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Etosha National Park and Waterburg Plateau, Namibia

May 13, 2009

Day 13

We left the lodge in Swakopmund early in the morning and drove towards Etosha National Park. This was going to be the first place where we were going to do some real game drives and hopefully see some animals. We got to our campsite around lunchtime and then headed into the park for an afternoon game drive.  During the game drive, we got to see countless giraffes, springbok, and zebras.  There were saw from a distance two lions, one female and one male, that were away from their pride on their “honeymoon” week.

The highlight of the day was definitely the Black Rhino that Lori spotted. Rhinos are really difficult to see, so we we were lucky to spot even this one:

Day 14

We did two more game drives in the morning and afternoon. We didn’t see any more lions, but I managed to spot another Rhino (it may have been the same one as the day before, but we’re not sure.) We also saw an elephant late in the day.

Day 15

We left Etosha and arrived at the Waterburg Plateau National Park in the afternoon. We took a short break in the camp in the middle of the day waiting for it to cool down before we went up the plateau.  While we were waiting a big group of mongoose came into the camp. It was about an hours walk up to the top of the Plateau for some really spectacular views.  Along the way, Rahul almost stepped on a Adder (no picture though), but it had been sunning in the footpath that we were taking up the plateau.

A view of Waterburg Plateau from our camp.

A view of Waterburg Plateau from our camp.

Our camp with several mongoose surrounding the tents.

Our camp with several mongoose surrounding the tents.

On our hike up the plateau.

On our hike up the plateau.

Pretty view from on top of the plateau.

Pretty view from on top of the plateau.

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