Tree Trunks and Trunks

Etosha Travel Blog

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This morning we will travel to the extraordinary Petrified Forest, with its huge fossilised tree trunks, which was declared a National Monument in 1950; it is estimated to be about 200 million years old, and both the bark and the tree rings are perfectly preserved.

The Etosha National Park offers, arguably some of the best game viewing in Africa.Etosha, meaning ‘place of dry water’, is encloses a huge, flat calcrete depression (or pan) of about 5 000km². The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos.

 Okaukuejo is one of the three rest camps situated within the park where you can stay.Okaukuejo camp is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it  functions as the administrative hub of the park, and the home of the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the pan.

The first game we see on our way into the park in the late afternoon is a pride of lions starting their hunt. Up in front of us a mini  bus has had a tyre blow out. Luckily there are plenty of vehicles around to warn the driver to get back inside and wait for the lions to move off.

We arrive at the lodge,shower and have dinner and then head out to the waterhole which is floodlit to aid game spotting. Then to bed as it's an early start in the morning for our first game drive.

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photo by: marg_eric