Day 12: Etosha National Park

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sunrise in Etosha
Early in the morning morning we went on another game drive. We had not expected to see much, since the animals wouldn't be needing to come to waterholes to drink, but we need not have worried. The hard gravel road we were driving on proved to be perfect for trapping water, and everywhere we looked we saw giraffes, zebras and antelopes, drinking from little puddles that had formed overnight.
Every couple of minutes or so we needed to stop for animals crossing the road. We heard Riaan joke through the radio "guys, we need to stop here, there's a zebra crossing". Very funny.

After the drive it was time for a looong siesta, since it was too warm to do anything else. The good thing about the warm weather was that we were able to dry our tents and clothes after last night's rain.
not the type of wildlife you want to find in your tent in the morning


I spent the afternoon writing my postcards at the poolside, occasionally going in for a dip, and Robbel had gone to the waterhole with a few others. She got to see about 20 elephants playing around in the water, while I spent the afternoon playing in the water myself. Not sure if I had the right priorities that day...
It was fun in the pool though, a game of 6 a side water-rugby. It was great fun and my team won. In hindsight I am not too sure if it was worth the torn muscle in my arm and the bruised rib... not to mention the elephants I missed...

In the afternoon we went on another game drive, though this time we didn't spot much wildlife. We did get to tick off another African icon on our list though, as we saw a spotted hyena dozing underneath a bush.
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Still one short on the big 5 though.

As we were about to have dinner we suddenly heard the roar of a lion nearby. Immediately we rushed back to the waterhole to see if there were lions there. Well, we didn't see any lions, but we did see a lone giraffe that was basically trapped between two lions. Each time it started to move away from the waterhole a lion would roar and force it to stay put. We were secretly hoping the lions would attack the giraffe, but in the end nothing happened.  The animal just stayed there for several hours, while the lions would occasionally roar. No attacks though.

I must say, watching that giraffe made me realise just how well the characters of the Madagascar films have been created. Giraffes really are as neurotic as they are portrayed in Madagascar. This giraffe would take an hour to walk to the waterhole. Taking a couple of steps at the time, then stop dead in its tracks and look around, before taking another step. And when it finally reached the waterhole it would only take one or two sips before rushing back to the spot where it had started an hour earlier.

Later that night we saw a couple of rhinos coming for a drink and the absolute highlight was when a group of 42 elephants arrived at the waterhole.
This was excellent entertainment. Just sitting on a bench, drinking some wine, waiting for the animals to come. Who needs TV anyway?
Koralifix says:
Amazing pictures!
Posted on: Nov 08, 2009
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sunrise in Etosha
sunrise in Etosha
not the type of wildlife you want …
not the type of wildlife you want…
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
our camp-site
our camp-site
giraffe at dawn
giraffe at dawn
springboks in a mock fight
springboks in a mock fight
etosha plains
etosha plains
you need to stop when there is a z…
you need to stop when there is a …
zebra
zebra
trucking through Etosha
trucking through Etosha
giraffe on the road
giraffe on the road
giraffe
giraffe
ostritch on the road
ostritch on the road
iguana
iguana
kuri bustard - the largest flying …
kuri bustard - the largest flying…
secretary bird
secretary bird
jackal
jackal
jackal
jackal
Etosha salt pan
Etosha salt pan
Etosha plains
Etosha plains
Wildebeest (gnoe)
Wildebeest (gnoe)
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
spotted hyena
spotted hyena
close encounter with an elephant
close encounter with an elephant
elephant
elephant
very old elephant
very old elephant
Etosha plains
Etosha plains
okaukuejo waterhole in the afterno…
okaukuejo waterhole in the aftern…
zebra snake
zebra snake
Okaukuejo waterhole
Okaukuejo waterhole
Okaukuejo waterhole
Okaukuejo waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
Elephants playing at the waterhole
(almost) the whole group at sunset
(almost) the whole group at sunset
sunset
sunset
these sunsets never get boring, do…
these sunsets never get boring, d…
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
giraffe at dusk
giraffe at dusk
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
Okaukuejo waterhole at sunset
rhino at the waterhole at night
rhino at the waterhole at night
elephant at the waterhole at night
elephant at the waterhole at night
elephant at the waterhole at night
elephant at the waterhole at night
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photo by: WorldXplorer