The stories of 15-day trip to Namibia for free we did in August 2016. On this day we leave the hotel in Outjo to cross the Etosha National Park: from Anderson's Gate to Von Lindequist. Come on!
At seven in the morning we were already at reception ready to have breakfast. The hotel breakfast buffet was very good, there was even good cheese, an Asian luxury in these parts. After paying for dinner the day before we started. We had 117 km to Anderson's Gate to access Etosha, an hour and a half trip.
That day we were going to go through Etosha from end to end: we would enter through Anderson's Gate and leave by Von Lindequist to go to sleep at Onguma Resort. There we would stay the next two nights. In the Tourist center the previous day they had told us that between door and door they take some three hours without stops. It was missing to see if that forecast would be fulfilled, but what was clear is that it was necessary to arrive before half past five because at that time they close the door of the resort.
At half past eight we arrived at the door and asked again at the checkpoint to let us pass, since we had paid permits. This saves us the entry queue. Shortly before nine o'clock we arrived at the Okaukuejo camp. We went to the gas station to adjust the wheel pressure to drive on the track ($ 2 + tip).
Instead of going directly to Halali on the main road, we decided to turn off the artificial ponds that are close to Okaukuejo. Again we went to Newbroni, but there was hardly any activity. We follow Gemsbokvlakte, Olifanstab and Aus. In these we saw a couple of giraffes and a lot of kudus. We were glad to see them, since until then they had only appeared on the dinner plate last night.
Later we continue in the direction of Halali. About eleven we arrive at the natural ponds of Charitsaub and Savior. These are very beautiful because they are surrounded by the typical vegetation of the savanna. There we saw a large herd of zebras, the largest we had seen to date. Then we pass near the pond of Rietfonein and we saw a lot of parked cars so we decided to go in and see what happened. And bingo! A pack of ten elephants With a couple of young they were drinking from the pond. This is also a very beautiful natural pond, since you have the green of the grass next to the water and the golden of the dry vegetation on the sides.
Later we arrive at the camp Halali And we made a technical stop. By resuming the path, we look at the pond Helium It was very close, so we took the detour. However, the path is in a very bad state and traveling it is a nightmare. In addition, we found neither pond nor animals.
Then we went to him Etosha Lookout, a path that goes into the main depression of the park and where you can see a flat desert without vegetation, practically 360º. Special. We found that the floor of the depression had a greenish hue.
Then we continue towards the camp of Namutoni. Along the way we run into a family of elephants I ate branches right next to the road (!). Later we turn to see the pond of Batia, but there was no water, although there were quite large herds of wildebeest and zebras in the surroundings. They should be already 2 in the afternoon.
We follow the path. Suddenly, near a fork of the road we caught something brown in the corner of the eye that moved through the undergrowth and was not shaped like a deer! Quickly we stopped the car and, scrutinizing the bushes, we saw in the distance a Lion lying on the floor with your head up. And beyond, another.