Namibia – Saffies and Aussies on Safari – Day 13 and Day 14

Sunday 14 June 2015 Okaukuejo

We go out at 6:30 this morning and visit a couple of waterholes.  There is not much except for the usual suspects.  We see one elephant.  It is good, though, to see that there are animals scattered about.  We return at 8:30 for breakfast and then do our own thing for the rest of the day.

Breakfast at Okaukuejo

Breakfast at Okaukuejo

Earl takes some lovely shots of animals at the waterhole.

Lots to see at the waterhole

Lots to see at the waterhole

Keeping an eye on the ladies

Keeping an eye on the ladies

A tawny hoping for a snack?

A tawny hoping for a snack?

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Janet and Stuart arrive and we find their camping site and invite them to join us for a braai in the evening.  We have a great time.

Braai

Monday June15 2015 Are there any Lions in Etosha?

Our six days in the park are stunning. We have marvellous encounters with elephant, zebra and giraffe.  We see black rhino at the waterholes and the weather is fabulous.   But hey where the hell are the lions?   Certainly none cross our path.  Okay, so we come to the parks for the birds and enjoy whatever happens to turn up – but this is the first time ever that we’ve visited a major park and not seen cats.  Yes – we  see Cheetah but they are half hidden and boring.   And when you have overseas guests you want to impress them with the king of the African Bush for Goodness sake.  So it was with a slight feeling of disappointment that we exit Okaukuejo Gate for the last  stretch to Anderson Gate and I say, Don’t worry guys – we will probably get lions in Kgalagadi.
Then just minutes from the gate we see a few cars stopped up ahead.  Wendy yells What’s that?

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A lion cub slipping through the bush

Soon we catch sight of 4 lions.  1 mother, 2 small cubs and an older sibling we think.   The Mom and big sister flop down under a tree but the cubs go on a bit further and then flop down in full view.  Oh Joy!   The older one gets up after a while and joins the little ones. We spend 20 minutes watching them get up and wander and return to the comfort of their spot. we reluctantly bid them farewell and continue happily on our way to our next destination.

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We reluctantly bid them farewell and continue happily on our way to our next destination.

Goodbye Etosha

Goodbye Etosha

We check into Sun Kaross, Daan Viljoen at 1ish and are assigned chalet 8 and 9.  Great spot but the view is of an empty dam!  Our accommodation is stunning but it is very cold.  Luckily we have down duvets and extra blankets and we put the airocn up to 30.

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We unpack and have a cup of tea and then go on a journey of exploration.  The list of game includes warthog, giraffe, zebra, red hartebeest, eland, jackal, wildebeest and kudu.  Erich is delighted when our first spot is a single wildebeest and red hartebeest together!  We follow a 4×4 trail and find all the species except eland, zebra and jackal.

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Red Hartebeest

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Go Away Bird

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Short-toed Rock Thrush

IMG_5719 IMG_5718 IMG_5708 The braai facilities are great but the chalet is not equipped with crockery and cutlery.  There is a fridge, kettle, glasses and cups and saucers.  Tea and coffee are also provided.
We go to the restaurant and find we are the only chalet dwellers and there is no one else there for dinner.  We order the chef’s curry which is a huge helping and totally delicious.  Erich has Schnitzel, which is okay, if a little dry. The value for money is good.
Nobody wants dessert.

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One thought on “Namibia – Saffies and Aussies on Safari – Day 13 and Day 14

  1. Oh my gosh what Luxury in the bush. It looks a stunning place. The animals are wonderful once again. I feel I have been there with you. Drive safe.

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