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Dolomite : Day 1 at Etosha National Park

Day one of Gordon Donovan’s journey back to Namibia’s Etosha National Park. After a long drive I have arrived at Etosha.

Living Desert Tour

My first full day back in Namibia as take the Living Desert Tour with Tommy Collard, a 4×4 adventure drive through the dunes outside Swakopmund.

Erindi Game Reserve

A hippo comes up out of the water to show off his strength with his massive jaws and teeth.

Erindi comprises of 79,000 ha of pristine wilderness, and presents an amazing array of diverse landscapes – from golden savannah to dense bush with mountains, natural waterholes, grasslands and pans.

Day 7: Etosha National Park

a waterhole is filled with action

All the animals from Noah’s Ark were taking a break at the Nebrownii waterhole.

After checking out of Namutomi Camp, drove west towards Anderson Gate where the trip in Etosha began. Said good byes to fellow guests who made travel across Etosha with us.

Day 6: Etosha National Park

Chudob waterhole is filled with impalas

The Chudob waterhole is filled with action as impalas drink with caution as the sun begins to set.

Up before sunrise and waited for gate to open. Again we started out at sunrise and visited several waterholes. As headed out, a hyenna crossed our path right where the leopard had eaten the springbok the night before.

First stop was Kalkheukel, good choice with the sun at our backs. A great deal of activity there with oryx, kudu, impalas and zebras.

Many birds around like a Martial Eagle and Guinea Fowl were everywhere.

Day 5: Etosha National Park

A leopard awakes after an afternoon nap and meal of springbok

A leopard awakes after an afternoon nap and meal of a springbok antelope.

Up early and checked out of Halali camp and drove to Goas. There we saw an injured lion along the parking area near the waterhole. She had a puncture mark on her upper chest. Perhaps from a fight with another member of her pride. Off in the distance was an injured ornx. If you can two and two together, maybe a fight with the oryx.

Then headed to Ngobib Waterhole, not a good location. Some animals but difficult to shoot. Off to Kalkheukel and saw some elephants. Sat there awhile and some kudus and zebras showed off, also a hyena.

Day 4: Etosha National Park

A pride of lions rest in the grass at the Salvadora waterhole.

Up early and here at this Halali camp, the gates open up at first light. Rushed to eat and get some gasoline. Drove to Goas Waterhole and hung out there for a few hours. Not much going on there today.

Day 3: Etosha National Park

Young lions chase each other

Young lions chase each other at the Gemsoblate waterhole.

Packed up and had breakfast, then had to wait for rude staff to open to check out at Okaukuejo Camp. Headed to Newbrownii and found nothing, but at Gemsoblate we saw encounter elephants and three playful young lions.

Day 2: Etosha National Park

Zebra's drink from Newbrownii waterhole

Zebra’s keep an eye open for danger as they drink from the Newbrownii Waterhole just outside the Okaukuejo Camp in Etosha National Park on Sept. 30, 2012.

Woke up early to be first out of the gate – grabbed food and waited for gate to open at sunrise. What a magnificent sunrise, not use to see sunrises living in the city.

Headed to the Odondeka Waterhole. Got there early, but there was no sign of lions. Backed up truck to take a look at something and got stuck off the side of the road on a drainage pipe. I managed to get out, by turning wheel and sticking the truck into 4-wheel drive.