A pair of resting lions, Etosha, Namibia

Then there were lions, Namibia

In Africa, Far, Namibia, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

Your very own self-drive safari

We had envisaged there would be more wildlife heading into Etosha, but not to this extent.

On leaving Dolomite Camp we start to head east, but before that we pulled into the watering hole that we had observed from our room the previous night.

A giraffe stooping for a drink, Etosha, Namibia
A giraffe at a watering hole, Etosha, Namibia
Dolomite camp & its watering hole, Etosha, Namibia
Three springbok by a watering hole, Etosha, Namibia

Take care, you’re in their environment

What is wonderful about Namibia is that as long as you are sensible and keep your wits about you, this country can easily be toured around under your own steam.
Although we stayed in lodges of an evening you can actually camp on top of your 4×4. This will give you a bit more of that one to one with nature experience.
The hire company will supply you with a tent specifically for your truck and give you the run down on the do’s and don’ts.
 
Along the route we came across 3 bull elephants either side of the road. We stopped for a few snaps and remembered the advice given by a guide earlier, give them space, give them respect. We did, and we made it safely past them.

A big bull elephant, Etosha, Namibia
An elephant checking us out, Etosha, Namibia

Although the camps and lodges offer a selection of safari tours, which are fantastic. You can still embark upon your own adventures during the day, visiting the plentiful pools.

A flock of ostriches, Etosha, Namibia
A lone oryx, Etosha, Namibia
A herd of plains zebra, Etosha, Namibia
A wildebeest (or gnu), Etosha, Namibia

A few more waterholes, an assortment of the usual, (how familiar you become).

A small group of elephants, Etosha, Namibia
Resting the trunk, elephants at the watering hole, Etosha, Namiba

LIONS…………..

Until we hit a waterhole where we saw the unusual.
 
It’s bizarre but we nearly didn’t notice the pride of 7 Lions taking shade from the sun. We were looking up and not down.

A pair of resting lions, Etosha, Namibia
A pride of resting lions, Etosha, Namibia

We carefully manoeuvred ‘Heidi’ to allow us to grab some shots. As we sat an admired the pride, another couple of families arrived, and like us they missed the obvious – but as is the way, if you spot something, you share it. We indicated to the other family and moved onto our next destination.

At this point we understood the importance of staying in the truck.

Onto Okaukuejo Camp

The drive to Okaukuejo was full of more stunning wildlife, it truly was amazing.

An elephant relaxing, Etosha, Namibia
Zebras sharing a joke, Etosha, Namibia
A mixed bunch, Etosha, Namibia

Okaukuejo Camp has the facilities for all types of accommodation from full board to camping. This mix of adventurers makes it a fairly lively resort.
 
Whilst it’s great to explore during the day, you’re likely to miss the animals that are more active in the cooler evenings & night time. Therefore, we pre-booked a night safari that started around 8:00pm. It’s worth looking at the offerings as you can’t beat the specialist knowledge & equipment (okay, a huge spotlight for picking out the wildlife)
 
This adventure allowed us to bag another of the big 5 – the rhino. These massive, prehistoric looking, beasts demand a huge amount of respect. They are renown for having very poor eyesight, and if they feel threatened, they have one rule – charge. A rhino can easily disable the most robust of 4×4’s so approach with caution.
 
The total tour lasted 3 hours, but that time just flew by.

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Then there were lions, Namibia was last modified: June 13th, 2017 by Janis