Self drive safari into the Etosha National Park

After a stormy night just ouside the park, we entered Etosha National Park the next morning from the southern gate. Like with most national parks that we have seen in Africa, the day started out by first seeing various antilopes that usually roam the park in great numbers and therefore cannot be overseen.

Then we passed by a happy family of ostriches:

For breakfast, we stopped at the Okondeka waterhole but at that time of the day not more than a couple of Gemsboks had gathered there. We headed back to the main road and then eastwards. Soon we stopped at the Nebrowni waterhole where seemingly everbody met up at that time of the day.

After a couple of hours of driving in the heat we had seen all kinds of animals from giraffes, antilopes, buffalos, zebras, lions and so on and so on. If was just incredible to see how many animals and especially how many different species called Etosha their home.

Soon enough however the weather started to change and black clouds were arriving from the East.  

Lightening was lighting up the black clouds in the background as we approached yet another waterhole – Springbokfontein. There, for Gab’s delight, we saw giraffes drinking for the first time. This made a rather interesting sight which we enjoyed for a while. 

Soon after leaving the giraffes, all hell broke loose as the thunderstorm had reached us now. The wind had picked up like crazy and we felt like we were driving under a waterfall with the increadible amount of rain that we had. It was not long until all the dirt roads turned into rivers and lakes. It seemed to us as if our car was swimming rather than driving along.

As quickly as the rain had come, the rain disappeared as the sun broke through the clouds once again. Before leaving the park we saw another couple of lions enjoying those sun rays. We had found a group of lions at the lonely waterhole before but these guys here were definitely more photogenic.

After leaving Etosha, we drove over to Tsumeb for fuel and dinner. Although it was already dark we decided to stick to our plan of sleeping at the Treesleeper Camp 65 km north of Tsumeb – a mistake as it turned out. The Treesleeper Camp that we had found on our GPS app looked part abandoned, part in ruins and part under construction. Overall it was kind of a creepy sight and we gave up on the idea of sleeping there. We made our way back to Tsumeb and found a lovely guesthouse for the night there.