We couldn’t come all this way and leave out Etosha even though we will be seeing lots of game throughout Africa. We entered the park at the recently opened northern entrance, the King Nehale gate near Andoni and about 90 kms East of Ondongwa. The Gate is 65 km from Namutoni. The first part over the pan which had water and grass on it! There were lots of water birds in the flooded areas.
The next part of the road had thick savannah and thorn trees. The rains have caused the grass to be higher than the car in places. Saw elephant and lots and lots of giraffe, especially at Klein Namutoni, a favourite Waterhole of ours.
The camp at Namutoni is lovely and even has grass. There were three backpacker overland vehicles there too. One from Kenya and the others from the Helderberg. We were entertained by a family of banded mongoose and ground squirrels in our camp.
We planned to spend only two nights in Etosha and set off the next morning to Okaukuejo. The drive was special with lots of animals and birds.
We stopped at Halali to make ourselves lunch at the camp and continued towards Okaukuejo.
The light was so spectacular when we reached the camp we continued northwards to a few waterholes on the edge of the pan to take photos.
Let Solveig continue:
Lunch at Halali (halfway) at campsite. Took photo of George with new sticker for Tortoise.
I went to check pool, met Ian near restaurant (always trying to walk, need exercise!) and continued on our journey to Okaukuejo for our night stopover.
We stopped at a beautiful view of the pan and opened the back door to take George out and show him. CATASTROPHE – where is George???!!!
Realised that I must have left him at lunch stop in Halali. Phoned the camp in tears – prayed. We rushed back 120kph (60 kph speed limit) in an absolute state – found George in exactly the same place we had left him. Felt like a really terrible irresponsible parent! Just cried with joy and thanks – he was unharmed and happy to see us!!!
We had to stay in Halali for night instead of Okaukuejo. The pool is very large and Ian was able to do 20 lengths. Exercise!!!! Yippee!!!!. That night wewq had roaring lions and were entertained by 5 large badgers, emptying dustbins and scrambling for food.
We enjoyed a lovely supper – sirloin steak with pepper sauce, coleslaw and baby potatoes!!!! A celebration meal. I now understand why we must have our children when we are younger, we are too forgetful in our old age!!!!