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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park June 21st 2021

Here we are, the last entry of a stunning long week in Namibia. We spent a night in Windhoek as we had to do the Covid test. So drop the big car for a smaller one. Next, drove to play the best golf course in Namibia, I name Omeya. Not cheap compare to South Africa, but beautiful place 30kms South of the capital. Not much to write about a crappy hotel. Dinner may have been in the number one spot by tripadvisor...we did eat way better in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The drive from Walvis Bay from Etosha took us a good 6 hours. Most of the road is actually tar which was not really expected. We crossed very few villages where here you feel really in the middle of nowhere. 10km before reaching Etosha....the Fortuner ... read more
Simba the king...a young one...
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park December 27th 2020

Etosha is Namibia’s Krueger Park. The park is located app. 420km to the North of Windhoek. It is a wide tared road and driving is comfortable and speedy (as we will find out, only for a few national roads you can say that). As soon as one leaves the area of the capital city, traffic density becomes very low. The scenery is one of farmland changing into savannah. We travel on the Central Plateau from 1'700 to 1'100m altitude, the descent not noticeable at all. Passing through towns of Otjiwarongo and Outjo we reached after 5 1/2 hours the Gundawan Safari Lodge. The estate lies at the edge outside of the National Park. A spacious property build on a hill giving the chance to observe the wide terrain from the bungalows verandah. It is rainy season. ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park September 24th 2019

Dieses Drama zieht sich jetzt schon seit Anfang August hin, und ich kann nur hoffen, dass es jetzt ein Ende fndet. In den Usambara Mountains fiel ich um (wie immer im Stehen, ich wollte Paul auf unebenem, steilen Gelände wenden). Nachdem ich mich unter ihm herausgewurstelt hatte, nutzte ich gleich die Gelegenheit, seinen Bauch zu inspizieren. Und siehe da - da war ein Ölfleck auf dem Kardan. Also zu BMW nach Dar es Salam, wo sie nett waren, aber fast keine Erfahrung mit Motorrädern haben und keinerlei Ersatzteile. Alles muss aus Deutschland geschickt werden, das dauert 2 Wochen. Immerhin machten sie einen Ölwechsel im Kardan, und ich fuhr weiter. Neben BMW Dar waren eine Vielzahl von Leuten beteiligt an Pauls Schicksal, die alle versprachen, in Kürze die Ersatzteile zu haben, oder die genau wussten, was zu ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park November 6th 2018

We have been driving our Motorhome now for a month and have driven over 7,000 kms. about 1000 kms has been on gravel roads. The road conditions have been some of the worst I have ever seen and it’s amazing these vehicles can take the constant vibration and shaking. In our group there have been shredded tires ,bent rims and water tanks coming off. We have been very lucky and have not had those problems nor have we been stuck in the soft sand like a few unfortunate others.All that driving in snow over the years sure helps as its very similar. I have had blisters on my hand from the vibrating steering wheel and the motorhome is full of dust from the roads. Its been a great experience and we are sad that we are ... read more
Potholes really means potholes!
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 13th 2018

Aimez-vous les zèbres! Question réthorique je sais. Tout le monde aime les zèbres! Donc rendez-vous au Parc National Etosha pour des zèbres mur à mur. Au premier, on se dit « wow, un zèbre! ». Au cinq-centième, c’est plutôt « C’est quoi l’animal là-bas? Ah, c’est juste encore un zèbre…». Donc nous avons quitté Rundu et la zone de malaria. Il nous reste juste 7 pilules à prendre. Après un départ matinal et une longue route, nous avons atteint la porte Lindequist à l’est du Parc National Etosha, le plus réputé de Namibie et l’un des tops en Afrique. Il fait 22 000 km carrés et est situé dans une zone plutôt aride donc la végétation n’est pas très dense, ce qui facilite l’observation des animaux. Il y aussi très peu d’eau dans le parc, et ... read more
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Éléphant à Etosha
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 2nd 2018

Another early start and this time Chris beats me out of bed. In our special pickup cart at 0615 for delivery to our breakfast. Fed and watered then into our delightfully designed ponchos, with associated pics then up into our truck. Same same as yesterday, join the queue, not too long, but we are behind the very same Range Rover as yesterday...... Into the Park and back along the same road, this time with toilet break.... We drive along the bitumen and there are cars in front of us going in all directions. Turns out an elephant family must have had a party last night. Big droppings all over the road along with left over tree branches. No wonder cars were avoiding that.... Sudden stop, David spots 2 Rhino across the plains. A long way away, ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 1st 2018

Off on our first early safari looking for big game today. Onto the truck and dressed in warm ponchos supplied by the driver. Still not enough to keep the bitter cold off our faces, but anyway, into the wild west we headed. Get to the made road, turn right to the gates of the Etosha National Park which were about 300 metres away and stop. A queue of trucks, cars and safari land cruisers. After about half an hour we are in and on a straight stretch of road similar to the Nullarbor plain. The plan was to stop at the resort for a toilet break then into the park. Oops, bypassed the resort and onto the dusty gravel roads. Yells of stop, there were zebras. No stopping, then we see lots of vehicles on the ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park July 31st 2018

Another early start - thought this was a holiday. Bags packed and up to brekky before sunrise. We are off to our next digs, via a scenic flight up the shipwreck coast of west Namibia, followed by a dolphin cruise from Walvis Bay with lunch and then onto our final leg, the Fort at Onguma in the far central north of Namibia. Plane beats us down by 5 minutes, but no rush as there is fog on the coast. We wait for 15 minutes the off and running. Balloons in the ranges north of us makes for a pleasant take off view. We fly over the dead pan we visited at Sossusvlei the other day. Much more spectacular from the sky. Then onto the coast. Fog, but then as we reach the coast it is clear. ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park June 15th 2018

Om 6.00 uur zijn we klaar voor de eerste gamedrive van deze vakantie. Gisteren hebben we op moeten geven welke frisdrank we mee wilden tijdens deze tocht. De gids heeft er voor gekozen om voor de verandering eens thee mee te nemen, zeker ook gezien de lage temperaturen deze ochtend. Dit eigen initiatief wordt door ons allemaal erg gewaardeerd ;-) Het eerste uur is het in het donker, met het rode zoeklicht van onze gids, wel even speuren naar de dieren. We spotten een eenzame hyena en daarna blijft het behoorlijk stil. Tot we op een gegeven moment 3 welpjes op de weg zien spelen. We stoppen en verwachten minstens een leeuwin te zien, maar onze verwachtingen worden overtroffen als er ook nog 3 jonge leeuwen in het gras liggen te chillen. Gedurende de komende 3 ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park June 14th 2018

We staan vroeg op, omdat we deze dag zo volledig mogelijk willen benutten om de waterplaatsen af te rijden tot aan Okaukuejo. Via Duineveld en Nomab zitten we om 10.00 uur alweer aan de koffie bij Olifantsrus, deze keer staan er enkele gnoes en zebra’s. De volgende grote waterplaats is Ozonjuitji M’bari en daar weten we niet waar we kijken moeten. Zo ontzettend veel dieren hier bij elkaar; zebra’s, gnoes, springbokken en oryxen. We staan hier wel een half uur te kijken en verbazen ons over het feit dat de dieren zich absoluut niet laten storen. Prachtig om te zien. Op de volgende picnic en toiletspot besluiten we even wat te drinken en te eten, alhoewel van echt eten geen sprake is. Niet helemaal voorbereid op een dagtocht die volledig van eetgelegenheid verstoken is, nemen we ... read more
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