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  1. Thanks. I've been having a look at their website. We've got to pin down our dates soon. Waiting to find out when our daughter is free to look after our pets. We are also thinking May or possibly April, depending on our daughter's schedule.
  2. I would also love the information for the owner/operator, if you're willing to share. PM me if you prefer. Thank you!
  3. Many areas of Namibia experienced a lot of rain this past season, and the rains lasted a bit later into the season than usual, too. So, there was still some green around, and waterholes were quite full. Therefore, as far as I know, there was no supplementation occurring. I saw no evidence of this. The downside is that there may have been fewer animals and less diversity of wildlife at the waterholes while we were in Namibia. For instance, I've seen pictures of waterholes at Etosha where there were dozens and dozens of different types of animals at a waterhole, and that was not our experience. However, I'm very glad that it rained more this year, and the animals and farmers were having an easier time of it. There are flights over the dunes out of Sossusvlei Lodge. If your main purpose is to photograph the dunes and the pans, that might be a better bet for you than a flight out of Swakopmund (although I believe the Sossusvlei ones are more expensive). It's not that the sights aren't beautiful. They are. I just found it rather long, but that perception may have been affected by my bad mood, too, as well as the fact that we had already spent part of the day driving from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund. And there's nothing to say that you would get such a rude pilot or co-passengers if you went with a different company. One thing to be aware of is that the windows can be quite badly scratched up on the airplane--ours were--adding to the challenge of getting good photographs. The problem was especially acute when the sun was shining on the window. If you are aware of this in advance, you may be able to take steps to minimize the issue (e.g. try to sit on the side that will be away from the sun during the portion of the flight when the sun might be a little lower in the sky, and use manual focus or a "glass through" setting.) I agree that our guide did really well with his planning to maximize our time and select lodges we would enjoy, and stopping at Erindi worked brilliantly to that end. In some cases, his choices were dictated by availability, as, apparently, Namibia has become more popular, and some places book up very far in advance. But I would happily go to Erindi again, and I thought it was a lovely way to cap off our trip. Enjoy your next visit!
  4. Sir Spot was my creation, as I was writing the report. Oh, yes! The eles coming to the waterhole was so exciting and funny!
  5. I understand that Erindi may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm glad we went. At the airport in Windhoek, I met two women from Australia who were on there way there for their 4th visit. One of the main reasons Francois chose it was to maximize our time in Namibia. It's close enough to Windhoek to spend the night there before a flight, provided the flight is not too early in the day. So, we did not spend any nights in Windhoek. Every minute we spent in Namibia was part of our safari. Also, it gave us a great "sit at the waterhole" experience. He was unable to book us into Okaukuejo, as he'd hoped to, so this gave us a lodge where we could sit and watch a waterhole when we weren't game driving. I loved it.
  6. Grrr. Post # 56 should read: June 20 After breakfast, we left Taleni Etosha Village and headed back toward Outjo on our way to Erindi. After a few minutes on the road, Francois pulled over because two guides were stopped with their vehicle. [I hate not being able to edit after an hour.]
  7. Summary Distance travelled: Over 3000 km by land. (Distance travelled by sea and by air not included.) Animals seen: African Fish Eagle Black backed jackal Black rhino Blue wildebeest (gnu) Brown Hyena Burchell's Zebra Camel (near Swakopmund--not native to Namibia) Cape Cormorant Cape fur seal Cape Stirling - the turquoise blue one Cheetah Corn Cricket Crimson breasted shrike Crocodile Desert Adapted Elephant Dik dik Dolphin (heavy sides) Egyptian Goose Eland Elephant Forked tailed drongo Frankolin Gabar goshawk Gecko Giraffe Goshawk Greater flamingo Green Tree Snake (on the road) Grey go-away-bird Grey Heron Ground squirrel Guinea Fowl Hartebeest Hippo Kori Bustard Kudu Lappet faced vulture Lilac Breasted Roller Lion Little Bee-eater Martial eagle Mongoose Mountain Zebra Namaqua dove Namaqua sand grouse Northern black korhaan Oryx Ostrich Pelican Red-faced love bird Rock agama Rock Hyrax Ruppell's Korhaan Secretary Bird Shovelnose lizard Skink Snake Eagle Sociable Weaver Springbok Spur-winged goose Steenbok Tawny eagle Toktoki beetle Two types of Crow- pied and cape Warthog Waterbuck Whip snake White rhino Wild dog Animals Eaten Blue Wildebeest Crocodile Eland Hartebeest Impala Kingklip Kudu Oryx Ostrich Oysters Springbok Warthog Zebra Good Times Had: Too numerous to count.
  8. June 22 We checked out of the lodge at 8 am and drove slowly out of Erindi, looking for animals. We saw a martial eagle, a tawny eagle, and another steenbok. We saw a warthogs a couple of times not far from Erindi. We drove to Windhoek and went to a craft market. We bought an angel ornament and then, on the way to the airport, saw some baboons by the side of the road. Our flight was on time, and we left Namibia, sad to leave and to say good-bye to Francois, who felt like an old friend by this time. However, we felt like we’d had a trip of a lifetime that exceeded all our expectations. What more could we ask for?
  9. We stayed on the deck watching the waterhole for the rest of the day. There was an hour of two when little happened until the elephants came back. This time, the baby was very curious about a crocodile. It was a real Rudyard Kipling moment. I think the baby had a little scare, because, right afterward, he decided to nurse for a minute. When I left to check in for our flight, John saw a blue-green shiny bird with a red eye and some bright green birds with yellow breasts. At sunset, the crocodiles were busy eating a wildebeest they had dragged into the water. We were just saying that we probably wouldn’t see wild dogs when five wild dogs came for a quick drink. They then ran to a clearing on the other side of the hill, where they may have had a kill. John and I went around the path to the other side of the waterhole, and we could look down and catch glimpses of them jumping around. Once again, we stayed at the waterhole until after dark, and then we had our last supper in Africa before going to bed.
  10. We went to wash up, and then Francois came to tell us that there were elephants at the waterhole. So, we returned to watch the elephants; the same group as the day before. On the way, I saw a crimson breasted shrike. I couldn't get enough of these little fellows playing. Shortly afterward a group of giraffes and zebra came in for a drink. Three warthogs also arrived. The mother and baby hippo came out of the water. A heron hung out at the waterhole, fishing.
  11. We were supposed to stop for a coffee break, but when Christophe and asked us whether we wanted coffee, we all declined. Shortly afterward, we saw an ostrich. This one was closer than any ostriches John and I had seen previously. Heading back toward the lodge, we saw white rhinos. There were three. We drove up to two, a mother with a young male. We drove on and saw a kori bustard in flight. We caught a quick glimpse of a dik dik running into the brush. We also glimpsed some hartebeest, but by this time, the driver was in a hurry to get us back for breakfast, so we didn’t stop. When we were almost back at the lodge, we came upon giraffes- a mother and a young one, about 3 months old. It's hard to tell how small he is from the photos, because the mother was a little bit too far away from him to get them both in the photos together for perspective. We returned to the lodge for breakfast and learned that our group had the most sightings of any group that morning. Nobody else saw a leopard, either, and we were the only ones to see rhinos, although another group had seen the wild dogs for which Erindi is known.
  12. We drove into the bush and found the tracking vehicle with the cheetah, a ten-year-old male. The cheetah was radio collared, so that was how they found him. We stayed there for a while to ensure that another group found the spot. Sir Spot was kind enough to pose nicely for us for quite a while before he got fed up and moved away.
  13. June 21 We woke up at 5:15 because we heard lions roaring. We got ready for the game drive and went to the big water hole to see if there was anything. We had coffee then went to the meeting point for the game drive. We were in an open-sided vehicle that had 7 passengers plus the driver. The first part of the ride was fairly uneventful. We saw a male water buck and then, not far away, a female and a baby. We saw a fish eagle, and a lappet faced vulture. The vulture was on the other side of the vehicle in a tree, so I didn’t get a good look, unfortunately. We drove around looking for leopard but had no luck there, but we saw some baboons on the rocks. At one waterhole, we saw impala and springboks. Some of the springboks were pronking—so funny. We also saw mountain zebras, oryx, and a crocodile. I spotted a lilac breasted roller and asked the driver to stop. This one didn’t fly off too quickly, so I managed to get a picture of it sitting in the tree but not flying. A little while later, I saw a movement and saw what I thought could be the grey back of a rhino moving in the bush. Another passenger saw it, too. The driver tried to follow a little way but then got a radio message about the location of a cheetah.
  14. Then the elephants had a dirt/mud bath, showering dirt on themselves and rolling around in it. They went back to the water for another drink before they left. A pair of young ones stayed behind to play for a while. We watched the waterhole until after dark. At sundown, the birds in the trees are amazing: they swoop around in large flocks, so many of them that their wings make a loud whooshing sound. We had a great buffet dinner and went to bed. We had a game drive booked for the next morning.
  15. We were busy taking pictures of the crocs and hippos when, suddenly, we heard a big commotion. A herd of elephants was running toward the waterhole, kicking up dust and trumpeting as they ran. There were at least 16 elephants in this herd, including some young ones and a small baby. They all drank, and the baby had trouble using its trunk to get the water to its mouth, so it eventually gave up and leaned down to drink directly with its mouth.

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