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  1. @joliverself, thats a much photographed, and tolerant, Owl at the Dunes, he was sitting right about there in May too, although most people didn't notice. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp looks great, both the Camp and the location. Two images really grabbed me, those Elephants in the Desert in the Mist is something else and the Brown Hyena, how unique, how lucky.
  2. Our last Etosha night was spent at the lovely Namutoni (very nice rooms and food). We had about thirty minutes to spare til the Gate closed. We were on the search for Cheetah, in earnest. The Gods were smiling on us surely. Just East of Halali,about 10 mins drive from the Gate, I actually cant think of a finer way to farewell Namibia.
  3. But life isn’t always so easy for some… Just West of Halali, near Salvadora I think, a Lioness crossed the road toward the Pan She then settled and waited with her were two very thin young Lions, you could count the bones of their ribcages. She watched them as they walked off Some several minutes later we heard a distant roaring, the Lioness stood and came back across and waited again, on the road Shortly a third Lion hobbled in very slowly It really got to me seeing these three young Lions in such poor shape. Prey is abundant here, all I could think was that she couldn’t manage on her own, pure speculation of course. Another more disturbing thought was though, that they were unwell. When we got back I emailed the images through to the Africat Foundation to forward to the Park authorities. Sadly, just before we had got to Etosha, the News stations were reporting several Lions being shot by landowners just outside the Park perimeters. As if life isn't tough enough.
  4. @The_Norwegian, I hope you up-coming trip delivers as much 'pure excitement". 40 degrees is hot, I guess we got mid-20s to low 30s at most, very pleasant.I assume the water-holes were quieter for us. A trickle of animals at Okakeujo rather than a stampede around the clock.That said, Dolomite was "going off", standing room only. @KathBC, Interesting to hear your take, I liked Sossusvlei, but I didn't love it. We have big yellow-white dunes here so I did enjoy the 'orange-Red" colours. What I found most interesting was that anything can find enough to eat and drink there, but there was footprints in the Sand to prove it. We had zero wind at Grootberg, what month were you there? Im glad you had a good Himba visit, we heard, that sometimes now things aren't always so pleasant, heresay of course. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have missed Etosha for anything, I think Etosha Village, just 5 minutes outside the Gate would have served us better than Okaukeujo. BTW, I love BC...my avatar is from the Kutzmateen.
  5. @Antee, you always manage some unique encounters, the Caracal is beautiful, great photos, but the little Pup experience is just harrowing. Poor little bloke....
  6. @Geoff, such a treat looking at your beautiful photos, you got a lot of babies out and about.
  7. @garito01, hello, glad you are enjoying the re-visit, its always fun reading others reports about places you've already been to, good to compare others opinions and experiences I think. Im hoping I didn't come over too negative about Okaukejo (well I probably did actually). For some others, none of those issues would matter because its all about the Wildlife, we just also like a bit of comfort and good food along the way too. @Zubbie 15, good to hear from you again. you're a Tanzania fan too so I understand what you're saying. One day though, you may get the urge for a self-drive, and Namibia is a pretty good place for that.
  8. @Dave Williams, good point about dates and locations, both on 13th/6, I don't know which Waterhole we got the first set of Lion photos at, not far out of Okaukuejo, Im taking a punt on Nebrownii, others may recognise the terrain and correct me. The second set was Okondeka, very reliable for Lions I believe. The Pride there that day was 2 large Males, 2 Lioness, about 8 sub-adults and 2 cubs stashed in the grass. What my photos can't convey is the huge numbers of Herds coming in from both directions at this natural "spring". That was something I did not expect in Etosha, hundreds and hundreds of Wilde's and Zebra thundering in for a drink. A real spectacle.
  9. And again the next day, here come the Herds, unfortunately for them, the Welcoming Committee was there also. The Pride was spread out around the precious water
  10. We did have both Rhino and Elephant visit the Waterhole, the Rhino we could hear before we could see, snorting and thumping in the Darkness. And the next day, Lions at last What happens when there's a couple of Male Lions wandering around This is what all the fuss is about, and why not
  11. Okaukuejo, hmmm, I feel the need to elaborate on my opening comments here. Why didn't I like it? Maybe we'd just been spoilt by our accomodation so far. It certainly was a come-down. The room was gloomy, the shower cubicle got drenched when you showered. There was a kind of linen "sheet" covering and forming the ceiling, all night something thumped around on this sheet. I ignored it, thinking it at least wasn't in the room. Imagine my surprise to wake up in the morning and find little piles of droppings on the floor. I suspect it was actually running around on top of the mosquito netting instead. Look, its Africa, vermin is part of the deal I know....its not as if we don't get Rats and Mice in our own Garden and Ive had Mice in the Tent before. Here with so many people and associated garbage, it didn't appeal. The meals were "buffet" style, breakfast had been all pre-cooked and was sitting in the "bain-marie", including the "sunny-side up Eggs", dozens of them stacked up in an Egg moosh.Yuk. Not a staff member in sight, obviously had cooked and ran. Dinner at night was good actually, Soup, BBQ, veggies, Salads, cake. My only criticism was watching the BBQ man lifting the raw Chicken out with Tongs (tick) then lifting Cooked Chicken off with same Tongs ( big cross). Anyways, enough First World whinging. The Waterhole Chalets look nice, prime location and well ventilated and bright I imagine, but they are as rare as Hens teeth. We stopped at Halali for lunch one day and it seemed to have a nicer feel to it, good food and very friendly Staff. Namutomi too was a nice surprise. I didn't make as good use of the Waterhole as others, husband wouldn't get out of bed and I wasn't inclined to wander around on my own in the Darkness here. Aside from that, I felt we had plenty of day-time Water-hole opportunity on our Drives. So probably for us, we'd have done just as well to have stayed outside the Gate.
  12. Next we had an overnight at Hobatare Lodge, this was not on our itinerary and came as a surprise when we received our “updated” itinerary, it was “instead of” Dolomite, where we ended up with just one night instead of two, as anticipated. Whilst we were not happy about this, that is no reflection of Hobatare. The Lodge was very nice, we arrived in time for Lunch, and this was our view as we ate. We spent the afternoon at their terrific Hide, overlooking the waterhole, it was hot and dusty and unfortunately the Herds that were very active whilst we checked in and had lunch, had all but disappeared. We did a Night Drive too, saw a lot of the animals we had seen during the day, the other group saw Lions, we were a bit jealous of that but with Etosha looming, I felt sure we’d get our turn with the Big Cats. Hobatare is a very worthy inclusion on a Safari in this area, in fact I wished we had another night there to make better use of the Hide, but there you go, roll with the punches. I was very keen to get into Etosha. Im going to roll Etosha into one big post as Ive already waffled on far too much. I had planned on writing a “concise” report with only a few photos, as I felt Namibia had been covered so well by many before me. Here I sit, far too many pages on my Word document and well over a 100 photos so far. I have committed the mortal sin of not knowing or naming any Waterholes, so this will all be a bit random. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t like Jackals, I love ‘em, always there….just in case "mornin Mr Dog, mornin Mrs Pig" Elephants and Waterholes You can never have too many Zebras, and Etosha is full of them
  13. @The_Norwegian, thanks, you must be due another trip back soon? @Dave Williams, I think we had it just right with Palmwag Rhino/Grootberg Elephant tracking, OTOH, maybe we just got lucky with both. We didn't see any Rhino out and about on our Drives in Etosha, so you just never know @dlo, Hi, nice to hear you're thinking of returning, maybe pack some Factor 50 sunscreen and a big Hat, theres a very nice one at Grootberg somewhere. I, and Im sure others, still remember your previous experience. Yep, the Rhino Tracking was great, just a bit "tense", my husband was very relaxed, my middle-name is "quick escape path". Just a couple of weeks after we got back Prince Harrys mate was charged and "gored" by a Rhino. I read the article to my husband who was shocked and said he wouldn't have gone out if he'd read that first. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
  14. It was a short 2 hour Drive from Palmwag to Grootberg Lodge. We had an Elephant Game drive booked for the next day, today was a quiet day to take in the stupendous views from the Lodge deck and our own room. I actually think the Pool detracts from the view but it serves to provide perspective I guess. We've travelled a bit, here and there, and agreed that this rates pretty high on our list of views you could never tire of. An Afternoon Sundowner Drive along the plateau, to get out into it I actually think the view “out the back” beats the view from the Lodge, The next morning there was just the two of us and two Guides for the Elephant Tracking. We’d located them by 8am, on a scrubby hillside. I was happy seeing them from afar, but off we went “bush-bashing”, crawling over rocky terrain through the scrub with limited visibility. All the time the vehicle moving a few metres forward, then backwards, turn a little, then repeat forwards, then backwards, sideways a little, trying to navigate a way through. Suddenly, whoa, theres the Herd right in front of us, a little closer than I’d bargained on. That said, they were pretty relaxed once the vehicle stopped and we quietly watched. They were grazing and moving about around us, there was a couple of mock charges from a couple of young ones. A tad un-nerving, I was acutely aware there was no quick exit outta here. When it came time to leave, the “entry” procedure was repeated, as we crashed thru scrub, down embankments, it seemed each way we went there was an Elephant, or several, behind the Scrub blocking our path. It was a bit of a relief to finally break out into the open again. On the Track out, a big ol Bull trundled ahead of us, we gave him plenty of respect and right of way. My husband reckons he's had enough of Elephants! I did a thorough check of the room as we left, this is something I'm "very" particular on, an hour down the road I realised Id left my new Aussie made hat and Pashmina (doubles as a scarf and camera wrap) on the desk. So, if you are visiting Grootberg and you encounter a very sharply dressed Housekeeping person, say Hi from me.
  15. @Swazicar, always sad to hear this, unfortunately inevitable I guess. I always wish I was brave enough to camp in these beautiful back-country locations.

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