Magnums in Otavi?

Added 23 Jun 2014

We leave Etosha National Park this morning via the eastern gate towards the mining town of Tsumeb. On the drive to the gate we are looking for the tiny Damara Dik Dik, the world’s smallest antelope species. They are difficult to spot but this is the right habitat. Unfortunately no success today but as our guide commented, at least we tried! Before Tsumeb we make a comfort stop at Oshikoto Lake. Part of an underground river system, the lake was exposed when the roof of what was a large dolomite cave fell in. The lake is small in diameter but very deep estimated to be in excess of 142m in places. During World War One the German forces dumped many of their weapons and heavy artillery guns into the lake. Some have since been recovered but not all. The rare and endangered fish species, Otjikoto Tilapia, is found in the lake.

Next stop is the small town of Otavi, or perhaps the cross roads in Otavi would be a better description! Our driver August needs to refuel so we stop at the petrol station and Dawn takes the opportunity of buying everyone a Magnum Ice Cream. The petrol station staff seem slightly bemused that over 30 Magnums are purchased by one person.

A lunch break is scheduled in Otjiwarongo. Learning from our previous tour the bakery café is not open so we suggest a Spar supermarket. Apart from a vast range of goods the supermarket also has a nice café area and toilets. Unfortunately one of the toilet doors locks itself with a client inside and unable to exit so we have to call maintenance and break our way in. A few minutes later our guest escapes and we are on our way. The door frame will need replacing before our next tour.

Around 45 minutes after lunch we turn off the main B1 road onto the Okonjima estate. The estate is so big it takes nearly 30 minutes to drive from the gate to our lodgings. However we are viewing wildlife on the way so it is time very well spent. Warthogs have become a firm favourite with some of our guests so we are asked to stop every time we see one. Okonjima must be a centre for Warthogs because they are at every turn. Richard vetoes any further photos of Warthogs (for the time being).

Arriving at Main Camp Okonjima we are warmly greeted by the staff and local guides and we settled in!