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Day 16. Namibia. Etosha- Namutoni Gate

sunny 35 °C

We entered the park at opening time today and planned to do the road where we had seen the rhino the day before. We had seen a few cars on a side road, a small triangle, the previous day and so decided to check it out. We pulled up next to two parked cars and were pleasantly surprised by a mother lion and her three cubs walking along the side of the road. I’d say the cubs were about three months old and wow were they ever playful. They were running and tumbling over each other, close by to mom who was walking eyes looking straight forward, at a constant pace, and with the same expression for the entire 20 minutes we watched them.
Still early we headed out for our rhino loop. We were incredibly lucky and saw two lone rhinos. Both we watched eat, trundle around a bit, and then cross the road right in front of the car. We were very close. We were really feeling like we were in rhino heaven! These two had much sharper horns than the rhino we had seen the night before and definitely looked younger and less haggard.
We did and additional loop that morning, which got us back at camp at around 11 and I was exhausted by that point. A 5 hr drive is a bit long, especially when your private guide doesn’t drive for you, give you interesting commentary, and then stop to provide a snack and baileys coffee.

We headed back into the park just after 2:30 for our evening game drive which was great with giraffe, jackals, zebra, and antelope as the highlights.
We headed out towards Fisher’s Pan again, taking a short cut straight across instead of going around like we did on our first day. We went to see if the Spoonbills had moved any closer (not the case) and so spent some time watching the flamingos.
We next headed over to the watering hole on the triangle loop and watched a herd of giraffe drinking. This is really amazing to watch. Their heads are so high off the ground to reach the water they spread their front legs as far apart as they can, making a triangle, so they can reach the water.
We did the rhino loop again but there wasn’t much going on over there this evening. We had started adopting a practice where the park driver (me) gets to enjoy her cider once we are into the second part of the game drive. I never would have though cider would be my thing but I’d say we both started to enjoy it more and more as the trip went on. It will now always remind me of Namibia.

Posted by Jmclellan 13:50 Archived in Namibia

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