|Etosha National Park, here|
On Monday, July 2 I started to traverse the tracks into Etosha looking for large deer while going towards the water points where the wild animals gather to water themselves. Of course much antelopes and zebras of all species as well as birds surprised in their mountings between the shrubs. And finally a giraffe, but alas for this first day no lion, leopard or cheetah, to follow. The loop of the trace on the map is not closed in south-west by an inopportune GPS disconnection consequence of the rough track. The red squares are the visited water supply points.
On Tuesday, July 3 I traversed the track from Olifantsrus to Okaukuejo and back by visiting the water supply points in search of large mammals, that nenni, neither elephant, nor predator, cheetah, lion, leopard, certainly fed with the slender and prolific springboks! On the other hand the surface quality of the track is mainly badly corrugated making the progression slow and painful on the 278 km. At the bivouac the temperature is 2°C at daybreak and 36°C at the zenith.
I spent the day of July 4th at the bivouac of Olifantsrus to prepare the continuation of the journey in Namibia.
On Thursday, June 6 I again traversed the track from Olifantsrus to Okaukeujo then I continued up to Namutoni where I had reserved a camp-site available for two days. Of course on the way I visited the water points to track not only the herbivores, which are plethora, but especially the carnivores, which I still do not see. I arrived at my bivouac at the end of the afternoon tired by 316 km of track without leaving the vehicle by safety according to the regulation of the park. There are enclosures of picnic with toilets.
On Friday, June 6 I traversed tracks around Fisher's Pan as well as two others but without successes to see the large predators which are several thousands. But certainly that the management of Etosha Park did not make release for the tourists present in the park!
|Chudop water point|
On Saturday, June 7 disappointed not to have seen the big cats I bought a Game Drive from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. to track the large carnivores. During the end of the night the guide of the 4x4 used a red light headlight in search of animals; only zebras wandering on the track were found. Then at sunrise the game drive continued on neighborhood tracks. Finally around 8:30 we discovered a lion wallowed in grass probably fed of a springbok whose herd grazed not far. In the opened 4x4 with a wind by 8°C the cold was sharp. Happy to have seen a lion I returned in my truck to heat me by taking a very hot tea.
On Sunday, June 9 I traversed the track towards Andoni Plain while forking on the right & on the left to visit water-points. I was lucky to meet a solitary rhinoceros crossing the track without dealing with me, and it is so much better. Of course I would have liked to see at least an elephant, a leopard and a cheetah. Admittedly I had seen them previously. I made approximately 800 km of tracks at low speed, 20 km/h, in the park of Etosha in 6 days. I saw many exceptional animals. But my localization in the two camps in extreme west and east did not support an optimal visit. It had been necessary to also bivouac in the two median camps. For that it is necessary to take reservations very in advance. I was very lucky to see a lion and a rhinoceros. I found a bivouac at an artesian well 63 km away in the North-West from Namutoni out of park little before Omuthiya.