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More game viewing and on to Rundu

Day 14 we were up bright and early, packed up camp and headed off for Naumotoni Camp. On the way there we came across another leopard J. We arrived Naumotoni which is an old fort that was built by the Germans around 1907 to protect their occupation against the Ovambos. It has been well renovated and is in good condition. Unfortunately though, the camp itself appeared to be a little run down. We left Etosha and headed North to Rundu via Tsumeb and Grootfontein where we stopped to shop and catch up on work at an internet café. On arrival in Rundu we found a camp that looked reasonable and after finding someone to fix the water supply and electricity, and after sorting out the myriad mosquitos, we settled in for a good night's sleep.

Fort Naumotoni Etosha

Fort Naumotoni Etosha


Ostriches Etosha

Ostriches Etosha


A confusion of Springbok Etosha

A confusion of Springbok Etosha


Leopard Etosha

Leopard Etosha


Elephant hiding Etosha

Elephant hiding Etosha


Carmine Bee Eater I think

Carmine Bee Eater I think

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Game viewing for the special people

Day 13 was a game spotting day to remember. We started out fairly early and with the heat soon realized that our best viewing chances were to be had at the water holes. The main highlights of the day were as follows:

<ol start="1"><li>A lioness and her tiny cub walking down the middle of the road.</li><li>A trio of amorous giraffe deciding who belonged to who.</li><li>Getting stuck in between a herd of around 15 elephants of all sizes for around 30 minutes and then on our escape being held up by another big elephant bull who insisted on walking ahead of us down the middle of the road.</li><li>On the way back to camp we came across a young Leopard lying in the middle of the road.</li><li>On arrival in camp we visited the camp waterhole to find a few elephants and two BLACK Rhino, the first I've seen since I was a child.</li><li>After a well earned supper we climbed into bed only to be serenaded by a commotion created by Lion, Hyena and Elephant all yelling and screaming together. Not sure what that was about.</li><li>Finally at around 2am I got up for natures call only to find that the resident Honey Badger had come into the tent and stolen one of my shoes!!!!</li></ol>

Lilac Breasted Roller Etosha

Lilac Breasted Roller Etosha


Red Haartebees Etosha

Red Haartebees Etosha


Zebra Chaos Etosha

Zebra Chaos Etosha


Lioness with cub

Lioness with cub


Lioness with cub

Lioness with cub


Elephant bums Etosha

Elephant bums Etosha


Amorous giraffe Etosha

Amorous giraffe Etosha


Giraffe drinking Etosha

Giraffe drinking Etosha


Bull elephant Etosha

Bull elephant Etosha


Leopard Etosha

Leopard Etosha


Black Rhino Etosha

Black Rhino Etosha


Black Rhino swimming Etosha

Black Rhino swimming Etosha

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Etosha National Park. A big treat.

Day 12 saw us up bright and early for a visit to the various attractions surrounding Twyfelfontein. The flies in the early morning whilst packing up were unbelievable, there was simply no escape. A lot of stuff is advertised but most of it was disappointing, apart from the Petrified Forest which had some really big examples of fossilized trees that were supposedly deposited there during the ice age from the Congo region some 250 million years ago. One of the trees is 30 meters long. From here we drove on to Etosha Pan Game Reserve, booked in and set up camp at Halali Camp. On the way to Halali we took a short game drive and came across a pride of 8 lions that walked past us, one by one, about 10 meters away. Another hot night made more bearable by the lovely swimming pool on our doorstep. Soon after sunset we were visited by a Honey Badger that was after anything edible, rather like our Samango Monkeys are at Cape Vidal. He was very persistent and a little bit scary with his big claws and sharp teeth.

Large Fossilized Tree

Large Fossilized Tree


Fossilized Lizzard on fossilized tree

Fossilized Lizzard on fossilized tree


Long fossilized tree

Long fossilized tree


Organ pipes rock formations

Organ pipes rock formations


Springbok Etosha

Springbok Etosha


Lion Etosha

Lion Etosha


Bird Etosha

Bird Etosha


Bear Etosha

Bear Etosha


Elephants Etosha

Elephants Etosha


Jackal Etosha

Jackal Etosha

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Heat, flies and wilderness

Day 11 we left Henties and headed North towards Etosha Pan. Our first stop was at a small mining town of Uis where there is an abandoned tin mine. The day was HOT, HOT, HOT, 39 degrees by 10am. From here we headed for the Brandberg which is the site of the world famous "White Lady" bushman paintings. W arrived at the site at around 2pm in 45 degree temperatures only to find that in order to see the paintings we would have to undertake a 2 and a half hour walk in this heat. Being Zululanders, “No Problem”. Shit it was hot, I nearly died. However the walk was worth it as the paintings are quite impressive being some 7000 years old. The “White Lady” is actually a man. From here we went on to Twyfelfontain where we booked into the most amazing campsite set into the mountains of the Verbrand Range. We had the camp to ourselves and had the most amazing romantic evening under the stars. The heat didn't let up and the only way to keep cool was to wet our shirts and sit in the breeze.

Happy cat campsite Henties Bay

Happy cat campsite Henties Bay


Birds seeking shade behind telephone pole

Birds seeking shade behind telephone pole


Shacks in the desert

Shacks in the desert


Long road to nowhere

Long road to nowhere


Walking in 45 degree heat

Walking in 45 degree heat


White Lady paintings

White Lady paintings


Our camp at Twyfelfontein

Our camp at Twyfelfontein


Keeping cool in a wet shirt

Keeping cool in a wet shirt


Camp view Twyfelfontein

Camp view Twyfelfontein

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Henties and the Dead Sea

Day 10 was held as a day of rest filled with fishing and more fishing. Unfortunately, nobody told the fish. On the way up to mile 100 we took a divert to visit the "Dead Sea” which is an old mica mine that has filled with water that has seeped in underground from the sea. Since this water is salt water and as evaporation takes place, the salinity of the water rises to such high levels that when swimming we simply bobbed above the water like beach balls, a very weird experience. The sea was biggish and very warm for Namibia. We did come across a really good hole at mile 100 that was already occupied by a fishing charter guide who wasn't keen to share. While we watched his group caught 7 nice Bronze Whaler Sharks of between 60 and 110kgs. They were using kob heads for bait and my old mullet heads didn’t seem to do the job in nearby water that really wasn’t up to scratch. Apart from this all we could catch were a few Skaam Haais.

Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea


More Floating

More Floating


Still floating

Still floating


We're all floating

We're all floating


No sinking possible

No sinking possible


Happy seal

Happy seal

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