Namibia 2009 - Etosha National Park

We spent 2 nights at each of the three rest camps in the park. As it was getting towards the end of the dry season the waterholes next to the camps made for excellent viewing during the morning and also in the evening when they were floodlit..

As soon as we entered the park we saw this group of wildebeast.

Halali Rest Camp.is the one in the centre of the park. We'd wanted to stay at Namutoni first but the campsite was full so we had to drive for another couple of hours to reach Halali.

There was a rocky oucrop overlooking the waterhole where we saw plenty of animals.

It's great to be able to sit and watch the elephants for an hour or so. You get to see the group and individual interactions.

This group were literally running to get to the water.

The outlet with the fresh water was favourite.

youngsters 'playing'.

Impala and zebra were constant visitors.

Giraffe find it difficult to reach the water.

Namutoni Rest Camp is at an old German fort on the Eastern side of the park. The fort has been re-built and houses a couple of restaurants and several shops.

The waterhole here wasn't as busy as the others except early one morning when groups of zebra arrived. At one time there must have been well over 100 zebra.

These warthogs kept us amused for a while....

... and there were plenty of birds around.

As there wasn't much happening at the waterhole we did drive out on a couple of occassions, stopping at several of the nearby waterholes as well as driving round one of the pans.

A hyena, having just had a drink at a waterhole.

Hundreds of ducks had taken over this waterhole.

A dik-dik next to the road, quite happy to be photographed.

Kori-bustards are over 1m tall.

We watched this jackal circling a whaterhole trying to sneak up and catch the doves.

The following morning the jackal was there again and this time he did manage to catch a dove.

Between Numatoni and Halali you get a good view of the pan which covers nearly 5000 square kilometres!! During the wet season it's full of water but by October has dried out.

Okaukuejo Rest Camp is on the Western edge of the park. This was the busiest of the waterholes from early morning until midday with a consant stream of zebra, impala, springbok, oryx, kudu, giraffe and wildebeast.

Oryx (gemsbok).

Kudu.

At one point we could see 14 giraffe (some amongst the trees).

Black rhino. During the day they stay in the bush but came down to drink in the evening. Once we saw 7 of them at the waterhole (but not enough light to get a photo).

Wildebeast and zebra.

 

One evening children from a local school were singing and dancing outside the reataurant at the camp.

1. Namib-Naukluft National Park - south
2. Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swapokmund
3. Namib-Naucluft National Park - north
4. Skeleton Coast
5. Southern Damaraland
6. Northern Damaraland
7. Kaokoland
8. Etosha National Park
9. Waterberg
10. Caprivi
11. back to Richmond via Botswana
Diary (Word '97 document)

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