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Etosha National Park

May 2007

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The last week of my trip was spent in Etosha National Park, staying at Ongava Tented Camp to the south and Onguma Tented Camp to the east of the park. Etosha is the largest and most game-prolific of Namibia's national parks, and was quite a different safari experience from what I've experienced elsewhere in southern or east Africa. As Etosha includes the massive Etosha Pan, there is very little rain in the area so much of the prime viewing is done at the water holes (roughly half naturally-ocurring and half man-made). There is no off-roading allowed and also, as a national park, most of the vehicles are self-drive which means that at a 'big' sighting such as lions, there are often far too many vehicles in attendance, prohibiting some of the natural behaviour.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed my time there immensely. Whilst at Ongava I spent more than a day and a half with a pride of 18 lions, observing their behaviour as first they monopolized the Okondeka watering hole, keeping most of the game at a distance (though not far enough way that a couple of the lionesses were dissuaded from making an attempt or two), then a full albeit fruitless day waiting for them to hunt. Prior to that we had the great luck to first see a leopard within the Ongava GameReserve, a sight my guide had not seen for over three years, and a pair of lions mating at Nebrowni watering hole.

At Onguma, the biggest highlight was probably the sight of up to four giraffes at a time drinking in their ungainly way.Additionally we had fantastic sightings of a Black Rhino on its way to the watering hole, my first-ever Elands, a pairof Black-backed Jackals greeting after a thunderstorm, a very young and skittish Kudu calf, and fantastic breeding herdof Elephants.

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