Off to AfriCAT!

Added 28 May 2012
Leaving Namutoni we drive east and exit Etosha at the Von Lindquist Gate. One of the staff from Okaukuejo Camp is at the gate hoping for a lift to the town of Tsumeb. He is retiring in the next couple of weeks and needs to register at the government office in town. We're heading that way so we offer him a lift. Tsumeb is twinned with Chesterfield in Derbyshire so we look out for appropriate signs but regretfully find none. Anyway it looks a prosperous place. We continue via the town of Otavi and stop for lunch in Otjiwarongo. There is a nice cafe here and also plenty of shops. Richard and Dawn visit the nearby supermarket for more water supplies but discover the place crammed packed with shoppers so have to abandon the plan. Apparently it is busier than normal due to end of month pay day. We drive on to another supermarket and manage to enter, buy and exit in 5 minutes. From Otjiwarongo it's only 30 miles drive south to the Okonjima turning. Here we revert to a sandy road as we make our final approach to the home of AfriCAT. Staff at the Main Camp are ready to greet us and we're soon sitting in a beautiful lounge, welcome drink in one hand, and pen in the other. We need the pen to sign a local disclaimer acknowledging the risk of being near wild animals. We all duly sign up. After some free time we meet up for our first Okonjima dinner, then huddle round an attractive real fire before half the party visit the nearby nocturnal hide. On their return Richard is advised they saw five porcupines, a honey badger and four jackals. He's not quite certain whether to believe the list because Dawn escorted this party and she has a habit of elaborating. However, everyone seems pretty impressed. Hopefully Richard's group will have a good sighting tomorrow evening.