The_Norwegian

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  1. 2018 will not see me travel to africa, but 2019 i will go again. I have two options that I consider. I have an invitation for a two week trip to the Kalahari in Botswana, or a trip I will take on my own, although meeting up with other participants, in the sabi sands, Djuma p.g.r, with an agency called at close quarters that does photographic safaris and get very good reviews. I have not decided yet, but as of now the weight tips in the favour of the sabi sands, try a little different enviroment. I will keep you posted as to how this turns out!
  2. Thank you, I`m glad you liked the pictures :-)
  3. Erindi. (picture heavy, be warned) 04.30 we were packed and ready to drive the long jorney northbound to Erindi, with the first hours with gravel roads before getting onto the blacktop the last remainig hours. Namibia is a large country, and the all the driving on a actionpacked tour like this in a landy defender is not for the comfort-minded traveller ๐Ÿ˜‰ But hey, we`re not here for the comfort, we`re here for the safari-experience! The last 45 minutes or so into Erindi itself is gravel again, but by then at least I was so excited to be back there and was almost shaking in anticipation of what the reserve would have to show met his year! Checking in, signing the no resposability waiver, and getting settled in the room was a breeze, and it was a happy safarigoer that could turn on the AC, take a shower, get into new clothes and have a coke from the minibar while sitting outside watching an elephant mudbathing itself. This for me, was when the trip really hit the ground running ๐Ÿ˜Š Would my dream of the elusive spotted cat come true this year, or would I end up with a valid reason to come back next year? What about the lions, would they put on a show this year like last time, showing us how a real hunter operates? There was many questions in my head, but no matter what, my motto is I am not dissapointed by what I don`t see, I am excited with whatever mother nature chooses to show me! As last year, we got a vehicle for ourselfes, and we also got our favourite guide from last year, Fn, he is the kind that does that little extra for his guests, as well as being very knowledgeable, and I think he had as much fun as us driving around, both when just bumbling about, and the accational ยซferrari-safariยป. Unlike last year when the drought had taken its toll on the nature, it was a joy to be in a green, lush enviroment, it was very very beautiful, the smells, the sounds. The animals were in a total different state of mind it seemed this time around, as to last year when they had to feed them to keep them alive. Of course it meant a little more driving to find the animals, but i enjoyed it very very much, and could easily stayed an extra day or two ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ok, enough talk, picturetime perhaps?
  4. Thank you very much :-) Yes, the brown hyena was a unexpected sighting, it was very special to me! Next installment will be up and running either this evening or during tomorrow!
  5. Thank you very much! :-)
  6. Thank you very much! More will come, I will just let the first part "sink in" a little first :-) You will love it, but january, you might get a fair share of rain i think :-) Yes, dead vlei is best in the evening, so please consider it, but don`t tell anyone ;-) The light is best, and you will be there alone, or close to it. Only thing is, you will have to push it to get back to your lodge in time ;-)
  7. Yes, it was truly amazing, and not something you see every day, maybe the most special sighting the whole trip! Thank you, it`s hard to choose wich pictures to show, I tried to take a little different pictures this year :-)
  8. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  9. The jorney south. After a long day of travelling, we finally arrived at the airport. unlike last year, we were through passport and baggage reclaim in a breeze, and were met by Walter, our guide in the arrival hall. good thing I was on this trip since i was the only one that knew him from before :-P Our first port of call was the pension moni, a quiet and nice place with a bird garden and a semi habituated yellow moongoose! We went for dinner at, where else, Joe's that first evening for some good meat and slme cold beverage in our glasses, very nice! I fell asleep very quick that evening, and slept good all through the night. We started early morning from Windhoek towards Sossusvlei, driving the route through the spreetshoogte pass, and all to Solitaire, where something cold to drink and various cakes was eaten. The applecake is the popoular choice, I don`t like it, so i opted for a delicious cinnamon-roll. Onwards to the sossus dune lodge, just like last time. Much much hotter this year, i would say a little to hot for comfort for me, with temperatures steadily in the 40`s C. If i were to book a stay in Sossusvlei, personally i would stay at one of the lodges outside the gate, the comfort is better. I would gladly sacrifice the one hour jumpstart in the morning into the dunes for better sleep quality, and also that one hour does not have that much effect if you don`t plan to do the dead vlei in the morning. We did dead vlei in for sunset, wich also means that the vlei has very few visitors. It was very nice to be back in sossusvlei, had a great couple of days, with photographing, quite a lot of walking, sore legs, exhausted and happy, with a really cool sighting that stands out, for me at least! Solitaire! My first attempt at nightsky photo, not perfect in any way, but fun to try! Brown hyena in the dunes! Wow ๐Ÿ˜Š A highlight!
  10. I will try to have something ready by then i think :-) I will try to get cracking on the Sossusvlei-part in a few days :-) Where are you going, Namibia you as well?
  11. So I am back home in a winterly Norway, walked in the front door right before noon. It`s very anticlimatic getting home after a trip like this, but I don`t have to explain that to you guys ;-) It has been a fantastic jorney, I feel i got a whole lot more out of the trip this time then last year, and although a lot of pictures naturally has been taken, I had more of a calm inside me now, allowing me to take it all in in a different way than a year ago. The main part of the trip report shouldn`t be all that many days away, I think i have it all better planned out now! Hope you all will follow my jorney! Here`s a little something to keep the thread warm :-)
  12. just a little something to start with ๐Ÿ˜Š
  13. 900km of gamedriving 50+ lions, including a brute that would send the most notoriuos of lions running, and probably has done just that countless zebras, gnu, giraffes and general game wonderful elephants my first Etosha cheetas birds, birds and birds etc etc That`s a wrap people! A wonderful magical trip has come to an end, just one night left in Windhoek where we are now, then it`s back to reality until next time! The addiction that is Africa is growing stronger each time, and there is no cure apart from going back. I have lots of pictures to work through, so stay tuned, and this trip report will go live during the first half of december!
  14. Greetings from Namibia! Currently in Erindi, it`s so beautiful here now compared to last year, so green and lush, happy animals, happy people! LIttle harder to spot the animals of course, but you won`t hear a word of complaint out of this mouth, I`m in heaven :-) Hope you are all ok :-) Check in with you later!

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