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Relaxing from Elephant Phobia

Day 17 was a day spent game viewing and relaxing. Not too much driving, a bit of sleeping and a bit of beer drinking. The area, although beautiful is quite overgrown and the sign posting is virtually non-existent. We spent the morning exploring and generally getting lost or fighting the sandy roads in 4×4. We actually got lost for about an hour and were it not for our GPS might well have still been there. We did however see a lot of animals, especially elephants. In addition to the elephants we also saw Lechwe, which is a first for me, as well as giraffe, kudu, hippo, impala etc and one leopard in the distance. The evening was spent in the company of a group of afrikaaners from Limpopo Province….."Nou gaan ons braai”.

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An introduction to Elephants

Day 16 was a day that was supposed to be fairly relaxed. We eased into the day by spending time on the internet sorting out work related stuff. The camp where we were staying had free internet J. We then discovered that we needed to forward book and pay for any of the Game Reserves that we would like to visit. After a bit of messing around we eventually found a very helpful travel agent who sorted all our requirements in a couple of hours. After a bit of shopping we left for Moremi Nature Reserve. The trip was uneventful and we eventually arrived at our campsite and started setting up camp. This is when the fun started. We had put up the tent and were putting the stretchers etc inside when Corinne started pointing and waving frantically. Looking out of the tent we saw a huge elephant approaching straight towards us. We vacated camp and retreated to a better vantage point as the elephant proceeded to feed on Marula fruit all around the tent and the bakkie, at time touching the tent and bakkie with its trunk. We were hiding behind an old building watching nervously when the next moment the elephant began to approach us. We decided to get inside the old building only to be attacked by a swarm of wasps. I was stung three times and Corinne once and as I have a slight allergy to wasp stings we both bailed out of the building in favour of our chances with the elephant. We then snuck around the back of the building thinking to get to the bakkie to retrieve a camera. As we got to the bakkie a second elephant appeared so we both bailed into the bakkie where we were essentially trapped for the following hour and a half whilst both elephants continued to wander around eating Marula berries and at times coming so close to the bakkie that we could have easily touched them. Shit that was a nerve racking experience. Eventually they moved off and we were able to escape. After a short game drive we returned to camp to discover that a group with whom we had shared camp in Rundu were also at the same camp. We decided that since there is security in numbers, that we should move our tent close to theirs in case of further animal incidents. After a pleasant braai with bonfire we settled in for the night. At around 2.00 am we were woken by a huge commotion. Hyenas had moved into camp and raided our neighbours' camp stealing whatever they could, including their whisky!!!!

Buffalo Moreme

Buffalo Moreme


Elephant in camp Moreme

Elephant in camp Moreme


Elephant bum for Justin Moreme

Elephant bum for Justin Moreme


Elephant tail too close for comfort

Elephant tail too close for comfort


Elephants Moreme

Elephants Moreme


Elephant footprint after the fact

Elephant footprint after the fact


Sunset Moreme

Sunset Moreme

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Africa and police.....very clever.

Day 15 was border crossing day from Namibia to Botswana. We crossed the border at a little place called Mahembo, but not without incident!!! On arrival on the Botswana side and after presenting passports and car documents we were informed that our brand new vehicle had popped up on the Interpol site as having been stolen!!! What a circus. After around 45 minutes of discussion we were asked to accompany the officials to the police station in Shakawe where we were introduced to the CID. This was followed by a lengthy inspection of our vehicle in order to find the chassis number. All corresponded to the papers but still the police weren't satisfied. We were left to wait in the station until finally the problem was solved, a Hyundai with a different chassis number was registered with our number plate in ……… GREECE!!! F#@%k can you believe Africa? So now back on the road again and off to Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Game Parks of Botswana and all booking need to be made from here. We arrived in Maun around 5.30 and booked into a very nice campsite on the bank of the river.

Entry to Botswana

Entry to Botswana


Campsite Maun

Campsite Maun

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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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