Game Drives from Namutoni
Namutoni's waterhole is where John Andersson and Francis Galton camped at the time they discovered the Etosha Pan in 1851. Namutoni has served as a control post and German garrison, and it's beautiful fort was declared a national monument in 1950. This morning Uanee escorts another game drive into the park. Again we're lucky with wildlife. After some close up giraffe and oryx sightings we spot lions. A male and female are fairly easier to see and they move from one shady tree to another, giving us a good view. The other two are harder to see and Dawn and other guests have a hard time persuading some, notably Richard, that they aren't rocks. One rock begins to move so Richard concedes the point. The morning continues well with sightings of more antelope, giraffe, pale chanting goshawks, a secretary bird, black-shouldered kite, and lilac-breasted rollers in flight. We were so much enjoying the tour that we overran by a couple of hours but Uanee delivered a wonderful ending at Chudop waterhole with 18 giraffes, numerous zebra, oryx, blackfaced impala, and then a black rhino. The rhino cleared the waterhole of course. It drank, it swam, then it came out of the water and had a poo right in front of us, before walking within 5 feet of our vehicle. Should you not believe us, Dawn has a video to prove it.