Day 12: Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo Travel Blog› entry 14 of 34 › view all entries
September 25th, 2009 – by: Biedjee
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.
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.
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?
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