Etosha Trip Report - Part Two - Okaukuejo

We left Halali at sunrise and headed West towards Okaukuejo and the first thing we see is...

... more roadkill!!

The honey badger was still alive but we think its back was broken from the impact of the vehicle...

Honey badger roadkill in Etosha

Plus there was its dead baby that had been knocked flying into the grass...

Roadkill honey badger baby in Etosha

A honey badger is a rare sighting but the speedsters don't care - they will drive over anything in their path!

We arrived at Okaukuejo camp just after lunch and went to our stone chalet...

stone chalet Okaukuejo camp

Okaukuejo is lion country and we had the lions roaring every night and two nights we saw them drinking at the Okaukuejo camp waterhole...

lioness drinking at Okaukuejo waterhole at night

And then we saw more lions nearly every day at the waterholes around Okaukuejo camp...

lion cubs playing in Etosha
Lioness near Gemsbokvlakte waterhole in etosha
two male lions near Nebrownii waterhole in etosha
pride of lions at Homob waterhole in etosha
Mating lions in etosha

Here is a short video of the above mating lions shot on a Sony camcorder...

In addition to lions we had some good sightings of other animals...

oryx in etosha
ostrich in etosha

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springbok in etosha
okondeka waterhole in etosha
black rhino in etosha

And we managed to get some nice sunrise...

sunrise near Okaukuejo camp in etosha

and sunset shots...

sunset at Okaukuejo waterhole in etosha

plus some reflections and silhouettes taken from inside the camp...

blackbacked jackal silhouette
giraffe reflection at Okaukuejo waterhole in etosha
springbok silhouette at Okaukuejo waterhole in etosha
guinea fowl silhouette at Moringa waterhole in etosha

We noticed rhino poaching posters up in all the camps

rhino poaching poster in etosha

and found out that one rhino was poached in Namibia during 2011 and Etosha is bracing itself for the potential onslaught.

Etosha Trip Report Summary

We have been to Etosha on many self-drive safaris but this Etosha trip was our most enjoyable.

We think it was a combination of seeing water in the pan with so many waterbirds in winter, plus the regular leopard and lion sightings and the great sunrise and sunsets that we photographed.

We ended up with good wildlife, landscape and bird photographs so we are already planning our 2012 trip!

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