Etosha

When this National Park was founded in 1907 when Namibia still was a German colony, its size was over 90.000 square kilometres. Today, Etosha is 22.000 square kilometres large with its centre, the Etosha Salt Pan which in itself covers about 5.000 square kilometres alone.

 

Nyati the Land Rover in the Etosha Salt Pan

 

According to the "San" ancestral history, this place was where a "San" mother cried for her murdered child ... her tears dried and later became the salt pan.

 

Right after the gate, we see the first elephant in Etosha ... directly next to the road. Impressively big!

 
 

And even more elephants at the first waterhole.

 
 

And giraffe ...

 

... and more ...

... and more ...

 

Sooo beautiful!

 
 

Rhinos at the waterhole at "Halali" rest camp

 
 
 
 
 

An African Scoops Owl

A Kudu

 

Springbock ... funny jumpers! We could watch them for ages!

 
 

Hundreds of zebra ... wonderful!

 
 

The first lioness we see ... you can't imagine how loud the roar is! LOUD!

 
 

Orxy at the waterhole ... already recognizing that something else is about to come to join them ...

 
 

... and then she comes ... sometimes patience pays off!

 
 

... only to drink! It probably is too hot for her to hunt - a pity! For US!

 
 

And then she crosses the road directly in front of us! So impressive!

 

A Blackfaced Impala ... just relaxing next to the road

A jackall resting in the shade

 

Blue Wildebeest ... Punk is not Dead!

 
 

And then suddenly there is a roadblock ... actually a large elephant bull and there is (another) car between it and the herd at the waterhole ... slightly NOT amused!

 
 

... and BIG, REALLY BIG! Quite scary!

 
 

Eehm ... never actually knew that elephants had FIVE LEGS!

 
 

Ostriches ...

 

Secretary Birds

A Tawny Eagle at the Okaukuejo waterhole

 

Sunset giraffe

 
 

Namibia is suffering under a draught ... some animals don't make it unfortunately!

 

We stay two nights in the park, one night at the "Halali" Restcamp and one at the "Okaukuejo" Restcamp. Both have artificial waterholes where even at night you can watch animals, but we like Okaukuejo better (better accomodation, better food and better service!).

Generally said, the state owned camps in Namibia (NWR Camps) are not as good as the private ones, which is very sad as Namibia could earn even more money with a bit more maintenance and a better service!