Namibia – Saffies and Aussies on Safari – Day 12

Saturday 13 June 2015 Halali to Okaukuejo

By 7:00 a.m. we go off to have our last breakfast at Halali.

Earl forgets to refuel so we can’t take the long route to Okaukuejo.  We stop at a few waterholes but as we get nearer and nearer to Okaukeujo it became drier and drier.

Still we enjoy what we see, the highlight being a honey badger in its natural habitat and not scrounging in dustbins for tourists’ left-overs.

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A nice mix of creatures

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He is too quick for a good photograph

He is too quick for a good photograph

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Honey Badgers are tenacious little creatures with little fear. They will stand up to lion should there be a confrontation. Their hide is tough and unpalatable to most predators.

We check in at reception at 9:00 but of course our rooms are not ready.  However, we get our numbers and take a look at what facilities they have to offer. We are pleased to see there is a braai.    So before going for a drive we shop for supplies.   Luckily this shop is better stocked than the previous two camps.  We get fresh tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, potatoes and onions. The meat on offer is ‘game’ but no mention of which animal.   It looks good so we buy fillets and steaks and some sausage.   We also indulge in an ice-cream treat, stow the goodies in the car fridge and set off for a our drive.

Okaukuejo

Okaukuejo

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Male kudu with his females

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Shy Steenbok

This jackal was hiding away to take a nap

This jackal was hiding away to take a nap

We return at 12:00 but the rooms will not be ready till 14:00  So we have a drink next to the pool.  Erich and Earl climb the tower and then come back to tell us that they’ve spotted elephants and would we like to go for a short drive to find them. Of course we do – and we find them.

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They are heading toward the camp waterhole and so we race back and sit there and wait.  A springbok stands stock still staring into the distance and Wendy says, – I think he senses the ellies.  Sure enough they appear at that moment, come down to drink and play and it is fun to watch.

Here comes the matriach

Here comes the matriarch

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We then check into our chalets

For the record:   Bush chalets are either two bedroom (4 beds) and one bathroom or one bedroom (two beds) one bathroom at Etosha.  Halali and Okaukuejo have braai facilities.  Halali provides crockery and cutlery – Okaukuejo does not.  There is no stove or hot plate.  There is a fridge in each unit. There is a kitchen with sink, kettle, cups and saucers and tea, coffee, sugar provided.  Work space is limited.  You need to bring your own pots, pans, chopping boards, braai kit etc.

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Comfortable bedroom

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Basic Bathroom

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Small open plan kitchen/sitting room

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Basically equipped with fridge and sink

While I am waiting to get my keys from reception there is a man ahead of me in the queue.  He asks if there is DSTV.   “No sir, – no wifi – no TV – We have a waterhole with live animals”

“Oh no – I want to watch the rugby”

“The springboks are here,” I joke.

He is not amused.

We relax for the rest of the afternoon visiting the pool and the water hole and enjoy a great braai for supper.

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