Leaving Etosha

After breakfast at Namutoni we load up our coach and head off to the east. Just after leaving the camp gates we are brought to a stop due to a traffic jam. “Traffic jam” is probably an over-statement, but there are about six game viewing vehicles all looking at something. As we approach closer we see the attraction. A nice big rhino grazing near the road. Naturally we stop for photos. Eventually we decide to move on, but the game viewing cars are still blocking the road. Our coach driver August, decides the only course of action is to head off-road!

Our next mission is to spot for the smallest antelope in Namibia, the Damara Dik Dik. Think Walt Disney’s “Bambi” only smaller. We concentrate all the way along the drive to Etosha’s Von Lindequist Gate, but unfortunately we don’t see anything. Dik Dik are difficult to see, but we have a chance when we get to the Okonjima Reserve, our final destination.

Leaving Etosha National Park we drive along comfortable tarmac roads via Tsumeb and the small town of Otavi, where we stop for a stretch legs, toilets, and Magnum Ice Creams!

Next stop is the large town of Otjiwarongo and specifically the Spar Supermarket! This is a new, well-stocked food and home store, with its own café.

From Otjiwarongo, we are less than 45 minutes from Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, and our home for us for the last 3-nights of our tour. We turn off the main road and pass through security. We are heading for Okonjima’s Plains Camp, which is still a 30-minute drive along the sandy approach road. Richard and Dawn alert everyone to keep eyes open for wildlife, and the warning proves useful …. two Damara Dik Diks and then a few more! Plenty of birds too, and some antelope. And then a cheetah! We stop quite a few times for photos, so we’re rather later than expected arriving at the camp.

The Okonjima Team are ready and waiting at the new Plains Camp Barn. We are warmly welcomed. Iced tea is served, plus the traditional Okonjima afternoon tea and cakes, which is rather tasty. Room keys are distributed and by the time we head off to our lovely accommodations, all our luggage has been delivered. Let’s settle in! All rooms overlook the Okonjima Plains. The views are tremendous and the wildlife is busy walking by our bedroom windows …. Oryx, Red Hartebeest, and families of Warthogs.

This evening Dawn and Richard host a drinks reception before we enjoy a wonderful dinner.