met a group from Melbourne who had been to some of the places we had stayed at, so swapped notes and had a good chat before a lovely dinner of eland fillet steak, plus the obligatory bottle of red. Bed.
Etosha National Park has been in existence since 1907, which was quite a surprise. It has a variety of terrain and habitat, from the central pan, which was the old lake bed and only fills in the wet season, and then only to a depth of about 1 to 2 metres. It is now a salt pan and very little grows or lives there. Vast open areas of grassland, all scorched and brown and many large areas of thornbush scrub. Very few trees, except in isolated patches and near some of the natural waterholes (many were artificial and had water pumped into them). The whole park was very dry and dusty, it seemed there was very little to eat.
We really enjoyed Etosha, it was a bit sad to leave, maybe will will return as part of our trip for the next 'zero' birthday.