Hello, I’m finally back to tell you a bit about the wildlife part of last year’s trip to Southern Africa. I guess the wildlife is top of many peoples’ list for visiting Namibia and, for us, it certainly lived up to expectations and reputation. We were very lucky indeed.
Apologies for another long absence. The summer has flown by, very busy but very good too. I’m working away busily on new plans to fill my time as Katie has just started school (gulp!). I’ll share them soon here and if you want a sneak peak have a look at my instagram feed where I’ve been sharing lots of snippets of what I’m up to! But before I head off in a slightly new direction I really want to catch up on some overdue posts. I do hope that all’s well with you and thank you so much for sticking with my erratic presence!
After leaving Brandberg we travelled to Etosha National Park – and stayed in a couple self-catering chalets at Halali Camp. The chalets were great and we’d all really recommend Halali if you’d like to stay within the park. As with all parts of Namibia, and indeed travelling in Africa in general, be aware that utensils, crockery etc in the kitchen may be very limited – you’ll manage but might need to keep cooking pretty simple ( we had a couple of cooking rings and a table top small oven). And there is always a braai (wood fired traditional barbecue) outside every property, which most Southern Africans would use in preference to a kitchen while on holiday. Southern Africans and their braais go hand in hand! Etosha is set up so that you can self-drive all through the park and because of the ecology of the area there is a lot of activity at the waterholes. We have very many special memories. Such as spotting some strange elephant behaviour and eventually finding a large male lion in the undergrowth – he was given a fair bit of grief by the mature females in the elephant herd while the youngest calves were shepherded away, and when the adolescents tried to hang back and browse in some trees they were told in no uncertain terms that they had to come too. Once the elephants had left the lion made his leisurely way out to drink and then lay down beside the water for a sleep – leaving all the herbivores hanging around in the scrub unable to come down to the water and drink!
Our last stop was Erindi Private Game Reserve, again self-catering. This is a fabulous private park with very experienced staff and the benefit of staying here was being able to go out at dawn and dusk for guided game drives in their viewing trucks (the only way out of camps at night is with a guide as camps are locked overnight – if you lose track of the time you’ll spend a lonely night in your car with very large wildlife all around!).