now it's 19 may and we have left grootberg, taking the direction northeast to kamanjab. we have 380 kilometers to go to our next camp. driving on these gravel roads is slow going if your inexperienced like us, but being green has its benefits, we saw baboons, sable, hornbills and warthogs along the way!
we stopped in kamanjab for petrol and money. i love checking out these small towns, always wondering how it would be to live there. in kamanjab the shop where we paid for gas, bought water and found an atm machine, also had an amazing assortment of goods. i found a pair of desert boots, made from kudu and six or seven small skeins of yarn! i bought the boots, but left the yarn on the shelf. i wonder what will become of it...
our welcome to etosha!
one last rest stop before camp (there are very nice rest stops here)
this is us, anderssons camp. it's located right before the etosha gate, in it's own reserve, ongava. we learned ongava has everything etosha has, game wise, except the elephant. when we went through the gate, signing in, reading the rules : stay in your car until you reach camp! chuck asked me which animal i thought we'd see first? i answered : i hope the giraffe! i love giraffe and in some ways it doesn't feel like i'm really in africa until we see one.
after our warm reception from emile and patience (with cold juice and wet cloths) we sat in the comfortable lounge area to watch the resident water hole, since it was already too late to enter etosha national park.
the zebra had a drink and also watched the guinea fowl
a southern yellow-billed hornbill flew in
and then pumba arrived, (wart hog) , he took a sip
lay down in the mud
rolled around until thoroughly satisfied
and then tip toed away
shadows grew long, night sounds of the bush began to fill the air
we didn't return to our room (tent), choosing instead to stay on the veranda and have dinner, staying outdoors, watching the comings and goings of the waterhole and now drinking wine, thank you patience! (she said wine was included with our meal, i said oh boy! she giggled. hee hee)
next morning, we are at the gate when it opens at 6 am.
many people drive themselves around this reserve, which it was made for. there are a few rules to follow, all practical sense. this park is huge, which way to go though? our guide book had all the waterholes listed, so after entering the first gate and then buying our permit at okaukuejo, we headed for the closest waterhole, nebrowni. then gemsbokvlakte and olifantsbad. things were quiet, we saw a few new birds and many springbok
our truck was in the way of a photo showing just how close she was. chuck took a brilliant picture, him being on the right side of the window. we immediately felt sorry for her. this effort had taken everything out of her
i hope you do better tomorrow simba
the silvery white sand plays tricks on your eyes, and mirages blur the horizon. this is a good time to be at etosha as the dry season is upon it now, causing huge herds of animals to congregate at the many waterholes here
or this? thank you mister warthog
in the road too
we made a mistake in planning, we have two days for etosha, today we're leaving for our last camp, okonjima. making notes for next time, if you come, you must have at least three days at each end, the west and the east. that is what i think, there is too much to see here, so much to discover