Days 313,314

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Days 313,314… Etosha National Park
Today we do some more travel to Etosha National Park (290km, approx 6 hrs). Etosha National Park is home to a wide range of Southern Africa’s wildlife, including all the big carnivores and five rare or endangered species: black rhino, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik (sadly, we saw no dik-dik). The wildlife is prolific and Etosha has every right to proclaim itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent wildlife areas. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is difficult to see through but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to usually allow for some sightings. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores.
We stay at two different campsites in the park – Namutoni and Okaukuejo, both of which have cranky unhelpful staff… unusual as literally everywhere and everyone else has been lovely. Okaukuejo Camp is apparently particularly spectacular as it overlooks a floodlit waterhole visited by many different species throughout the day and night… except when we were there and it was as vacant as a Kardashian’s skull. Speaking of which, I have now seen seen a lot of skulls in and around the parks… including 3 full carcasses on our game drives. An elephant with and few jackal around it… an old lion… and a giraffe. Nature at work my friends, family, folks and followers!

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